As a fitness professional, whenever I'm around a group of friends or just people in general, they want to make it known that they are making healthier choices. I often hear "I'm coming to see you soon," or "I need you to help me lose my stomach," or even "I want to work out, but I love eating" LOL!. If I had a $1 for every time I heard someone say one of those phrases I would be a wealthy man. Most of the time my response is "come by the gym and let's get started," but rarely do they follow through with my offer. Trust me I understand starting a fitness journey is not easy, but continue reading, and I will give you a few tips that can help you get started.
One issue I have with society, the African American community, in particular, is that we don't choose to adopt a healthier lifestyle until we are advised by a medical professional. True enough, working out alone doesn't cure all health issues, but it decreases the chances of anything happening. The ultimate goal is to "live your best life," but are you truly living your best life with joint paint, low energy, and a body image that you are settling for?
TIPS TO START LIVING HEALTHIER
Disclaimer: Please don't compare yourself or your lifestyle or image to any of the fitness models/enthusiast on social media. I am guilty myself, but some of those people are fraud and very misleading. If there is someone that inspires or motivates you then great, but please do not compare, it only leads to discouragement.
- The first thing one must do, and yes this is cliche, is mentally make up their mind that investing in a healthier life is what they want. Often individuals begin a new fitness routine, and soon after fall off for various reasons, but mainly because they are not mentally prepared for the challenge. Therefore, figure out why you are making a change, set short term and long term goals, understand that there will be good and bad days, and remain consistent in your efforts.
- Once you have prepared yourself mentally for your journey next, you should do your research or seek help. There is so much information available that it can be overwhelming figuring out which workout program is for you or what fad diet you should follow. Understand that what works for one person may not work for you, I suggest you seek help from a fitness professional or medical professional. Either professional will help you come up with a structured plan to lead you through your journey, which leads to my next tip, planning.
- The average person goes into Planet Fitness get on two cardio machines for 30 minutes a piece, then have a conversation with the buff guy that knows everything, play on a few machines incorrectly, and then leave. There is no plan or structure, you are wasting time, and you are frustrated because you do not see results. Have a plan when you are working out. Planning saves time, and it allows you to see what is working and what's not.
- Lastly, if all else fails get active and start moving. Whatever physical activity you enjoy doing, do it, and do it often. Our sick society derives mainly from our sedentary lifestyle. We sit 8-10 hours at work, and come home and sit 4-5 more hours watching tv. Sitting majority of the day along with eating processed and high sugar foods has caused an epidemic of an obese country. Some regions are affected worse than others, but there is a struggle amongst the majority. Start by being physically active 30 minutes a day for three days a week, and see if you feel any improvements in your everyday life.
I'm not one to force anything on anyone, but I am more than willing to educate and help those in need. As a fitness trainer, I have some the same struggles with eating and working out as anyone else. The only difference is that I discipline myself and I have goals and I a lifestyle I wish to live.
If you need help getting started or have questions about what you should do, feel free to reach out to me. Go to www.quikfits.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm ready to help improve your life. We only have one life to live, why not make it your best one.
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