Feeling uncertain about how to get started on your fitness journey?
Or maybe you have been exercising for a while and you feel STUCK….
Today, I’m going to share some broad ideas and recommendations that might lead you in a forward, progressive direction in case you’ve been feeling stuck, frustrated, uncertain or unclear about how to keep progressing.
I think about Fitness in 3 Phases:
The Beginner phase (Part 1 of this podcast)
The Committed phase (listen to Phase 2 )
The High Performer phase (listen to Phase 3 )
I’ll briefly describe each phase so that you can see what resonates with you and your situation best.
The Good and Bad News
I’ll talk about the good and bad news that comes with being in each phase because no matter where you are on your fitness journey, there will always be challenges to overcome and advantages to be grateful for.
What to START and STOP Doing
In the end, I’ll share a few bullet points of what to START or STOP doing while in each phase so that you can get unstuck, motivated and continue reaching new levels of health and fitness.
Are you ready to dive in?
Phase 1: The Beginner
If you are in the beginner category, you have decided that it’s time to live a healthier lifestyle.
You feel tired, overweight, unmotivated and unsure of what to do.
You know that you have to start making some changes or it will only get worse.
The bad news:
Everything will feel hard.
You won’t enjoy the process.
You’ll miss your old foods and habits.
The good news:
Any healthy changes you make will provide quick results.
You will quickly see some weight loss, have more energy, more positive mood.
These results will help you to stay motivated.
What to START:
Start practicing the most simple healthy habits:
- drinking more water
- sleeping 7-8 hours a night
- eating more vegetables
- walk daily or exercise for at least 10 minutes a day)
What to STOP:
Stop practicing the most common unhealthy habits:
- stop drinking soda and drinks high in sugar (including some juices)
- stop eating fast foods or frozen dinners
- stop snacking on junk foods (candy, chips, donuts, cookies)
Don’t Feel Intimidated…Just Start
Most people in the beginner phase feel intimated to start their fitness journey because they read articles and diet programs that require them to go from zero to 100 in a day. I suggest going from zero to 10 in a day. It’s actually the hardest 10 you’ll ever work towards but after you get the wheels moving, it’s much easier to go from 10-50mph which is Phase 2.
So don’t go to hard too soon but get started!