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Thursday, April 27, 2017

6 Dope Tips To Start Your Fitness Kick

On any given day, in any given country there will be a number of people starting a fitness kick. The great thing about fitness is that you can start anytime, yet you can also fail at any time of the year.

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You might have ‘been there, done that, bought the T-shirt’ and now you’re ready to smash it. Lucy loves Fitness is right behind you, so here are my top 6 tips to start a new fitness kick and SUCCEED!

1. Set realistic goals that will motivate you

Setting an unrealistic goal will only lead to disappointment. Make your training and nutrition manageable - you'll be surprised how quickly it becomes part of your routine.

Week-by-week, plan out what you’re aiming to achieve. Week 1 might be exercising 3 times. Week 2 might be that you’re not going to eat out at all that week. Week 3 could be that you won’t drink any alcohol (Yes I know, this is hard) and increase your activity to 4 workouts…and so on. Map it all out, and know on Monday morning exactly what your goal is for the next 7 days.

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2. Consistency is key

Just like with anything in life, if you start and stop you won’t get anywhere fast. This is why setting realistic goals is extremely important. You need a routine that you can sustain for weeks to come, not just a quick fix. Adjust your mindset to be consistent for the long-term.

3. Tell your friends + family that you’re working towards a goal

If you decline a glass of wine or a cheeky muffin you’re not being rude, you’re just making sensible decisions to help you along your way.

Yes, peer pressure will come in to play. It always does, yet when your friends see all your hard work pay off, they will wish they were as strong willed as you. I’m not saying you have to say “no” to everything, but it’s a word you’ll eventually learn to love. 

4. Pack your bag the night before

You’ve put your training session on your calendar. It’s etched in pen, so don’t just look at it when the day comes.  Make it happen! 

Either lay your gym gear out on the bed if you’re going in the morning or pack it in your bag ready for later in the day. 

Similar concept for your food. If you have been super organized and done some batch cooking, then you should put the containers you need for the next day at the front of the fridge. 

Any ambient items which don’t live in the fridge, can be left out on the kitchen side next to your keys, or by the front door. Make it as easy as possible for yourself. 

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5. Enjoy your training!

While there are advantages to certain styles of training, it's often the case that the exercise you enjoy will get you the best results. 

There could a fitness craze sweeping across the world, and sure it might be worth a try, but if you don’t enjoy it and don’t feel the benefit then you’re not likely to want to get up at 6am to do it. 
That being said, nothing good ever came out of a living in the comfort zone. You are going to have to push yourself, break that sweat, get that heart rate up and feel uncomfortable

Find the right balance for you. Such as 3x gym sessions per week and 1x fast paced walk outdoors. This way, you’ll get a mix of high intensity and lower impact exercises per week.

6. Stay calm 

If you missed one workout or one meal that you had to eat, acknowledge that it happened, and move on. 

Move on to the next time you can be active as quickly as possible, or to the next meal. Don’t write off the day and certainly don’t write off the week.

If you have to eat out unexpectedly look for the healthiest item on the menu with some protein, veggies / salad, and good carbs if possible. 
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Lucy loves Fitness offers personalized Online Training for women who want to lose weight, feel healthier, feel better about themselves and make some positive lifestyle changes for the long-term. Online Training is very similar to having a Personal Trainer in the gym, except with a lower cost per week and more access to me for expert advice. 

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this useful tips. I will be follow these.