A healthy and nutritious diet plays a huge role in losing (and maintaining!) your weight, but it’s just one piece of the whole picture! Exercising is an integral part of living a fit and healthy lifestyle, and losing weight (just like eating healthy) is just another piece of the puzzle. Exercising regularly is proven to prevent diseases including diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. I know how hard it is going from a more sedentary lifestyle to an extremely active one…it’s not overnight, but it is worth it! Here are some of my tips for going from sedentary to strong!
1) Start small! If you start with a long run or an intense spin class you’re more likely to get discouraged and give up, just because it’s not intense doesn’t mean it’s not good for you. If you aren’t used to working out go for a walk or attend a beginners yoga class.
2) Don’t overexert yourself! This ties into #1 but if you do too much too soon you may end up injured and then you are just right back to the start.
4) Use numbers as motivators! I have found that I am able to do a lot more in a workout if I can see my progress and challenge myself to beat my numbers. Apps like “Map my run” will track your workouts and keep you updated and motivated!
3) It’s not just about your body, don’t underestimate the power of your mind. I tell this story to everyone, but before I was a runner I hated running! When I was in high school I wanted to get fit so I looked to running. l literally started telling myself “I love this!” “this is fun!” It sounds ridiculous but I really started to love it! Start telling yourself that you can do it and that you love it and pretty soon your body will catch up.
4) If you max out on a run and need to walk try to make up for it by doing something else. I like to punch the air or pulse my arms out at my sides. You can also do isolations to get at your core (hold in your stomach and move your ribs side to side.) every little bit counts!
That’s it! Now I’m off to spin…Happy Tuesday!