GETTING YOUR FITNESS GOALS STARTED
Getting started on a life changing exercise regimen can be a daunting tasks for a lot of us. I would compare it to driving to a destination without any directions or setting sail without a navigational system. But why stress yourself when you are about to make one of the most important decisions of your life - it should be exciting - as exciting as it was when we first walk on a college campus! I am here to help you generate that excitement by providing you with the directions it takes to achieve your fitness goals building muscle, fat loss- or cardiovascular endurance; we will lead you in the right direction.
PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE
“Patience is a virtue” is not just a cliché, its reality! We must crawl before we can walk. We will show you how to achieve your fitness goals the right way, no gimmicks or quick fix solutions. You are embarking on an exciting lifestyle change; remember it’s a marathon not a sprint. Losing weight, gaining muscle or improving your fitness will take time. It requires patience to reach a specific goal and with time and consistency the fruits of your labor will show. I always tell clients; the body is like building a temple- a solid foundation- building a temple will take time, patience and the correct blue print.
CHANGING OLD HABITS
The hardest part about learning something new is forgetting the old. In order to eliminate the old habits, one must set realistic goals. You have already conquered the most important goal by making the decision to change your lifestyle.
So let’s briefly discuss setting realistic fitness goals for yourself, for example, the choice to eat one slice of pizza instead of two, - but not abandoning the decision not to eat pizza entirely in the beginning. It’s about starting with small increments to achieve the aggregate. Start to make a conscience effort to increase your water intake, the rule of thumb is- you should divide your body weight in half that will give you the total ounces of water you should consume in a day.
Begin to look at the caloric and most importantly sodium content in foods, if you’re pressed to eat at a fast food joint, make smarter choices. I would feel better eating a grilled chicken sandwich than quarter pounder with cheese. Bring a nice piece of fruit from home and you can hold the fries and eat the apple with the sandwich, remember this in the back of your mind- small increments will result to big gains!
Only 5% of Americans engage in physical activities three times a week, so plan a workout regimen that fits into your busy schedule. Engage in a fitness activity once a week then increase it to twice a week- in no time you will be join the 95 percentile group!
Remember, it’s a marathon not a sprint, so be realistic and you will start slowly eliminating the bad habits. You will be on your journey- a journey to new and better you.