Year after year the same problem exists for many people: they just don’t have the time to work out and focus on getting healthier. There always seems to be an excuse and fast food and junk food seem to be easier options these days. I’m here to tell you that there are “easy” ways to get into shape and stay away from bad food choices. I’m no expert, but I’ve had success in achieving my fitness and lifestyle goals (I dislike the word “diet”). First off, you have to evaluate what your goals are going to be (that’s right, goals). Having goals will get you to where you want to be. If you don’t set goals, then you’re going to end up disorganized, and ultimately, you won’t be achieving your fitness and lifestyle goals.
So, where should you begin? You should start by figuring out what kind of working out that you want to do. There are several options that you can choose from: do you want to add muscle like a bodybuilder, or do you prefer to be lean and toned? Now, how many days do you plan on working out? Three times a week, five times a week, or 6-7 times a week?
The next step in your fitness and lifestyle journey is to decide how you’re going to work out. Again, there are several options. There are various gyms that you can go to, but also consider working out at home. Everyone has their preference on where they would like to work out, but working out at home has a lot of benefits. I’ve experimented with working out at gyms, but nothing compares to working out at home. First off, you don’t have to worry about membership fees, and you can exercise in the comfort of your home without anyone watching your every move (literally). One of the best at home workout programs out there is P90x. I’ve completed the P90x program, as well as P90x+ and P90x2 with success. If P90x is not your type of workout, there’re tons of other workout programs out there. I’m a big fan of beachbody.com they have something for everyone that will fit your needs during your fitness and lifestyle journey. Also, there are a lot of apps if you prefer to workout from your phone. FitStar is a program that I’ve been using recently, and it’s an excellent program. The main thing to take away from here is to commit to something, and stick to the plan no matter what! Scientific studies have proven that if you stick to a habit (in this case, working out) for 21 days, you’ll do it without even thinking about it, and it will become a part of your daily routine.
One of the most integral parts of your fitness and lifestyle journey is what you eat. Admittingly, this was the hardest part for me (and at times, I struggle with this a bit). This was not easy for me, and I researched the heck out of what I should be eating. The tricky part is that everyone is different, and there is no “one size fits all” eating menu. It’s just not realistic, and you’re going to have to see what fits in your daily life and be prepared for a whole lot of ups and downs with this one. Once you get this down, along with your workout routine, you’re going to be unstoppable. Have fun with this side of your journey, and it’s ok if you eat “bad” more often than you eat “right.” Just remember that you can always turn it around, and get back on track. With the holidays upon us, it may be a challenge to eat the right things but pick your battles. If you know that you’re going to eat a lot during the holidays, set yourself up for success beforehand with working out and eating right a few days before you go all out.
Working out and eating right can be an uphill battle, but with determination and the motivation to change things in your life, you can expect to see incredible results. Don’t tackle all of this at once. Take it one day at a time, and go at your pace. Before you know it, you’ll be telling someone else about your journey, and helping them along with theirs.