Starting your fitness journey
In the spirit of new beginnings, I would like my first ever article to be about starting your fitness journey. It can seem daunting returning to the gym after a period of being sedentary or overwhelming if fitness has never been your forte. Do not be discouraged! “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” – Lao Tzu. The fact that you are seeking information online means you are already off to a great start!
My personal motivation
I’ll admit, when I became serious about fitness, I wasn’t sure what to do in the gym. After high school, it became much harder to stay in shape without a coach to motivate me and a designated time slot for physical activity everyday. What I truly desired was strength and definition, so in order to achieve this, I began lifting weights. Honestly, I never lifted weights, and I was intimidated by the misconception that women who lifted weights were masculine. Yet here I am!
I’m in the best shape of my life with a healthy, feminine figure that I accomplished from primarily lifting weights. Many people may not know that gaining lean muscle actually increases your metabolism, which correlates to more fat burning (more on that in future articles). The most effective technique is to target a specific muscle group for every workout. Separate muscle groups into abs, back, biceps, chest, legs (can separate into hamstrings, quadriceps, glutes, and calves), shoulders, and triceps. If you are new to lifting, I would recommend focusing on one different muscle group every time you work out, then incorporating more as you gain experience. For my routine, I normally pair chest with triceps, back with biceps, while leaving shoulders, legs, and abs to their own days. In case you are not sure which exercises zero in on triceps, for example, I have found Pinterest to be extremely informative.
Find your favorite exercise
If you’ve tried lifting weights and it’s just not for you, then that’s okay! The important thing is that you find a workout that you enjoy. Whether it is kickboxing classes or running, you need something that motivates you. I would recommend trying group classes or finding a partner to workout with if you have trouble committing to a consistent exercise schedule. Having a partner or friend to train with keeps you accountable and the healthy competition may further motivate you.
Be mindful of your meals
The journey to a healthier you starts and ends in the kitchen. Become more accustom to reading the nutrition label on products. It’s shocking to learn how much sugar alone is in your favorite drinks and snacks. Be mindful of factors like portion size and carbohydrate intake depending on your specific fitness goals. Speak with a professionally licensed nutritionist if you have special dietary needs. Counting carbs, protein, and fats on the foods you eat throughout the day can be consuming. Don’t forget about the importance of ingesting key vitamins and nutrients. Incorporate fruits and vegetables in all your meals or take multivitamins if there are nutritional gaps in your diet.
If you have made it this far in the article, I appreciate your time! I could really go on and on about this topic, but I want to keep this short and fairly easy to read. Subscribe to free updates from me if you like this content and want to go in depth about even more topics. I look forward to sharing more with y’all in the future, thank you!