Fitness Guide for Beginners

5 years ago
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You want to start exercising and eating healthy, but you don't know where to begin? Between all those crazy diet fads the media is pushing, the bad exercise advice from well-intentioned Aunt, the magic weight loss pills marketing hypes and fitness myths women are facing, it is only understandable you might be feeling just... a little bit ... confused. Let's face it, there is a lot of information out there, so I totally get it why you might be feeling overwhelmed. I went through it too.

Many women who have never eaten healthy or worked out before feel lost when starting their fitness journey.  Whether you are just starting out or you have tried different things before and you didn't get the results you wanted, here is a beginner's guide to getting fit to help you out with your new health and fitness goals.

To learn more, check out the full post at HerFitLife - Beginner's Guide To Getting Fit

1. Stop eating junk food.

Throw away any junk food you might have in your pantry or fridge and stop buying new junk food when grocery shopping. Stay away from any processed foods or foods that contain highly processed ingredients (meaning most pre-packed goods)

2. Start eating a clean diet.

Eating clean means eating wholesome foods that are as close as possible to the way they are found in nature, foods that humans (food corporations) have not altered in any way.  For more information clean foods, just Google "Clean eating food list" and you will get an exhaustive list.

3. Start to workout.

There are many options out there such as weight lifting, jogging, swimming, interval training, cycling, yoga, cardio classes, Pilates, etc. However, the most effective way to achieve a healthy, sculpted and fit body is by incorporating weight training in your workouts. You will never achieve a fit body from doing only hours of cardio, because you will mostly lose water and muscle tissue, resulting in a "skinny fat" look. Muscle burns 3x more calories than fat does.

4. Plan ahead.

Do you know the saying "Failing to plan is a plan for fail"? Plan your workouts as this will help you get your workout done in a quick and effective manner. Write down your grocery list before you go shopping and only buy what's on it. Cook your meals in batches and bring your own healthy lunch at work. Always bring a healthy snack with you (such as almonds and an apple) when you leave your home, so you don't buy chips/chocolate bars.

5. Tell the people around you.

Let your friends, coworkers and family know you have made a commitment to eat healthy, workout and get fit overall. Explain it to them that it is important to you and that you welcome their support, but know that not everyone might be supportive.

6. Realize it will be hard.

Just remember the 80/20 rule. Do your best and try to eat  your healthy meals and do your workouts 80 % of the time, and you will be on the right path. If you fail to eat healthy or skip a workout, just get back on track and look forward to your next meal/workout.

7. Respect the process.

It will take some time to adjust to your new healthy lifestyle. Make small changes, take baby steps. Don't try to change everything at once, because you will feel overwhelmed and more likely to give up and go back to your old ways.

Healthy Recipes, Nutrition, Exercise Tips and Fitness Motivation for Women at www.herfitlife.com

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