[As originally contributed to ThisFitsMe.com on Sept. 18, 2014]
We all want to be healthy and be fit, but sometimes that’s easier said than done. So how do you take those first steps? Here are five ways to help you get started.
1.Clean Your Kitchen
I don’t mean you need to whip out the mop and broom, but you do need to cleanse your kitchen of all of the junk food it contains. Here are a few things to start with:
- Sugary drinks- soda, fruit drinks,
- Sugary snacks- candy, chips, pastries
- White foods- white bread, white rice, white potatoes etc.
2.Check Your Schedule
Determine three or four days per week that you will be able to commit to working out. You won’t need much time. Even as little as 15 minutes is enough time to get in a really good workout, although 45 minutes to an hour is more realistic, but not necessary.
3. Recruit Some Friends
Many people are much more successful at sticking with a fitness plan if they do it with a partner. So call one or two of your best girl friends and let them in on your workout schedule. You can get together at least once a week or maybe even check in with each other weekly to make sure you all are staying on track. Having some accountability will help you keep going.
4. Determine What Makes You Move
Sometimes we get so excited about starting a workout plan, we just show up at the gym confused and without a plan. Before you begin, figure out what activities you like to do. If you like to walk, run or jog, map out a course outside or workout on the treadmill or elliptical machine. My favorites are the treadmill and the Cybex Arc trainer (great for your glutes). Or if you like dancing, try out a Zumba class or hip hop dance class. If lifting weights is your thing, plan which muscles groups you want work on each day and the machines you’d like to try, then download some workouts online.
5. Go Shopping
Don’t think I forgot about the lack of food you now have in your kitchen after you’ve given it a clean sweep. Stock up on your lean proteins like these- chicken breast, salmon, ground turkey, lean ground beef, etc. Replace those sugary snacks with things like fruits, unsalted nuts, or air-popped popcorn. Then, replace your white items with things like brown rice, whole wheat bread, or sweet potatoes.
Add to your list leafy greens, veggies, beans, water, protein powder, unsweetened almond milk, and other healthier options.
Now that you have the steps you need to get started, all you have to do is choose your start date. You can do it! LET’S GO…
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