Don’t know where to begin? Here’s how to start exercising and feeling better.
Here’s my advice about exercise from experience
- Find what you love! You may not know it now, but your body wants to move. Whether it is as simple and fun as dancing at a club or swimming in a pool, there is some movement out there that you will find yourself longing to do. Here’s some suggestions: walking, running, swimming, biking, hiking, forms of dancing, Pilates, yoga, boxing, lifting weights, or whatever floats your boat!
- Commit to it. Commit to yourself that you will workout 3-5 times a week. Sign up somewhere so you feel obligated to go and get your moneys worth. Download the app, Gympact, to help you follow through with your commitment.
- Don’t overdo it. I believe you should get some movement in every single day, but don’t put stress on your body from over-exercising. Long distance training has been proven to increase stress hormones in the body, which can actually cause weight gain.
- Girls, don’t be afraid to lift. A girl saying lifting weights will make you bulky and manly is like someone saying playing golf will make you like Tiger Woods. You aren’t just going to go in the gym and come out looking like a professional body builder. Girls do not have the same amount of testosterone as men and therefore cannot look like a man without injecting testosterone in them. Don’t be afraid to build muscle, it will make you look better and help you burn more energy at a resting state.
- Get up and move in the morning. When you workout in the morning it allows you to start your day off well, and you won’t be able to give excuses about it later. Many people start off the day saying they’ll workout at night, hit the snooze button, and never get to their workout later in the day.
- Find a buddy. It’s always more fun when you have an accountability buddy to workout with. Plus it’s healthy competition!
- Play like a kid. There’s a reason we are attracted to competitive sports and games. Many people would rather participate in physical activity with others. With little exception most kids love to run and play, yet many adults struggle because our exercise is boring or repetitive.
- Most importantly- Abs are made in the kitchen. Exercise isn’t nearly as important to your goals as the diet is. (80% diet, 20% exercise)
- Have fun! Enjoy your workout and know when you are finished you get a post workout Paleo meal : )
For some exercises at home, check out my at home crossfit style workouts.
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