I’m getting this question from co-workers, friends well no need to give a list because it is the question of concern. Where Do I Start.
There is no correct or incorrect way to begin a fitness program. If you know of no health issues or feel safe to be examine by your PCP do so, however that may be difficult with the current COVID situation if so settle for telehealth (virtual MD visit). Hopefully this will erase your concerns or erase the “excuse”. If you need to see the MD for an excuse knowing you are healthy then yeah, you’re not ready to begin any fitness journey. You must want to change before making the change.
Where do you start if all is well, ask yourself
A. What is my current fitness level. You already know if you’re active or not.
Am I ready to go harder or stay at the same pace. Newbies don’t over do it because you will either push through the muscle soreness or quit.
B. What am I looking for muscle strengthen, muscle building, cardio, barre, dance, boxing or all of it. You have to know what you want and you will progress to all of it but first know what you feel comfortable with. Remember whatever is your choice you can always modify.
C. Are you a gym person (now that most are re-opened), or all you a streaming person as I am. There are many streaming workouts but the one I use is too awesome. There are multiple trainers and a calendar to follow with each program. I’m uncertain what other streaming work outs have to offer. But if you are looking for a team, a calendar workout with a multitude of choices leave me a comment and let’s chat.
D. Make a decision and just start, jump in you will be welcomed wherever you begin.
E. Don’t forget you may have to adjust the nutrition, again don’t start making drastic changes.
We are all different in many ways and people’s body react differently. I have received frowns and an um when I say, the weight is not changing but the inches are decreasing. I’ve been asked how is that so? Well to be honest I don’t know but I do know I’m not the only one that experience the weight / inches mystery on their fitness journey.
People, people, people we are all different in so many ways. Just know some people lose weight and the inches slowly peel off, some lose weight and inches, some like me a little weight, a lot of inches then they both slow down. The good news is it will all come together. How I again don’t know. However I will say for certain if you keep moving forward, putting in the workouts, and have good nutrition intake the results will come. Most of all stop 🛑 comparing. We all (those of us on a fitness journey) have similarities and difference BUT we need to embrace our individual uniqueness as we all cross the finish line of achievement- OUR GOALS.
Drinking water has so many benefits and there are many. Here are a few and only a few: skin, organs, hair, blood, replenish before and after workouts, aides in digestion, helps with flushing out toxins and the list continues.
My concerns and I have a huge one. We’re suppose to drink 1/2 our body weight. WHEN. I’m able to drink 1/2 only when I know I will be at home and not going out for anything because that doggone urge to empty the bladder just pops up and I’m stuck looking crazy where is nearest ladies room and please don’t let me have to walk 1/2 mile to get there. I know and I hear so many people verbalize they do it daily, really? I get close but honestly I’m good at 1/4 my weight when I’m on the move.
Is there a secret I should know? Am I the only one with some days on committing to 1/2 body weight water intake. I don’t think so, but for those who drink the correct amount (not adequate, sustainable) but 1/2 the body weight. Okay if you weigh 100 lbs. no need to respond but anyone greater share. I want to know your method because I feel really good when I drink a lot of water, but my faucet just doesn’t know when to turn off if you know what I mean .
The title seems as if I’ve repeated myself and I have. In a recent share on IG and FB ( I post daily motivation quotes and how I interpret to apply for life).
Individualizing yourself. This is one that I had to reflect on as I created the quote. It is so easy to mimic the life of others. We take the advice of others but then I notice people try to emulate that person 100 percent n then just stop their growth because they see themselves as a failure. This is not so. Why?, What?
It is great to take the advice of others especially if it’s positive and can assist on whatever journey you’re currently traveling. I use travel because a journey toward any goal is like a road trip. The terrain changes. Okay back to YOU. Taking the advice does not mean to try to emulate their life. You nor I do not know what their entire journey has been and nor do we know ALL the solutions. We do know what is being shared but in applying all the good advice and inspiration, don’t forget you.
Forgetting YOURSELF will make the journey tougher, longer and you will loose your identity. As we ( you and I) continue on our journey let’s remember learn from others and apply within OUR life but to be honest and true to ourselves. I’ll be me and YOU be YOU.
I ask “ Is it YOU”. To a great week, month of Individualizing.
A few days a week I begin my day at 3 AM. Yes it is 3 AM so I can do what MY responsibilities to household chores and get a workout in and my efforts are always my 100 but it’s not the same. My efforts require more of a push and although I have drink my “jump to it juice” as always before a workout there is a difference. Why?
I know, what’s the purpose of my juice if I’m not getting the results; well the juice is doing what it should. It’s me. It’s my hours of sleep, no matter what I just cannot get the sleep before that alarm goes off. I’ve tried so many times to crawl into bed by 8 PM but then I’m up by 10 PM because my body thinks I’m taking a nap. Oh I don’t fall asleep at 8, it takes a minute or two more like 30 to 40. I have tried working out later on these days but that means 9 PM or 10, doesn’t work for me. So……
I know my levels are decreased but I do the workouts and still feel good just know it is not the same and it works for ME. That’s it with a 3 AM workout or later it is necessary not only to get the most sleep (because it is important), as well as to know what works for you to stay committed on your journey. I’m sharing my fitness journey but this applies to any journey know what works for you to stay focus and keep it moving onward.
I can only think as I share my journey with many of all ages and hear these sayings. “WHAT”. Okay a list and I’m not sure if these are to deter me, mock me or if people believe it.
1. Is this workout appropriate for your age? Is there an age limit to workouts, if you can do it well do it.
2. What’s your reason, I don’t understand. My workout reason is that I enjoy it, the way I feel in so many ways and YOU don’t need to understand my why for my fitness, however if you’d like to join me to experience the joy, fun and change I am, well come on over Let’s Do This.
3. Are you afraid of injury, I thought you had RA. Yes, I do have RA and if I’m not flaring I’m good and if I am I just adjust the move, weight or whatever is necessary for me to complete the workout. Yes, I’m afraid, afraid I will become lazy, unhealthy and let others decide MY designation in MY fitness journey.
4. I was told that after a certain age blah blah blah. Really and no one ever told you to encourage others, or not to place limitations on your self, maybe someone said your age should not define your capability or stop your growth in every possible area of your life and that does include fitness.
I encourage ANYONE that wants to begin a fitness regimen PLEASE do so. You are denying yourself if you listen to the whispers that say no, you can’t, or don’t.
It’s time to drown out the whispers and become You for YOU. Do IT
How many times do I ask myself this? Am I the only one, how many times do you ask yourself this question?
For me today I’ve aske m self this a thousand times or so it seems.
1. Am I’m the only one that is working out as much in my age group
2. Am I’m the only that gets frustrated when I can’t get all my workout in, today I planned for 2 but my responsibility list was long.
3. Am I the only one that laundry piled up and it will be late before I can get to it or although there aren’t but a few dishes I will place them in the dishwasher and either wash them on another day or turn the dishwasher on in hopes I don’t runout of glasses because unless its a holiday it’s paper plates.
4. Am I’m the only one that everything is breaking, the lawn mower, the edger, the chain saw (limbs on the tree- I do my own)
5. Am I the only wondering how the heck I can keep my house cool because today my air went out and it will be 2 days before the contractor can come out (thanks for home warranty).
6. Today this list is long and then I had to think.
Really, no you’re not it just sometimes I’m hard on myself and have everything planned and then comes the life curve. I just have to deal with it because I have so much to be thankful for in these times.
Tomorrow as I pray the Rosary I will ask God to continue remind me of all the blessings I have received, those I know of and those I don’t because HE has given strength to survive, handle and still be Me despite life’s curve.
How about you? Are you looking at the goodness that surrounds you and know you can handle the curve life tosses to you. You got this, We got this we’re not the only one.