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We all want it right ladies? We want to get and stay fit.
Although I’ve had pretty healthy habits since I was very young being involved in sports, and learning good eating habits at home; there have been times when I felt like I needed to get my fitness back on track. Certain parts of my graduate school years when I had so much school work in addition to having two assistantships at two departments, and the following months immediately after my pregnancies are a few of those times that come to mind.
When I go through a temporary fitness hump, I always make sure to go back to the basics to get my fitness back on track. I’ll share my five important steps to get and stay fit for beginners. These are sensible, solid steps to take control of your wellness & fitness. One very important step I did not include, but believe in wholeheartedly, is to never compare your progress with others peoples fitness efforts. Trying to get to YOUR OWN healthiest, and most fit self is much more motivating, and encouraging. <3
1) GET AT LEAST AN HOUR OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY EVERYDAY
Getting daily cardio exercise trains your body for more intense workouts and is very helpful in turning exercise into a habit. Think of your habits; from drinking your morning coffee to taking a shower each day, when you form a habit it is harder to break. The same goes for exercise. The more frequently you do it, the more second nature it will become.
Finding what you love is the most important step. You may love zumba, a barre class, athletic conditioning or running outside like me. If there’s an opportunity to do a different activity each time take it, and change your exercise schedule every day. I try to mix my workouts up as often as I can.
If none of these suggestions would work for you, there is always walking. You can do it pretty much anywhere, it is accessible and available to anyone and an hour of walking would be an amazing start to getting fit.
2) USE A FITNESS TRACKER TO KEEP YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE & TO RECORD YOUR PROGRESS
I’ve been using fitness trackers for a long time now. My current one tracks steps, heart rate, climbed stairs, and sleep. It is synched with an app which I love to check daily to see my progress. My goal is to go well above the recommended 10,000 steps. I also watch my heart rate, and use the tracker to analyze how I sleep. I highly recommend these little devices. They provide so much information, and also help keep you accountable towards your fitness goals.
3) TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY FROM THE INSIDE OUT WITH VITAMINS & SUPPLEMENTS
Getting fit encompasses much more than just exercising. It also means that you give your body the vitamins & supplements it needs taking care of it from the inside out. I have my routine of taking my daily vitamins in the morning, along with calcium, zinc and probiotics. I feel like this routine helps keep my body functioning well.
For my daily probiotics, I’ve happily been trying a box of Florastor. It is the only probiotic brand with Saccharomyces boulardii lyo CNCM I-745 which helps restore your natural flora. Florastor strengthens the body’s digestive balance and supports a healthy immune system. This is the number one reason I think taking probiotics is so important. A strong digestive system means a much healthier body. I was glad to learn I can trust Florastor as it is the best selling probiotic worldwide. It is also backed by over 60 years of use and research which I appreciate.
4) KEEP A FOOD JOURNAL TO MOTIVATE YOURSELF TO EAT HEALTHY
Just like taking supplements, feeding your body healthy food, and keeping it thriving inside is another very important step to getting and staying fit. I LOVE FOOD. SO MUCH! I know restricting yourself may backfire sometimes. This is exactly why I believe in moderation. I try to eat a balanced diet while treating myself to my favorite foods (chocolate comes to mind 🙂 ) from time to time as well.
Keeping a food journal is a HUGE help with this. You can use a traditional notebook, or you can record everything with an app on your smartphone. Both work the same, and as efficiently; however I must mention that apps give you alerts which I prefer. For instance if you take more sugar or sodium than what your body needs, you’ll see a warning sign.
You would start writing what you ate and the size of your portions ( a kitchen scale helps immensely) throughout the day including snacks. At the end of the day you can look to see if you overindulged on a food group or you can check to make sure you ate enough veggies and fruits.
5) DRINK YOUR WATER AND GET YOUR SLEEP
I think the final step of getting and staying fit is crucial. You need to hydrate everyday, all day. Our bodies need to be frequently hydrated, especially after exercise or it would not function properly. We lose water continuously by sweating, digestion, and even breathing. It is so important to replace that lost water. I always carry my water bottle with me and sometimes I substitute green tea for it to switch it up. (although I know pure water is the best for hydrating)
Getting enough sleep is as important not only for the obvious reason of rest but also to get our body into a functioning schedule. I also read that not sleeping enough may even encourage overeating.
Hope you found this basic guide to getting and staying fit useful! What are your top tips? I would LOVE to hear them!
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