ARTICLE: Not sure where to start?
I think we have all been there, ready and willing to get started but not quite sure what the best course of action is! Everyone we know is doing something different and everywhere we turn we are getting bombarded with information, some of it confusing and even conflicting. This is exactly how I felt when I started out too and it has taken some time for me to feel confident and comfortable in my own regime and, of course, when training others. I have learnt a lot over the last 6 years though, so here are my top tips for getting started…
Firstly, do the simple things well. At the beginning do not worry about superfoods, macros or supplements. Start with the basics, such as drinking more water, eating more vegetables and protein and cutting back on junk. At first this is all you need to do! Once you have started to do all the basics right then, and only then, start to look into nutrition in more detail. The same rules apply for exercise. There is no need to jump into training 5 days a week or signing up to a marathon. Simply start by training 2-3 times a week. This can be anything from walking to playing sport to taking a class. Anything at all that you will enjoy and can fit into your schedule! This is crucial, if it doesn’t fit into your schedule you wont do it long term, so find something that is suitable for your lifestyle.
The next most important tip is to make your health and fitness a priority. Every single day you will encounter barriers to you reaching your health and fitness goals. There will always be biscuits in the staff room, always be a night out with friends, always be time restraints on working out, just always distractions, stress and day to day challenges. You need to find a way to make your new regime a priority. If you don’t your results will always be secondary to every other part of your life.
If your health and fitness is a priority you are also far more likely to be consistent with your programme and if anyone has ever read any of my blogs or weekly newsletter you will know that consistency is key! I may sound like a broken record, but I only keep repeating it because the most common issue I come up against is lack of consistency. 1 good week followed by 1 bad week or 1 good working week followed by a bad weekend will not get you the results you want. You need to put in the work week after week after week. Of course, everyone can have the odd off day, but the balance has to be 80% good and 20% not so good for consistent results and I would say that this balance is hard for most people to accept.
Finally, no matter what the barriers might be at the moment, and there will be many, the best thing to do is just get started. Do not let indecision, self doubt or procrastination stop you any longer! You need to just dive in, work hard and stay focused. In the end these are the only factors that matter when working towards your goals. The other elements like becoming educated on nutrition or finding the right training for your goals come with practice, experience and testing. Just get started and learn as you go along!
Hope you have a great week!
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