10 Tips for Starting a Healthy Lifestyle | Fitness Advice for Beginners
These are the 10 tips that I have for beginners for people who want to start a healthy lifestyle. Any advice that I have a way that you can get started that’s not very expensive that’s not very hard to do which I think fitness can be. There’s so much information out there I want to give you guys my advice. Things that I did when I first got started, things that worked for me, things that didn’t work for me and other ways I approached fitness and a healthy sustainable way and try and avoid some of the issues that I had in the past.
I do have things are not on my phone because I wanted this to be an informational video as well as advice video so I do have a few notes on here just to make sure that my thoughts are flowing properly because I tend to like go off on tangents which is what I’m doing right now.
Number 1: Find a good workout program that fits into your daily schedule.
In my fitness journey video I mentioned two websites which was bodyboom.com and simply shredded calm I unfortunately didn’t link it back then I haven’t linked in there now and I will also have both of those websites linked down below when I first got into fitness.
Those two up sites were so helpful for me to get free and very good information they have so many free programs on there especially simply shredded. I made sure to check to see if they were still free and they are. So all you have to do is literally just click the link description bar you go on the interviews portion of it and then you scroll down and go to women’s and on the women’s page you’re going to find tons and tons of articles. All of these articles have a bunch of free programs on there.
Things that people use themselves for example Nikki black butter has her own article. All the exercises written out the wraps the sets the days everything is planned out for you. So if you’re a beginner and you don’t know where to start and you want to get into weightlifting just pick one you feel comfortable with that fits into your schedule.
It shouldn’t be too long or too short and once again that you feel comfortable doing in the gym and start with that. This article is not like sponsored in any way I don’t work with simply shredded but I just remember when I was a beginner those two websites were so helpful and I just feel like I wanted to talk about it because I did talk about it in another article. So many people are wondering so those are the websites that I used.
On these websites you will find tons and tons of exercises for beginners. They’ll show you exactly how to do them there’s videos there’s pictures. Those are two really really great weight loss resources that are free and out there for you guys to use there’s tons of other articles and YouTube videos and stuff that you can find you just have to put the time into it to read it to watch it to understand it but it is out there for you guys. If you don’t want to lift, if you are a runner or if you would rather play a sport I think it’s always best to go with something that you enjoy.
The most important thing about fitness is you want to make this a long-term sustainable lifestyle so let’s say I go to the gym and you start weightlifting and you absolutely hate it don’t feel like that’s the only way for you to reach your goals because that’s what you see online that’s what a lot of people are doing at the moment.
Always pick a form of exercise that you really enjoy doing that doesn’t feel like a chore and sometimes exercise will feel like a chore it’s not like I love working out 24/7 I honestly don’t but for the most part I really enjoy going to the gym it makes me feel good. It’s like my me time. So find something like that for you. Whether that’s swimming or running like long-distance running or sprinting, figure out your favorite way to get moving and get your heart rate up and then stick to that.
Number 2: Feed Your Body Healthy Food.
It’s simple right? Just feed your body healthy food. Like I said earlier there’s so many diets out there and I know it can get so confusing but at the end of the day if you eat healthy your body is going to function properly. Healthy food is filled with micro-nutrients, with fiber which is so important for proper digestion and it is typically higher in volume so it will keep you fuller for longer. This is important especially if you’re trying to lose weight and you want to be in a calorie deficit you don’t want to feel like you’re starving all the time.
Number 3: Set Achievable Weigh Loss Goals for Yourself.
Celebrate your victories and move past failure so set small daily fitness goals. Your fitness journey is not going to be perfect. There will be days where you feel like you did not reach your goals. There will be days where you feel like maybe you failed but the most important thing is to not giving in to that and quitting.
This is because if you quit it becomes so much harder to start over. I remember like before I got into fitness, the amount of times that I started something and let’s say I didn’t see progress in the first couple of weeks. I would just give up and it was so discouraging and it was so difficult for me to get back from that.
Now because I felt ashamed of myself I didn’t feel like I had the willpower to reach all these goals that I had. And they seemed so so far away even though the end of the day all I had to do is just stick to this and move past the little days that might have not been perfect. But you guys we are not perfect, we’re not meant to be perfect and it’s okay to mess up every once in a while just as long as you realize that every single day you wake up you get a fresh start. And you can continue on with what you were doing before you can forget about the failure.
Number 4: Eating an Unhealthy Food Does Not Cancel Out All the Work You’ve Done
Get rid of the idea that if you eat something unhealthy then all of a sudden it cancels out all of your hard work. Eating a piece of cake or eating a dozen cookie all of a sudden ruin all the progress that you put into the gym or all the healthy food that you ate previously. For me it was really hard to accept that.
I remember having that kind of mindset thinking okay if I’m eating healthy like I have to eat 100% healthy I cannot allow myself to have anything that I personally viewed as unhealthy and if I did it ruined all of my progress. I would think well I already screwed up so what the heck I’m just going to eat everything else.
That’s just not how it works and I wish I knew that earlier on. I think that was really important to mention just know that you’re allowed to treat yourself.
I love chocolate and cookies and for me the most sustainable way to weight loss and to live is to allow myself to have that if I want it. If I want to have a cookie I’ll have it if we want to have two cookies I’ll have it but after that I’ll move on and I’ll continue to eat healthy and I’m not going to feel bad about it or make myself feel guilty about it because we are allowed to like food.
Number 5: Moderation Is Key
This ties in well with Number 4 above and I cannot stress this enough. Moderation is key to making this a healthy sustainable weight loss lifestyle. No amount of diets that I did when I first got into fitness and I will throw a picture on a screen of what it looked like before ever got me to where I am now.
As much as realizing that I had to have moderation in my life I am NOT someone who can always say no to things that I like. This why could never compete in Fitness competition programs like bodybuilding competitions and the like. I always wanted to but then I realized it was just not for me because restriction for me just caused me to go into a spiral of having such an awful relationship with food and it was so hard to recover from that and I don’t wish that upon anyone.
Number 6: Set a Daily Exercise Routine and Form Healthy Habits
For example you can drink more water in the day if your pee is yellow you’re most likely dehydrated. You want your pee to be pretty clear. I used to really focus on like getting a gallon in in a day. But I also realized that it was like controlling my life because I’d be going to the bathroom 24/7. So something I do for myself is they literally just bought this cup because I have come to a conclusion that this kind of cup makes you drink more water. You can find this at places like Starbucks or the mall. I bought it and I think it’s because it has a straw so it’s just a more comfortable way to drink it.
Another thing that’s really important for setting a routine is going to bed and waking up earlier. Hydration sleep and stress can play such big roles in our bodies that like if those things are thrown off let’s say you got three hours of sleep in a night and then you wake up super early to try and get a workout in, I would always tell anyone just skip the workout get your as much sleep as you can because you WILL know the workout isn’t going to happen.
One thing that I think is so important to remember is that starting out with fitness is the hardest part of the entire journey because you’re used to eating unhealthy and you’re used to not exercising. So when you start to do that you just feel so uncomfortable and you kind of do almost have to force yourself to do it. However, once you get into the routine of things it becomes so much easier and I promise you guys your body will crave healthy food. Like 85% of my diet is simply healthy food that I enjoy eating. It’s food that makes me feel good and it is the food that I crave.
Number 7: Get a Good Warm Up Before Everything.
Seriously you guys getting a good mobility and stretching yourself is essential. You don’t ever just start off sprinting right away. You don’t ever just start off lifting as heavy as you can. That’s not good for your body. Mobility is so important you can find so many different mobility routines on YouTube.
I do to warm up before I jump into weightlifting to make sure that I prevent injury and that is definitely something that you don’t want so I figured I would throw this in here. Because if I didn’t warm up when I first got into fitness I’m just like walk into the gym jump on the treadmill and just started sprinting I was really lucky that I didn’t have any kind of injury. You get the point.
Number 8: Add Enjoyable Cardio Into Your Workout Routine
I personally prefer HIIT and this has actually changed very recently. Up until I want to say like mid 2017 I hated HIIT. It was like I just rented it I really preferred to sunny state cardio but I’m just noticed that was my body I see the most results when I implement HIIT into my routine I do it about three to four times a week for 10 to 15 minutes.
HIIT does not have to be long it actually shouldn’t be long because you shouldn’t be able to do it for a long time. It’s high-intensity interval training so I’m gonna give you as an example of what I do. My favorite two ways to do it is on the treadmill or in a Stairmaster.
I usually wear them up around 10 minutes. You can walk. You can uphill walk. You can jog. Whatever you feel most comfortable with I usually just like uphill walk and then after that I’ll start my HIIT. For me my favorite interval is 20 seconds sprinting, forty seconds off. At the end of it I am dripping in sweat. It’s hard to breathe I’m not gonna lie but you feel so accomplished and I just feel like I never got these results with steady-state cardio.
But with doing HIIT and eating healthy I can definitely see progress in my body happening. It is a time saver and you can get a lot more out of 10 to 15 minutes of HIIT versus 30 to 40 minutes of steady-state cardio. However, if you’re someone who prefers steady-state cardio and you truly really hate HIIT then steady-state is your thing and that’s okay.
Number 9: Figure Out Which Causes You to Have Digestive Issues
For example a lot of people can’t digest gluten or they can’t digest dairy and if you don’t have a healthy gut then you’re not going to be processing your macro and micro-nutrients properly. That could definitely prevent you from reaching your fitness goals. For me, as most you guys probably know, I try to eat less plant-based as I can. I don’t really eat meat either I avoid dairy the only animal products that I still eat on daily basis is egg whites.
At restaurants a lot of time I do have fish but I am moving towards a more plant-based lifestyle now that’s just what works for me and I do that for ethical reasons. My digestive system does run a little bit better since I cut out meat and have basically cut out dairy so you have to figure out what works for you. I don’t ever want to preach anything on my channel I think that this is a decision that you have to make on your own and for your own reasons but I do think that it’s important to figure out what foods cause you to have issues and try and avoid those because a healthy gut is very very very important.
Finally Number 10: Practice Self Love on a Daily Basis
Practice self-love on daily basis because if your goals are coming from a place of self hate so hating how you look, hating what you see in the mirror, hating how your clothes fit that could lead you down such a bad path. For example starting an unsustainable diet that could later on cause you to have a really poor relationship with food and poor body image it’s not worth it.
I know that that can be very hard when you are stuck in like a negative mindset but that’s why I think it’s important to just like wake up look in the mirror and tell yourself five things that you love about yourself:
- you are smart,
- you are kind,
- you’re good person,
- you’re good student,
- you’re an amazing daughter or so.
There’s so many things that you can find you about yourself that are so incredible internally and just literally like look in the mirror and talk to yourself and saying those things out loud can help you change that negative kind of voice in your head. Just shut it off completely don’t listen to it and I promise that you guys will reach your goals.
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