The sky is the limit when it comes to fitness. If you’re looking for the perfect “How-to-Guide” for fitness, there are countless magazines, ads, sponsored fitness posts, and programs — which can be very confusing to a fitness newbie.
When I first started my fitness journey in 2013, I did not know where to start. I would spend a lot of my time going through popular fitness magazines, researching websites, stalking fitness models, and anyone else that promised me a “fine and fit” body. But as time went one, I realized that I was not seeing the results that I wanted. Maybe, it was because of the information overload, or my genetics. Who knows?!
Eventually, I realized that it was not a diet plan, fancy program, or an expensive gym that I needed to yield my expected results. I needed a few attainable things to get started and they are listed below:
1. Confidence – Before getting started on any plan or program, I had to gain some confidence. I had to believe that I could do this! I had to remind myself that I served a big God! All things were possible — including a fit and healthy lifestyle. “Greater is He that’s in me than he that’s in the world”. I had to remind myself that he that hath begun a good work in me was able to perform it. I was not some loser or quitter — even if it felt like I was — even if I stopped for a month or did not see results. I spoke to myself and over myself… I’m still doing it to this day. This is my journey and it’s at my OWN pace. (This applies to you, as well).
2. Motivation/Goals – Maybe, you’re not like me. You probably already have confidence and are already pumped and ready to go! But, do you have any motivation behind your confidence? What’s your purpose for working out and getting fit?
Trust me. This may not seem like a big deal, but it will definitely help you out once you encounter that slump or the revelation “My body is good just like it is!” And before you know it, the workouts will decrease and before you know it, you’ll be right back where you started. You don’t want that to be your story… do you? … I thought so!
So, make a list of reasons to get started and stay on track. My main reasons for working out and striving to live a healthy lifestyle has been: to prevent diseases, look good, feel good, and to take care of God’s temple. Now, of course, your list may/may not look like mine and that is totally fine! Do you, sis! Just have some motivation behind your fitness journey.
You also have to have some goals. What kind of transformation are you looking to achieve? How long will it take and how do you plan to get there? These are some questions that I asked and continue to ask myself. Of course, they will probably change, but the goal is to have something written and attainable.
3. A destination [Somewhere to get started] – There is no fitness without somewhere to make it happen. For me, that place was outdoors. When I started my fitness journey, a gym membership was nowhere in sight. I could not afford it, but that did not stop me from getting started! I worked out wherever I could: outdoors at a park, on my apartment’s stairs, and/or in my living room. You can even make small adjustments by taking the stairs instead of the elevator!
Most parks have bleachers or a track which can be used to run/sprints, do lunges/squats, jumping jacks, jump rope, pushups, burpees, and etc. The possibilities are endless. You just have have to be creative and make sure that you bring some water and wear proper clothing.
If you live in apartment, you can use the staircase. Running/walking up and down stairs will increase your heart rate, allow you to burn calories, work different parts of your body at one time, burn fat and build muscle, and make you feel proud of yourself for working so hard! This was one of my favorites! I would do about 20-30 minutes on average. If you haven’t tried it, please do. Let me know how you felt afterwards.
The living room/ room or free space — the living room was my favorite place to workout. It was spacious and I was in control of the AC. The possibilities are literally endless. You can exercise with a fitness DVD, create your own workouts or rehearse some from the past, and/ or use YouTube! My favorite exercises were Taebo on YouTube. The videos are free and you will sweat your fat off! Trust me! I worked out with Billy Banks videos during the Summer and noticed the tone definition in my body. You have to try it!
And lastly, you can always get a good sweat in at the gym. Many gyms run specials and have a wide variety of equipment that can help you attain your fitness goals. Of course, you would want to make sure that you understand how to use the equipment and have the proper form before getting started, to prevent an injury.
I hope that this article served you well. If you have any questions about my experiences or need some encouragement/advice, please comment. My purpose is to help you live a happy and healthier lifestyle.
Please remember: It’s NEVER too late to get started. One small step is better than no step at all.
Go get em, ladies!
I’m rooting for you!