As part of having a healthy mind, you need to have a healthy body to fuel it. If you aren’t fuelling your body right and taking it for granted then in time, it will let you down. Our bodies are more flexible, more resilient and actually a lot more magical than we give them credit for. Pushing our bodies past its comfort zone, espically while you’re still young and able, will provide you with countless amounts of benefits. Not only looking better, but also feeling energised and challenging your mind and body to push forward and do something you might have thought you were not able to do.
In this post, I will be taking a look at how to take those baby steps to get you up and moving and ready for the big leagues.
1. Find the right method for you.
When people generally think of exercise they generally think of cardio related things like running or cycling which generally quite mentally exhausting when you first start off on your fitness journey. To combat this, look into classes that instead can be a bit more approachable. Not only for cardio related exercises but also looking into things like zumba, HIIT, yoga, pilates, body pump even pole if you’re feeling a bit cheeky, can be a great way to kickstart and test out what is best for you, the list goes on and on.
Every kind of exercise has it’s own benefits so it’s up to you to know what you are looking physically for yourself. If you’re someone who has a short attention span and does not like your exercises to last too long, try HIIT. Maybe you’re a person who would like to work on their flexibility and get deeper in touch with themselves mentally whilst working out, try yoga. There is literally something for everyone so its up to you to find out what works best for you.
2. Youtube is your friend
It doesn’t matter how busy you are or how advanced you are on your fitness journey, Youtube can be a great help in finding exactly what you’re looking for. Once you’ve found out what works best for you, youtube can be the first step to putting it in practice. Every kind of regime you are looking for is there at a click of a button. While I don’t do many exercises via youtube, Jazmine Garcia, Yoga with Adriene and The Body Coach for HIIT are really good ones to check out.
3. Look beyond the physical
One of the ways I found myself into the fitness hype was primarily to look good. I didn’t really consider the concentration and the mental endurance needed to stay committed to a steady exercise routine. However, once the novelty of having a good body wore off, what kept me going is the great mental effects of working out. Just like meditation, exercise can refresh and clear your mind, give you that much needed distraction from work or other stresses, not to mention the internal health benefits of getting that blood pumping!
Whilst no doubt, everyone wants to look good and feel attractive, relying on how the outside looks won’t keep you going in the long term because once you start looking the way you want to look, the motivation will pretty much go. So look beyond the physical and check your motivations.
(See also: my post on Meditation 101 on the basics of how to reach inner peace through meditation!)
4. Be consistent.
This is probably the best ways to get into fitness. Even though it may be hard and tough at first, the best way to get into fitness is to keep at it! When you get the little aches and pains after the first couple of sessions and you think it is not worth it, remember the adrenaline and how you felt after it; knowing you were making a positive change for your mind and your body. Know that this first step is just one of many and in the long term, you will be happy that you took that leap towards being a healthier you. If no one else tells you, congratulations and keep at it, trust me, you will learn to love that burn!
Well, guys, that’s it from me again. Check out my tips and be proactive in becoming a healthier, happier you!
Peace and love xx