Starting your healthy lifestyle journey isn’t always easy, but these six tips for getting in shape can help you establish a sustainable routine to achieve your fitness goals.
Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution, because your clothes are a bit tighter than you’d like or simply because you want to feel better and be healthier, we’ve all declared that we’re going to get in shape at one point or another.
Then comes the hard part of actually following through. Starting your healthy lifestyle journey isn’t always easy, but these six tips for getting in shape can help you establish a sustainable routine to achieve your fitness goals.
1. YOU CAN’T GET STARTED
You’ve been sitting on the fence forever about it. You know you want to get fit, but you’re not sure where to start. You are lost among the gazillions of fitness offers and healthy eating trends. Stop waiting for a sign from heaven. Health will never happen to you unless you MAKE IT HAPPEN! It doesn’t matter where you start, as long as you do. Jump off that fence, stop thinking, and just do it!
2. YOU’RE TURNED OFF BY FALSE PROMISES
You are smart enough to know that marketing pitches like “flatten your tummy in 5 minutes a day” or “sculpt your butt while sitting still” are meant to drive sales, not get you in shape. When I give orientations to new clients at my studio, I don’t promise them a walk in the park. I am honest about the fact that fitness takes effort. At the same time, I guarantee that my instructors will be there for them every step of the way, guiding and encouraging. Don’t get discouraged by false promises. Find a program that sounds legit and try it out!
3. YOU’VE RAISED YOUR BAR TOO HIGH
You finally made it to the gym and now feel intimidated by the Mr.Muscle who’s pumping iron in the weights room and Ms. Perfect who’s finishing a half-marathon on the treadmill. Relax. It’s OK if you can’t keep up with the overachievers in the front row of your group fitness classes. No one expects you to perform or look like an athlete when you first walk into a gym. Focus on what you can do NOW. Don’t quit. Just do the best you can and allow your body to catch-up. You’ll be surprised how far you can go.
4. YOU DON’T ENJOY EXERCISE
It’s good to keep your eye on the prize, but it’s easy to burn out if you’re rushing to your fitness goals. De-emphasize the “work” in “working out”. Slow down, learn to take pleasure in movement. Scientists have proven that exercise has a great mood-enhancing effect. It makes your body release special hormones called endorphins, which make you feel happy. Most of my clients prove this statement to be true. They see the movement as play, fun, and release. This makes them look forward to their workouts and helps them maintain a stable exercise schedule.
5. YOU CAN’T DIVE BELOW THE SURFACE
You know a lot about health and nutrition, but you still can’t seem to lose weight. You have to admit that no matter how smart you are, if you’re not living it, you don’t really know it. Being savvy about health and trying new diets can lead to some fleeting changes on the scale, but the true secret to losing weight and maintaining good health is practice and consistency. That’s where nutrition coaches come in. Get someone to breathe down your neck to motivate you to eat and live better. This is how I hold my Custom Fitness clients accountable and help them make healthy choices in their habits.
6. YOU GET FRUSTRATED AND QUIT
Be aware that progress is not a straight line. If you are gauging success on how much you weigh each morning, you are bound to give up before you can establish healthy habits or see real change. Most of my clients’ charts look like twisted lines of progress, regress, more progress, and lessons learned along the way. A year later, dozens of pounds lost – for good. That’s worth the roller coaster ride, for sure.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Hugo Brambila is a Certified Personal Trainer and the owner of Custom Fitness, an elite private fitness studio that offers comprehensive personal training and nutrition coaching. Brambila believes in a results-driven approach and helps his clients achieve a variety of goals, including sports performance, weight loss, muscle gain, and living a healthier lifestyle.