If you don’t know already – I am a newly qualified level 3 personal trainer. I’m not a fitness guru (yet?.) Fitness involves an insanely large scope of information and I couldn’t, shouldn’t be expected to know all the answers. Heck, even those who have decades of experience in the fitness industry cannot give you all the answers. (given said that I know how to train, plan and customise workout plans and programmes to help you reach your goals) – so, you know, I do know stuff and I have a certificate for it.
But lets cut to the chase. If you’re trying to get fit and lose a couple of pounds but are struggling, I want to give you a few un/conventional tips – on how to get started or how to keep going.
- Re-evaluate your purpose/intention. Why are you trying to lose weight? What are you trying to achieve and how will losing weight get you there. Before you say, to fit in a dress etc, I want you to start with a different answer. Away from anything physical. Shift your purpose away from how you want to look or how you think you should look. Your purpose should be – and I don’t want you to cringe but – to be healthy if not healthier. Above all else, make your health your ultimate goal. Don’t drink celery juice because you heard it will make you drop 10 pounds in 3 days (please don’t.). If you’re going to drink it, drink it with the intention of fuelling your body with nutrients or flushing out your system or aiding digestion. ‘Losing weight’, getting fit and whatever you will, comes from an active lifestyle change. If you chose the quick route, expect to bounce back quicker. Start your intention away from numbers, dress sizes and pounds and focus on your overall health and wanting a healthier lifestyle for yourself and I can promise, with consistency, results will follow.
- Motivation. I know I said to focus on shifting your purpose away from dress sizes and numbers, but give yourself something to motivate you. Something to work towards. An *ideal* body or a specific goal you have in mind. Perhaps it’s wanting to see your abs show. Growing your glutes. Strengthening your back. Or simply, dropping the pounds. It’s probably stupid for me to say re-evaluate your intention away from your body and now say to motivate yourself with such fitness goals. Having a fitness goal is not an issue – it’s letting it completely overtake your journey – is where it can become an issue. Knowing what you’re working towards, will help you stay on track and motivated to keep working. *There is no ideal body. We’re spoon-fed information on what is attractive and what is not, what we should chase and what not. As long as you are healthy, your body is perfect. Do what you want. Do what is best for you.
- Add a variety. Don’t just do the same thing every day and please don’t let that be running on the treadmill for ages (unless it fits your goals, for say, becoming a track runner or training for a marathon). Your body will also adjust to your workouts, so if you keep doing the same thing for months on end, at some point your body will hit a plateau and stop changing because you’re no longer challenging it. So change it up. The treadmill is perfectly fine but perhaps mix it up. Do a 15 min HIIT (high-intensity interval training) instead of an hour-long run. Or switch to bodyweight exercises. Use resistance machines and build on your strength. Attend a class of some sort, or if you don’t feel comfortable yet, youtube some. There is a lot that you can find online, Zumba, dance, yoga, HIIT workouts. Make it different. You’re more likely to stick to it and tbh most importantly, you’re enjoying the process. Fitness doesn’t have to be something you hate. If you hate it, you’re doing something you don’t enjoy. So, choose something else. Hate running but need to do cardio? go swimming. ride a bike. dance. use a stepper. take up skipping. There are alternatives for almost anything.
I hope this helped. If you have any questions feel free to dm me 🙂
Love, Fy x