One of the biggest frustrations that people have is the issue of where to start. My advice to you is….. START HERE.
Today I am going to give you a 7 step decision making process to getting you started. This is going to be super valuable for you so make sure to read till the end.
This post will help you if you are struggling to get going on your journey to the fit life. This will also help you if you are on your journey but just not getting the results that you want.
In both cases you may be heading in the wrong direction.
Let’s do this.
STEP 1: Get started. NOW. Go. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you start.
STEP 2: Shift your mindset.
This is paramount to long term success. You need to be 100% committed to not only being on the journey but to being on the journey for the right reasons.
Don’t skip this part. For the love of God, don’t skip this part.
Why do you want to be healthy? You need to keep this thought in the forefront ALWAYS. Is it for your kids? You competitive spirit? For you? For your spouse? For your job? Honestly it doesn’t matter why you want to be more fit. Just make sure that it is more important then that episode of “The Big Bang Theory”.
This is an easy mindset shift that you must make. Find your why and the how just became a lot easier.
There is another mindset shift that is a little harder to fathom. Honesty this one could be one of the main reasons that people fail to get results long term.
You must acknowledge your success but you must push for more. This is the whole “contentment and ambition” thing that I have written about several times before. (CLICK HERE to listen to the podcast episode all about contentment and ambition) Remember that the goal is to simply to be better. This is something that you are going to need to focus on each day. We often get derailed on our fitness journey because we get bored with the process that ends up being fulfilling. Be happy with your progress but fight for more. EVERYDAY.
The journey this month may look different next month and that is quite OK. Keep pushing.
STEP 3: Plan to move.
I know. A little vague but it’s that way on purpose.
This one is different for all of us based on a lot of factors. The point is simply to figure out what works for you in terms of a workout routine.
Let’s look at some examples.
You are a busy stay at home mom of 2 little kids that are not in school. You are going to need to either find a gym that will watch your kids for you or you need to find an at home program that you can do. You may also need to do something late when your partner can watch the kids. Plan it! Whatever your answer is…. plan it!
You have a job gives you an opportunity to workout at lunch. Awesome. Find a gym close by or find a place to workout functionally. If you are a runner or a triathlete schedule your week to fit in your multiple disciplines plus some functional training time.
You have never exercised before and you have full time 9a to 5p job. Plan on finding time in the morning and the night to do 2 short workouts per day. It might be smart to join a local gym. Plan on hitting the gym on the way home.
Each example can be played several ways based on, again, personal factors. The point in that you need to schedule your time and get it done. Your new lifestyle needs to involve you moving your body each and every day. It’s up to you to figure out when and how.
STEP 4: Empower yourself to nourish yourself.
You are not a dog. Stop rewarding yourself with food. Most peoples mindset towards food is all wrong and this needs to change. It’s OK to enjoy food. It’s OK to feel good after eating. It’s OK to use food to celebrate.
It’s NOT OK to eat like crap all the time and you know it.
Most people will do a diet change when they get on a fitness journey. Most people do this wrong by restricting and worrying too much about calories and putting way to much pressure. This is wrong.
Make small incremental changes in your diet and plan on doing this FOREVER. Eating right is something that we can do each and every day while still enjoying eating. Be empowered to make good decisions and don’t feel like you have you.
This should be a relief to most people. I’m not telling you to get CRAZY about the way you eat. Most people do that. I’m telling you to make good decisions and back that up with good decisions.
If you want to learn how to eat right check out our 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge program. This will empower you to LEARN how to nourish yourself.
STEP 5: Pick up a healthy activity.
I have talked about this for years. Most people that are super healthy and super fit are also avid hikers, skiers, endurance athletes, or do some other activity that is in ADDITION to working out.
Don’t put pressure on yourself here. This can be super simple and shouldn’t be forced. The point is that you need to change your lifestyle!
STEP 6: Form a team or get a coach.
I put this one here with some caveats. You don’t need a team to get started. You don’t need to go crazy in preparations. I put this one last for a reason. We are all different and we all need different levels of accountability to succeed.
Going it alone is just plane dumb. Don’t do it. You don’t need to get permission from your doctor or your spouse to get off your ass. That’s not what I am talking about. I’m talking about having someone or multiple someones on your journey with you. That’s it. Just some accountability.
STEP 7: Plan on taking supplements.
I know. Another one that a lot of people may have a tough time with. I’ll keep this one short.
Most people that want to get results are lacking their nutrition. Can these gaps be filled by eating right? No, they can’t. You can’t erase 2, 5, 10 or 20 years of bad eating and lifestyle habits by eating clean. It just cant be done. This is where supplementation comes it. Taking supplements add to the benefits or eating right, exercising and mindset shifts.
We recommend the 24 Day Challenge which is a system that will help you balance your body and move it towards wellness and away from sickness. In other words: You will be BETTER.
Isn’t that the goal?
We also recommend the Performance Elite products to enhance your workout and recovery. You want to be BETTER and supplements will help.
I recorded a series of 3 video training that I did on the supplements that we recommend. This is VITAL. Click image below to be connected.
This is your 7 step plan of attack. Each part of this plan has it’s own components but this is a good start. If you want some help with YOUR plan then CLICK ON OVER to our coaching programs and pick the one that is right for you!
Till we meet again!