I’ve heard a lot of women wanting to lose weight, get fit, eat healthily, become the best version of themselves. Many of them start and stop when the weight doesn’t drop fast enough, the muscles don’t develop instantly, or that flat tummy tea takes time to kick in. I’m by no means an expert, I’m restarting my own fitness journey, so I asked my fellow blogger Fitness Bae to give us a few tips on how to start (and continue) your own fitness journey. Enjoy the read, and check her out on her other site, MaKupsy.
Does she know what she’s talking about? Heck yes! Check out one of her recent tweets:
This mummy runs! 4 years and counting.
Longest Distance : 21k
Fastest 5k : 28mins
Best pace to date : 5’25
Favorite form of running : #TempoRun
Weight 2014 : 85kgs
Current weight : 70kgs
Goal : To continue building a lean, mean running machine
— Fitness Bae® 🇿🇼 (@MaKupsy) March 16, 2018
Her blog won the Zim Blog Award in the Fitness category. Here’s Fitness Bae with her wisdom, I hope you’ll be motivated to start your journey and stick with it for the long run.
I’ve been on my weight loss journey for 4 years now and counting. I wish someone had told me some of the information I’m about to share with you; it would have made the start much more manageable. Lucky for you, I’ve been there and tried most of it so you’re off to a good start!
- Do it for yourself above everything else. Don’t go on a fitness journey because your friend is doing the same or you read it in an article somewhere, do it because you want to, this way you can stay motivated.
- Try everything. From running, skipping, swimming, Pilates, Yoga, dancing, any form of exercise you can think of. Give it a try so that you figure out what works for you.
- Read and research. Once you start your journey you need to constantly learn new ways of improving your fitness journey.
- Whatever you do, make sure you choose a fitness regime that is fun. You want to look forward to and not dread exercising.
- Constantly doing the same form of workout gets boring, stay inspired by spicing things up.
- Speak to your doctor first before embarking on a fitness journey in case there are some activities or diets that won’t agree with your body. Safety first!
- There are no miracles when it comes to fitness. You have to do the work. Do not expect instant results.
- Excuses do not burn calories. Avoid being on the team that always has a reason not to exercise.
- Most people get excited once they choose to start on a fitness journey. One friend got up one random morning and went for a 5K run after being inactive for years. He didn’t function properly for the rest of the day and had to take the rest of the week off from work. My advice? Don’t do too much too soon; slow and steady wins the race or journey in this case.
- Everyone has something to say when it comes to a fitness journey. Make sure you are able to discern what does and doesn’t work for you. Don’t try everything everyone tells you to do, listen to your body.
- Forget to rest. It’s one thing to start the fitness journey, it’s another thing to take a break from it. Most people don’t realise that rest is part of the fitness journey, enjoy it when it comes, your body needs time to repair itself.
Give her a shoutout! Follow her on Twitter, ask her questions!
Until next time, your Quarter Wife.