I know that I started writing about my fitness journey back in October but soon after that I quickly gave up. I had no motivation or determination to do anything about my fitness levels. Working out at home, eating healthy just wasn’t for me but I am here to tell you since moving to New Zealand I have consistently working on my journey to fitness and I am here to help you start today!
Six simple steps to start your journey to fitness
These five steps below are just what I have found to work with starting my own journey to fitness. There are many other factors that you will need to look into once you begin getting serious and want to start losing weight or building up muscle.
When starting your fitness journey it can get very overwhelming very very quickly. When you start thinking about what you need to cut out of your diet, what sort of exercises there are and so much more. I felt very overwhelmed when I started seeing so many options and things to consider but I am here to tell you to start small. Your journey to fitness can take time so what I suggest doing is start with something small for example cutting out sugary drinks, go to the gym once or twice a week. You don’t need to take these huge steps to start.
I started by cutting a ton of processed sugars out of my diet, starting to cook meals from scratch and I started Zuu every Sunday morning. Start small and add something else to do once you feel comfortable but also make it challenging so you feel accomplished once you rock it!
Just like anything in life. Before you jump into something feet first it is important that you do your research and understand the main gist of what you are planning to do. I was lucky enough before I started my fitness journey that I worked in a health store and got a lot of training which helped a lot! Starting your fitness journey means that you need to understand what is good for you and what isn’t.
Create some goals
When we start anything it is always so important that we set some goals for ourselves. To start your journey for fitness right now you should write down 5 goals for yourself that you can accomplish this week or month. Remember when you set these goals that they are challenging but also achievable. Everyone loves being able to tick off a goal at the end of the set time.
These goals could be something like:
Drink two litres of water a day
Work out at least twice a week
Go for a walk every morning
Start making dinner from scratch
These were some of the goals my partner and I had set for myself when I first arrived here and I have to say I have smashed them! I have been going to Crossfit three times a week, I’ve been doing well with my water intake, I always head out for some fresh air and dinner has been amazing since cooking from scratch! If I can do it so can you!!
You can workout for as hard and as long as you want every single day but if you don’t feed your body well all that work will have gone to waste. Eating healthy is so crucial for both losing and gaining weight. Like I mentioned above researching what is good and healthy for you is a great way to start.
Eating whole foods like fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains and beans and minimally processed foods like meat, dairy and seafood. It is very important that you avoid as much processed foods as possible because they are full of sugar, salt and other additives and preservatives which are bad for you.
Not everyone knows what they enjoy doing whether it’s going to the gym, working out at home, doing Zumba or the many other fitness classes you can join and take part in. Do some experimenting with a class that interests you and see if you enjoy it or not. When I first began my journey to fitness I started by working out at home. That didn’t work for me so once I arrived and got settled in New Zealand I joined a free introductory course to Crossfit and I fell in love! Find what works for you and do it!
Find someone to support and encourage you
For years and years, I have never believed in myself or could ever motivate myself to workout and get fit. Although I wanted to I could never ever do it so when Ryan and I got together and once I made my huge move I knew that he would push, support and encourage me. It’s important that you find someone to push and encourage you. Whether it’s a friend, a sister or brother, your partner or whoever else you trust. Having motivation and encouragement helps so much.