Things to Help You Reach Your Fitness Goals

Two of the most important lessons I learned when reaching my goals are: Be intentional and Be consistent.

Be intentional with your time.

Be intentional with your energy.

Be intentional with your goals.

If you are reaching for a goal, you have to think about it every day.

You can’t be passive, or it’ll pass you by.

You have to be consistant.

You have to follow through with your intentions.

Move 20 minutes a day.

Set aside time to work out three days a week.

Motivation won’t always find you, you have to look for it.

This is true about any goals that you may have for the following year or even the monthly goals that you have.

Six Tips for a Healthier Life:

Whatever your fitness goals may be, whether it’s losing weight, getting leaner, gaining muscle or whatever it may be, the overall goal is to live a healthier lifestyle. The idea of the living a healthy lifestyle may seem time consuming, it may seem like it’s just another thing in life that we have to keep up with, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We want to prolong this life and feel good while we are living it. Here are five simple tips for living a healthier lifestyle:

1. Move 20 minutes a day

You can divide this up into however many increments you need to; two 10 minute increments, four 5 minutes increments, whatever you need to add up to 20 daily movement minutes.

This can be something such as doing jumping jacks in-between video calls, 10 minutes functional strength movements at the beginning and end of each day, taking the stairs a couple of times instead of the elevator. Making a goal to reach your 10,000 daily steps. Just be intentional on spending twenty minutes moving your body and keep it healthy.

2. Take time out of your day to just be even:

Focus sixty seconds of your day taking a few deep breaths and just focus on nothing in particular. Clears your mind and realign. Refocus and breathe easy.

Remembering to pause periodically and spend one full minute focused on deep breathing and positive energy can help you cope better with anxiety and stress, since it calms the sympathetic nervous system, ultimately improving your mental health as well.

3. Refill your water bottle:

It is said that you should drink half your weigh in ounces of water a day. For example if you are 100 pounds you should be drinking 50 ounces of water a day. Water is quite simply, essential to life.

It helps your skin look fresh, flushes toxins from your body, helps maintain healthy bowel functions (goodbye, pesky bloating), and keeps muscles from fatigue. You’ll be shocked how different you feel when you start making proper hydration a nonnegotiable daily habit.

4. Make sleep a priority.

When you prioritize sleep, you are prioritizing yourself. The average adult requires 7-9 hours of sleep a day. When you get enough sleep, you are allowing your body to rest up and reenergize for the next day. This can keep depression, inflammation, stress-hormones and crabby-moods at bay.

5. Work out three times a week:

I know, I know. This is not simple and not easy for those of us who have 100 things to do already. You should work out for 30 minutes a day 3 times a week if you can. You can do more or less but doing at least that will greatly improve your motivation, focus and drive. This can be done at the gym or at home. This is part of the consistancy

For me, going to the gym gives me extra motivation. It’s a way for me to be intentional with my time and focus. When I am at the gym, I don’t have anything to focus on except me and my body and what my fitness goals are. I have noticed it’s especially important on the days where I’m sad about my body or not as motivated to move because it helps realign myself and feel good.

6. Make sure you have a balanced diet.

Allowing yourself a balanced diet is super important. Making sure you are getting all of the nutrients you need in a day should also be a priority. A balanced diet is equal to a balanced life. Your diet is the key to everything. It’s the key to good energy, to better focus, to better health choices and revitalized skin and body care.

I am super grateful for the internet and the plethora of information that it has available. When you are looking to start living a healthy lifestyle it sometimes becomes difficult to shuffle through all of the information at hand but if you can squeeze it down to a few goals and set up a lifestyle plan then you should be okay to start. I have a list of nutritional guides, apps and beginner fitness pages that you can use and follow.

Nutritional Guides for the New Year:

Amy Roshkelly: https://www.pinterest.com/healthbeet/_saved/

Edukale: Eating Healthy for Beginners: https://www.pinterest.com/edukale/_saved/

Nutrition Stripped: Balanced Eating and Living: https://www.pinterest.com/nutritionstripped/_saved/

Nutritional Focused Instagram Acounts:

Good Vegan Recipes: http://instagram.com/veganchallenge4u

Healthy-ish so good Recipes: http://instagram.com/feelgoodfoodie

Simple Keto Recipes: http://instagram.com/simple.keto.recipes

Fitness Apps for Beginners:

SworkIt: at home, on the go workouts that is customized based on your goals (lose weight, get lean, gain muscle, be healthy)

Corecircle: a social fitness app that helps you document and track your progress while also following really solid workout plans based on your goals.

Ten Percent: Guided Meditation App for better sleep, insight and relaxation

Down Dog: Guided Yoga App.

Pinterest Workouts:

GrowWithJo: Workouts & Nutrition: https://www.pinterest.com/growwithjo/

Claudia: Workout and Fitness Tips: https://www.pinterest.com/fit_latinachick/

Tracy: Move Daily Fitness: https://www.pinterest.com/tracysteen/

Instagram Workouts:

Ashley Durham: http://www.instagram.com/fit.w.ash_

TrainWithOyinda: http://www.instagram.com/oyinda_fitness

Analis Cruz: http://www.instagram.com/analiscruz

Youtube Workouts:

Pamela Reif- Beginner Workout (at home) Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/@PamelaRf1/playlists

Juice and Toya Beginner Workout Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/@JuiceandToya/playlists

Naomi Kong Beginner Gym Workout Breakdown: https://www.youtube.com/@naomikong/playlists

The truth about fitness and being healthy is that there is no right or wrong way to do it. The fact of the matter is we could all have the same workout plan and eat the same foods and still have different bodies. It’s just the way life is, so you have to customize your plan to what works best for you and what makes you feel the best. I hope this post was helpful in some way!

as always,

with love,

c.p

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