How to Kickstart Your Fitness Journey

Leading a healthy lifestyle can seem intimidating and quite frankly, a little miserable. Trust me, I’ve been there. Why would someone give up the prospect of eating anything they desire, to chew leaves all day like some rabbit, am I right? To have to go to the gym every day after work and hop on a treadmill when you can be at home watching Netflix? Or having to quit carbs when that’s the only thing you look forward to after a long day at work?

What if I told you you didn’t HAVE to do any of those things?

Many people assume fitness is black and white. It is a very common assumption that there’s only one way to do things, but I’m here to tell you that’s inaccurate. Fitness is whatever you make of it! If you are someone that likes to dance for a workout, then Zumba classes are great ways to have fun and burn calories at the same time. If you are someone that hates salads, there are plenty of different food options that are still nutritious and beneficial towards your health. There isn’t one specific way; if you are someone that wants to live a better lifestyle, you can start slow and shape it in the way you see fit. And of course, it doesn’t always happen overnight which is why taking it slow and appreciating the progress is key to your health. And by health, I also mean your *mental* health.

But of course, tips are always beneficial in kick-starting your fitness journey. Here are some tips that helped me when I was starting my fitness journey and that could allow you to make small changes to your life!

1) Drink plenty of water: This may sound cliché but drinking plenty of water not only helps quench your appetite, but flushes out toxins and helps you digest your food.

2) Fill your plate with foods that aren’t dense in calories. Filling your plates with fruits and vegetables that are low in calories is a helpful tip to keep you full! This way you have a balance of protein and fiber.

3) Snack on fruits or veggies. Hungry? Choose snacks like fruits and vegetables instead of snacking on chips and cookies. Natural foods are so much more beneficial than processed junk. Not to mention, you save so many more calories and provide your body with nutrients that will give you more energy.

4) Choose home cooked meals over eating out. When you buy food from outside, it is really difficult to determine what exactly is in your food; preservatives, high sodium contents, or unnecessary oil. It’s just better to make your own meals and measure everything yourself! Whenever I eat out, I find myself feeling bloated and sluggish afterward as opposed to when I make my own meal.

5) Eat less throughout the day. Our digestive systems slow down throughout the day, that’s why it’s important to have a good breakfast when our digestive systems are the fastest and a lighter dinner at night.

6) Stop eating a minimum of 3 hours before you sleep. Eating before we sleep doesn’t give our bodies enough time to digest the food. It’s always beneficial to eat dinner 3 hours prior to when we sleep. If you get hungry at night like me, green tea and water are your new best friends!

We hope this post was a helpful start to you achieving your fitness goals this year! A special thanks to our guest writer, Aisha Khadbai, for this insightful post! Follow her on Instagram, @inherpower, to stay up to date on her fitness progress and healthy tips!

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