We’re always told to stay fit and healthy. But what does that really entail? There are so many mixed messages and misleading information on line. So how do you know what’s right and wrong. The truth is, there is no perfect way for everyone to get fit and healthy because every individual person will have their own struggles and that’s just how it is. But I want to help you overcome any struggles you might be having. I’m going to briefly share my own story and struggles and try and help you overcome yours.
I fell in love with weightlifting and before any women out there say I don’t want to look like a bodybuilder, you don’t have to. A lot of women have a misconception about lifting weights, but I’m here to show you that it can be done without turning into the hulk. (unless that’s what you’re aiming for, then go smash it, well to use the saying correctly HULK SMASH)
There are many different ways of training with weights and each have their own benefits. If you’re looking to make body weight exercises harder add some weights into it, not only do they make you push yourself but weights are great for building muscle and helping shape the body.
It really helped me with my weight loss journey, burning my fat away and building muscle gave me so much confidence as well as a nice shape. But I never really found the right balance. I got addicted to losing more weight and trying to look overly perfect which ultimately put me off training and eating well. I did have a few injuries a long the way, so that mixed with losing love for training. I took longer breaks each time. I pushed my body too far and I paid the price. My motivation went, so did my smile. I was scared to go back to the gym and started to put the weight back on and lose track. I was in this rutt for a while, sometimes bringing myself to go back to the gym but it didn’t last that long. So I decided to take a bigger break. It has only been in the last few weeks I’ve started to fall in love with the gym again and its been a tough process but picking myself back up and trying again has been the most beneficial part. I have more energy, I smile more and I’m all around a happier person and that is what it’s all about. Finding your happy! What’s yours? I’d love to hear what makes all of you happy. Make sure you leave a comment down below 🙂
Do I have to diet too?
I used to get this a lot when I was a personal trainer. People used to think that if they trained during the week then they could eat whatever they wanted but that’s not the case at all. There is one important word it comes to when trying to eat healthier and its moderation. Everything in moderation. So delete any ideas about juicing diets and 24/7 no carb diets. It’s all a bunch of crap! Carbs don’t make you fat, neither do fats. But too much of either or both then you will be making things more difficult for your body. The best way I learned about how to eat(I know it sounds stupid) was to research and read. Read about how many calories I should actually be consuming day to day and how many less I need to eat in order to be in a calorie deficit. Which is essentially eating a certain amount of calories less than you daily recommendation. Which is key to losing weight. Or eating more to put on weight, whichever you need you can start by using a macro calculator online. (see below)
How to get started
Start by inputting your basic details, and what your goals are whether you want to lose weight or add weight on and it will give you you recommended intake for your specific goal. From here you can start tracking what you eat in a day to help you hit your numbers. Use it as a rough guideline though and don’t get too obsessed with the numbers. It’s easier said than done. You calories will be broken down into protein, carbohydrates and fats. These are your macro nutrients and each one is worth a certain amount of calories. The best practice for tracking is to use an app like MyFitness Pal. Where you can scan the bar codes of your foods to track your calories. You can also input your own macros into the app so you can track it even more accurately. It really is a good habit to get into.
If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed with the amount of information, don’t worry! It’s a scary thing to start but once you get the hang of it you’ll become a pro! If you do have any concerns or questions you can always contact me and I will get back to you and help you out as much as you can. You can also ask any personal trainers at the gym you go to for advice, I’m sure they’ll be happy to help and answer your questions.
If you do find this article interesting and want to hear more about fitness and what else is involved, please let me know and I will add some more series to follow this fitness blog! I hope you are all having a wonderful week and I’ll see you on the next one.
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‘All progress takes place outside the comfort zone’Michael John Bobak