My name is Jason Callahan and I am a college educated personal trainer (not one of those IG gurus) and former competitive bodybuilder. It’s almost the end of January and by now most people are giving up on their New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve compiled a short list here to help you not only get started but to stay motivated throughout the year, not just the first month.
You are what you eat- The old saying “You can’t outwork a bad diet” is absolutely true. Fact is it doesn’t matter how hard or often you workout if you aren’t giving your body the proper fuel it needs to function. This doesn’t mean that you have to go crazy and empty the cabinets of all things processed but make sure that you have plenty of lean meats and vegetables in your life.
Find a routine that fits that fits your taste- Going to the gym five days a week isn’t for everyone but thankfully there are many ways to be active and healthy. You can do things like yoga, bike riding, hiking, etc. the list goes on! Like anything else you want to make sure that whatever it is you’re doing you’re having fun.
Don’t burn yourself out- When you’re first getting into the fit lifestyle it is so tempting to go all in and get after it every single day. My advice to you is simple, don’t. If you are just entering the world of fitness you have to crawl before you walk. Start at three days a week and then based on how you feel increase up to four than five from there. Starting slow and easing into it will give you a solid foundation. And what do you do with a foundation? You build on it.
Eat whatever you want but in moderation- Any diet that completely eliminates a food group (carbs for example) is not sustainable for the long term and frankly isn’t very fun. Instead of completely removing something from your diet practice some moderation, that way you can have your cake and eat it too, literally.
There’s no “right” way to do it- Like I said earlier, being active and healthy can be so much more than just going to the gym every day. Monday, go to the gym and workout. Tuesday, go out for a walk or a bike ride with some girlfriends or a significant other. Thursday go hit up that yoga class you’ve been talking about for weeks. You get it? Variety is the spice of life after all. By changing it up not only are you shocking your body daily but you are also avoiding falling into a boring rut.
Life is a team sport- Now I personally workout solo more often than not but I understand that is not for everyone. Having a workout partner can be great if you’re a competitive person or if you just like to have someone there to give you that extra push or splash of inspiration if you need it. Its also just fun to have someone with similar goals along for the ride with you.
Don’t forget to have fun- It doesn’t matter how often you are working out or how on point your diet is if at the end of the day you’re miserable doing it. The key to a healthy lifestyle is making sure what you are doing is sustainable. That is a lot easier to do if you are enjoying yourself. Getting your workouts in of course is important just like watching what you eat but so is celebrating birthdays (cake anyone) or going out for that drink with the girls. My main point here is don’t forget to find that balance and enjoy yourself on your fitness journey.