Getting started RIGHT with an exercise program is a key factor in whether or not you will succeed. I talk to tons of people all the time who say to me, “I just don’t know how to get started.” I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s heard this, and in fact, I was one of those people a few years ago. Having the “will” to get healthy — and KNOWING how to get started — are totally different things.
So over the past few years, as I’ve been helping folks get healthy as a Team Beachbody Coach, I’ve kind of come across a few key points that seem to work in almost EVERY case. I call this my “Foolproof method to success.” So here it goes:
Determine your health and fitness goals and your “WHY”
This is really a two-part process. The first is pretty easy: What are your goals? Make sure you set goals that are HIGH enough to be meaningful, but not so lofty that you are destined for failure. Also, make sure these goals are measurable. For example, setting a goal like “I want to be in great shape” isn’t quite as measurable as “In the next three months, I want to lose 20 pounds and 4% body fat.” ALWAYS, put a time frame on your goals.
So what exactly is a “WHY?” Well, simply put, it’s THE REASON or REASONS you are starting this journey for a healthier you. Maybe it’s family, children, current health issues — whatever it is, examine this item closely. Make it MEANINGFUL and important.
NOW — Write this stuff down and TAPE IT UP ON YOUR BATHROOM MIRROR. You want to be able to see this stuff EVERY DAY when you get started and every night before you go to bed.
Get rid of the junk food
Let’s face it, if it isn’t in your cabinets, you AREN’T going to eat it. Studies show than more than HALF of your results in any exercise program come from proper nutrition. I won’t go into all the things you should know about nutrition in this post, but please feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to discuss YOUR situation with you.
Instead of the junk, stock your cabinets with HIGH QUALITY food (or FUEL) for you body. Switch to whole grains, high quality proteins, healthy fats, fruits and veggies,
Track your food intake
Whether you simply write down what you eat (be sure to include calories, protein, carbs and fat amounts) in a notebook, or use a website or tracking tool — THIS IS IMPORTANT. You can’t know how to improve your nutrition until you know what your putting into your body. And it’s proven that people who keep a food journal of some sort tend to lose more weight over those who don’t. You also need to know how many calories your body needs to build strong lean healthy muscle and let go of its fat store. There are a ton of websites out there that do this, or I can help as well. Above all, make sure you split up your daily intake into 5 or 6 smaller meals throughout the day — this will set your metabolism up for success.
Schedule your workouts
THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. You want to treat your workout time just like any other appointment you have on your calendar. Don’t have a calendar??? GET ONE. Write down each workout and WHEN you will do it. Then make a big red X when you finish it. Aim for 5-6 workouts a week. It is very easy to let life come in the way of our fitness — especially as adults with many responsibilities — so make sure you COMMIT to this time for YOURSELF.
Do the THING
So, this is the easy part. Do the THING — the EXERCISE thing that is. Make sure you select the right program for your goals as all are not created equal. You can find a complete list of Beachbody Fitness Programs Here, or you can browse our most popular programs by using the menu to the right. Remember — it only takes 21 days of doing something to make it a habit!
So there you have it, my foolproof plan. Of course the thing that isn’t mentioned here is ACCOUNTABILITY. That’s one of the immense benefits of the Team Beachbody workout programs. You have access to a Coach like me and an online community of folks just like you who are going through the same thing as you are. Whether you are using a Beachbody Fitness Program or not, you can sign up to have me as your personal fitness coach and accountability partner for FREE!
So what are YOU waiting for?