Recently, I wrote a healthy-baking swap guide for my friend Hollie’s blog, over at Muscles and Munchkins! She is super awesome – a mom, fitness instructor, marathon runner, and a blogger! She also has a lot of awesome tips and a fantastic perspective on how to be fit and healthy, the right way.
Now, it’s a fact. We can’t argue this. We should always try to find a balance between what we eat and what we do physically to be healthy. It’s really never one or the other! So Hollie is here to help you all get a sense of how you can stick to your physical fitness goals, no matter who you are. Listen up!
Hollie – Get Fit Realistically!
Greetings, FitCakes readers, I am thrilled to be pairing up with Courtney and sharing some fitness motivation in this post. I am Hollie from Muscles & Munchkins where I blog about my own health & fitness journey; raising a happy & active family that includes my two little ones; and motivating and encouraging others to live fun, fit & balanced life.
I often hear, “you are fit, I bet you never eat unhealthy.” That actually couldn’t be farther from the truth: I love desserts, especially cupcakes and cookies. Yes, I am fit. I workout 6 days a week, I teach group fitness classes and I enjoy good food, good wine, and really awesome treats. For me, this balance works.
What about for you? Are you trying to find that fitness regimen that works for you? Have you tried program after program and nothing sticks? It is hard. There are so many options out there and finding something that works for you takes trial and error.
Whether you choose a small studio, a big gym, an at-home program, or your own mix, here are some tips that will help you stick to your plan and reach those fitness goals:
1. Set realistic goals- It is important to set attainable goals that are both short and long term. Do you want to be able to workout for 30 minutes without stopping? Maybe you want to be able to do a push-up or run a fun run with your child. Make a goal and work towards it.
2. Start slow- If you are new to fitness or it has been some time since you have worked out, start slow. It is not realistic for you to workout 6 days a week. Start by incorporating 20 minutes of exercise three times a week. The next week, increase it by ten minutes. The last thing you want to do is make it overwhelming for yourself.
3. Gauge your progress- Take note on how you are doing. Write down how you feel after your workouts, how much farther you got on your walk or run or how many more reps you did. Seeing your own progress beyond the scale will encourage you to stick with it.
4. Find an accountability partner- Find someone that will encourage you and maybe even workout with you. If you can’t workout together, send each other a text or email with daily encouragement and check-ins. You will be much more likely to stick to a plan if you have some cheerleaders in your corner.
5. Reward yourself- When you reach those goals, reward yourself. Treat yourself to something you love. Maybe it is a new shirt, some time to yourself, or a treat (in moderation of course).
We all know Courtney gives us some yummy recipes that we all don’t want to turn down. Instead of turning down her recipes, let’s add some more exercise and find a healthy balance. Head on over to my blog where you can find some at-home workouts to get you started on this journey.