When starting a new weight-loss and workout plan, make sure to do your homework.
Have you ever noticed that, in anything you do in life, the more uncertain you are of yourself the more you lose your motivation to continue on? Fitness is no different.
When starting a new weight-loss and workout plan, make sure to do your homework. Is the person you are taking exercise advice from a certified personal trainer? If you are starting a new diet, is the person who wrote the book/post/blog you're reading an actual nutritionist or dietician? Many people don’t realize that anyone can write a fitness or diet book/blog/article, so like the old saying goes, “Don't believe everything you read.”
Nutrition is imperative in any fitness journey. Whether you want to lose weight or gain muscle mass, your food can make or break you. It is so important that you nourish your body with good calories, not empty ones. So when deciding on your diet plan, make sure that it includes the basic nutrients that are essential for your body to function properly on a daily basis and when putting your body to work with exercise.
Instead of listening to a fad diet, take the time to learn about basic nutrition and how to read food labels. This small step will help boost your confidence and empower your weight loss journey. It will help you make a lifestyle change rather than a temporary fix.
Immerse yourself in all things fitness. Try many different group fitness classes, DVDs, or hire a personal trainer. Ask questions when working with a trainer about which muscle groups are being worked with each exercise and what modifications could be made to basic moves to make them harder or easier depending on your fitness level.
Don't have the budget for a trainer? Try a group fitness class, like a boot camp or yoga studio. Don't be intimidated by the idea of what strangers may think of you because they will be too busy with their own workout. Who knows, you may even make some great accountability partners who will keep you coming even when you may not feel motivated. Just make sure that the instructor is properly certified.
If you are self-motivated you can also use DVDs or social media for workout ideas. Follow certified trainers on any platform and you will see they usually post exercise ideas or parts of workouts on their pages. Be careful if you are on your own; start with lower weights or body weight exercises to minimize injury.
Whichever path you take, do your research so you can go into your weight loss and fitness journey feeling empowered, motivated, and confident this is the path that will work for you.
Amy Williams is a personal trainer with Camp Gladiator.