Set your goals. Having a goal can get you in the right mindset. This doesn't need to be a number of pounds to lose, it could be climbing a flight of stairs with ease, being able to complete a yoga class with energy to spare, lifting a set of 15 pound weights 10 times, etc. By breaking down a larger goal in to smaller ones, you can build on your success - and celebrate your wins along the way! Then before you know it, you will have achieved these smaller goals - all are part of the larger goal!
Have the right equipment. A few key pieces can be the difference between plateau and achievement. I always recommend a good pair of running or walking shoes, a set of hand weights (1-2 pounds that you can take with you on walks or if you are a beginner, and up to 10-15 pounds as you progress); a fitness tracker to keep you motivated; a water bottle to keep you hydrated; and protection against the elements if you exercise outdoors.
Start slow and build. Even if you exercise regularly, we can tend to "go big" when we set a new goal, but you run the risk of injury and burnout if you do that. Instead, plan a gradual fitness plan, building on each day and week by small increments. You will still achieve your goals, and will feel great once you do!
Mix it up! Nothing can be as mentally defeating as repetition - and too much of the same thing can run the risk of physical injury. That's why I love mixing up workouts! Aim for a few days of cardio each week, a few days of strength training (my Lean, Toned and Totally Fit workout is perfect for this), and some yoga or stretching (try this flexibility workout).
Let's live EVER BETTER™ - together!
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