Hey guys! So last Monday I shared my “why” with you where I broke down the reason why I manage to stay consistent as well as why I chose weightlifting as opposed to cardio or sport.
This week I want to share 10 of the most important things to keep in the back of your mind or in your fitness recipe pot for when you’re starting out. You don’t have to have all of these all the time but all together they’ve really helped to keep me focussed, committed and accountable.
- Support circle
I’d say that a support circle is one of the most important things to start with. If you are about to undergo a serious body transformation. You need those around you to understand your process (maybe not accept it), know why it’s important to you, and why you need their support. I for example go to gym 4/5 times a week. Apart from the weekend, I usually get to gym really late at night, (say an hour or 2 hours before it closes) my family never understood why I went so late and it is something that cuts into family bonding time a few times in a week but now we are all on the same page and we make it work. Sometimes if I have time and get off work earlier I’ll go home first and have supper with them before heading to the gym and that has added a new and exciting dynamic to our evenings.
- Gym membership
Some people might not agree with this but I think a gym membership works well if you have no idea what you want to do but know you want to do something. My gym offers lots of different types of classes, there’s a pool and a yoga studio and obviously all the other traditional gym equipment one might find. But I’ve heard that classes (which run 7 days a week) are both challenging and exciting and also a great way to make friends. Gyms also offer personal trainers and meal programmes (but I use an app for that- keeps costs low).
- Macro calculator
So important. Especially if you are on a muscle gain/ fat loss journey. 60% of the transformation in your body is in what you eat. There are plenty of macro calculators out there that you can google as well as apps that you can use to help you track what you eat. Currently I’m on a very loose diet. I’ve been tracking my macros for over a year now and what you will also notice overtime is that you’ll begin to accurately eyeball portion sizes and you will no longer need to measure everything. But when you start, get into the habit of calculating your macros so you don’t over/ under-eat. This is going to be the most admin- intensive yet critical habit you will need to stick with throughout. Diet really goes beyond what the gym could ever offer.
- Fitness programme
This, just like a gym membership help keeps you accountable and engaged. I also use an app for this and what’s so cool about the one I’ve found is that you get a video demonstrating form and how to actually carry out that specific exercise (this helped a tonne when my partner and I started training independently- he trained me for over a year and when our fitness goals changed it just made more sense to train separately and I found an app to train me).
- Find your drivers
This is the same as your “why”, you know mine :).
- Insta influencers
Over and above knowing what you want to do; you need to visualise it. I have found my Instagram influencers who just keep me so motivated with how they train and how much work they put in. They remind me that anything is possible if you work hard.
- Accountability partners
I have the most amazing partners in fitness who share the same drive and hunger for both mental and physical wellness. They get me to rest and reward myself, to push when I feel defeated and demotivated and I’m truly appreciative for this amazing online motivational circle that I have.
Progress takes time so you need to set a date (a realistic one) and then keep your head down and honestly push yourself till that date. If you’ve kept true to yourself and you’ve pushed yourself when you look in the mirror each week you’ll see your efforts. The mirror doesn’t lie (your clothes don’t either 😂😔)
- Track progress (and celebrate the small wins)
So so key. As you build endurance and get stronger, the changes will get smaller and sometimes your body might begin to plateau. You need to learn how to monitor those small changes not just with a scale- I hate scale. I take photos and measurements. This way when the going gets tough and it feels like its not getting anywhere you know where you’re making progress and where you aren’t so you know what changes to make to see growth and progress again 🙂
- Have fun
Nothing is ever worth it if you aren’t having some fun in the process. Dig deep and get your “why”, this will make you fall in love with the process and as a result, you’ll have so much fun along the way!
Is there anything you think is key in the fitness journey that I may have missed or do you have a different view? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!