A New Direction, A New Day

IFBB figure pro Aleisha Hart shares some of the dos and don’ts to remember when aiming to reach your fitness goals.

April 17, 2013
A New Direction, A New Day

Being a new gym member or starting up a new fitness program doesn’t have to be overwhelming, especially when you have all the proper tools to get you set up and on the right track. Once you’ve committed to getting in shape, there are several things you can do make sure you exceed any short or long term goals you have in mind. There are also some things you should avoid at all costs to ensure you stay on the track to living a healthier lifestyle and reaching these goals!

So what are my rules when it comes to training and reaching fitness goals?

DO…

> Keep a journal and write all your fitness goals down. You’re more likely to stick to a plan once you have set some specific goals.

> Overlook your current fitness level before starting a new program. By doing this, you’ll be able to reach any goals you put your mind to.

> Warm-up before your workout and cool down afterward you’re done.

> Confuse your muscles and change up your routine. If you do the same exercises day after day, you’ll quickly get bored and tired of the same routine. You are more likely to skip out on your workouts. Keep it challenging and interesting and always have you muscles guessing.

> Work out with a friend. It always helps to keep you motivated and committing to get your workouts in. No excuses to skip out on your training when you have committed to a partner.

> Drink plenty of water before, during and after your workouts. Hydration is so important!

> Start small with realistic goals. Aim for just 15-20 minutes of exercise when you're just starting out, also adding 20 minutes of cardio after you’re done. Increase the time as you feel ready to step it up a notch.

DON’T…

> Overdo it. Try doing too much at once will only burn you out. Slowly increase the intensity of your workouts each day, as you feel ready for more.

> Over train. Your body needs time to rest and recover in between workouts—too much is not good.

> Skip your meals. It is so important to start the day off right with a healthy breakfast. Eating breakfast will kick-start your metabolism and provide you with the energy you need to get through the day.

> Skip your stretching. Before and after training is a must!

> Skimp on sleep. Your energy is key to push through your workouts.

> Set unrealistic goals. A healthy rate of weight loss is 1-2 pounds per week. If you have 30 or 60lbs to lose, don’t expect it to come off overnight—be patient with yourself and just be consistent and stick to the plan.

> Compare your successes and failures with others. Everyone is so different and what works for some may not always work for others.

> Give up; you are worth every step of your goal at heart.

> Forget to reward yourself; a little enjoyment is always good. In moderation of course!

Healthy body, healthy mind is the way for me! This needs to be lifestyle change. Life is a blessing and you’ll find your fitness journey a true gift and a blessing as you begin feeling better, healthier and more energized day to day. If you’re willing to try new things, step out of your comfort zone and set some reasonable expectations, you’ll reap the rewards each and every day as you successfully achieve your fitness goals.

Tips from the Hart~

Aleisha Hart xo
IFBB Figure Pro

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