Avoid Fitness Burnout: Find Your Ideal Fitness Lifestyle

For most of us, the story of our life around fitness and healthy eating sounds the same. There are times we are on. And when we’re on, we’re ON, full speed ahead! Working out every day, following the latest diet trend to the letter, and feeling great about ourselves… until one day we hit a wall. You’re tired, and getting up at 5:00AM to hit the gym before work just doesn’t sound appealing. Top it off with the fact that you skipped prepping on Sunday to relax with the fam, so now you’re stuck ordering takeout when you get to work. One day turns into two. Two days turn into an entire week, and before you know it, you’ve gained all the weight back. Because when we’re off, we’re WAY off.

Sound familiar?

Unfortunately, most of us only receive information about how to lose weight or gain muscle as soon as possible. We aren’t taught to incorporate it as part of our overall lifestyle. But the fact of the matter is that the essential components of a healthy and fit lifestyle – exercise, healthy eating, and practices for psychological/emotional wellness – are also essential components for a healthy and happy life. And that looks different for each and every one of us.

Just like you have a vision for what would be an ideal and fulfilling career path, relationship life, spiritual community, place to live, etc., it is highly beneficial to know what your ideal fit life might look like. By knowing your ideal fitness lifestyle, you can begin to take small steps that help you put into place the routines and habits that will build something close to it.

Here are a few types that I have seen among my own students and clients:

The Fitness Ninja

Your ideal fitness life is all about training. Although it might not be possible right now, you dream of 2-3x a day physical activity: waking up first thing in the morning for a run, strength training during your lunch break, then finishing off the day with yoga. You frequently attend fitness workshops to increase your knowledge and incorporate new activities into your routine, and your “off” days include active recovery like walking, foam rolling, and stretching. Food, for you, is planned and executed to fuel your body for optimal energy. Sure, you want a slim physique, but that’s not the most important. What’s key is that working out makes you feel alive. If you haven’t already, you would LOVE to organize your life around that.

The Moderate Yogi

You may (or may not) dabble in other areas of fitness, but yoga is your activity of choice. You practice 3-5 days a week and sometimes even meditate to reduce stress and increase positive emotions. Although you’re not quite ready to adopt a completely vegan diet, you are conscious about where your food comes from (local; organic) and try to make choices that truly nourish your body – lots of leafy greens and low sugar fruit, along with fermented & probiotic items. For you, yoga isn’t just a workout, it’s an emotional/spiritual practice that helps you stay balanced both mentally and physically. It makes you a better person and enhances your relationships with others.

The Maintenance (Wo)Man

If you’re a Maintenance Woman or Man, you can’t think of anything less enjoyable than going to the gym. To this individual, exercising is not only inconvenient, it’s also quite painful. I mean, really, who ENJOYS the feeling of their muscles “burning”?? You only feel exhausted afterward. But you can’t deny that exercise, in the long run, helps you look and feel good. So you do it, grudgingly, but routinely. 3 days a week at the same time each day. And you watch what you eat to lose weight or maintain your figure, because as tasty as that pizza looks, once you’ve inhaled it, it doesn’t look good on you. 

The Fitness “Parishioner” or Socialite

The “parishioner” is a practicing member of the church of fitness. Not only does going to the gym make them feel healthier and happier, it also connects them to like-minded others, who share the same love of physical activity. If this is you, although you attempt to eat healthy and often try out new diets and cleanses, your main focus is not nutrition. Rather, it’s attending workouts. But not just any workouts. You exercise with your favorite instructors/trainers in formats that make you feel like you’re killin the game! Whether it’s a bootcamp, U-Jam Fitness, pole dancing, yoga, or some combination, you go to socialize just as much as you do to burn calories. You are a lover of everything health and fitness, so you enjoy learning about it and sharing what you know with others. #Fitness4Life!

Do any of these sound like you? What’s YOUR ideal fitness lifestyle? Leave a comment below with your ideal type and why you think this is the one for you! Don’t overthink. Instead, have fun with it! Let your inner fitness spirit shine 😉

 

Nadia

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Beginner’s Guide To Getting Fit

Are you hoping to lose weight, get stronger, or feel healthier and more energized? New to the world of diet and exercise and don’t know how to get started? Well, you’re in the right place! Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned gym-goer looking to jump back into the fitness lifestyle, we’ve put together this quick and simple beginner’s guide to get you on track to a healthier, happier you!

Step 1: Get Active

Add physical activity to your daily routine. Keep it simple. Start by going for a 10-15 minute walk after lunch or between chores.  Do this 3-5 times a week. Not only can you burn up to 100 calories with this simple step, but you’re also giving yourself the benefits of increased flexibility, increased blood circulation, improved mood, and, over time, as the length of your walk increases, potential decreases in blood pressure.

Once you become consistent with your walking routine, feel free to explore other options, such as:

  • Increasing your time to 30 or 45 minutes – the longer you walk, the stronger the benefits. Build your time slowly, so that you don’t get burned out in the first few weeks. The goal is to stay consistent.
  • Adding a light jog once or twice a week – increasing the pace will not only increase your calorie burn, but also strengthen your cardiovascular system, which allows you to breathe easier and feel less stressed overall.
  • Attending a class at your local gym or yoga studio – add little variety to your routine by trying out a group class or signing up for a trial training session at a nearby fitness center. It’s one thing to work out on your own, but having the support of professionals and fellow participants can both help keep you accountable and enhance your results.

Step 2: Begin Eating Nutritious Food

When we’re looking to get healthier and/or lose weight, our tendency is to put food items into 2 categories: 1) BAD food – the things you avoid because they make you fat, and 2) GOOD food – the ones that usually taste horrible, but you eat them because you want to lose weight. This is NOT helpful to your fitness goals, because it creates restriction. Instead, think about EXPANDING your options. Here’s how:

  • Find 2-3 types of fruits and green veggies that you enjoy. A few of my favorite fruits are strawerries, blueberries, and fresh figs! Veggies that I tend to run to: belgian endives, broccolini, and persian cucumbers (gotta love dippables!).
  • Swap your usual snack with the fruit. It’s just like they say, fruit is nature’s candy. Take advantage of these sweet and nutritious treats because they tend to pack a ton of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber.
  • Dedicate 1/2 of your dinner plate or lunch to veggies. Beside the fact that green veggies are packed with nutrients, just like fruit, they are also lower in calories than their starchy carb alternatives (bread, rice, pasta, etc.). That means that you can eat MORE of them and still slim down.

Step 3: Get Social

It is my FIRM belief that in order to live a healthy and fit lifestyle, you MUST expose yourself to inspiration, motivation, and tips for healthy living on a daily basis.

The highly regarded motivational speaker and businessman Jim Rohn once said “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” In this digital age, his words can be applied to the modes of communication and connection we use on a daily basis: social media. For many of us, the first messages we see in the morning come in the form of emails, memes, videos, tweets, texts and other pop-up notifications on our phones. The information we immerse ourselves in affects what we think about each day and how we behave. Just like you control your food intake, control your information intake:

  • Join Online Fitness Communities – The most popular ones out there right now are on Facebook Groups. When you join a group, you receive notifications whenever they post or have live chats! Plus, you get the benefit of receiving support from all the other members involved 🙂
  • Follow Fitness Figures On Social Media. There’s nothing like opening your feed and seeing inspirational photos and quotes that get you motivated to hit your own health and fitness goals! Instagram is my favorite place to find these, with Facebook as a very close second! If you’re down with quick quotes, try Twitter!
  • Subscribe To Health & Fitness Blogs & Email Lists. There is so much information out there. If you find a fitness personality or health and wellness expert that you enjoy, why have their latest blogs, instructional videos, and announcements delivered directly to your inbox? Signing up for a list eliminates the step of you having to go to their website to search for new information. You know what they say, what’s at the top of your inbox is at the top of your mind! Or something like that… 😉

It’s as simple as that! Follow this 3 Step Process and you’ll be on your way to building a healthy and fit lifestyle in no time!

 

Mwuah! 😉 Nadia

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