I used to think that just by uttering the magical words “i’m going to the gym” that i would get super fit and toned and have a body like Gisele’s.
Boyyyy was i wrong.
I would park my hiney on the elliptical for 30 minutes, three days a week and not do anything else. Ok maybe a few sit-ups here and there, but me lift a weight? Oh the horror! This went on for longer than i care to admit and i was actually SHOCKED at the fact that i barely saw my body changing. But i’m “going to the gym!” i would whine exclaim.
It wasn’t until many years later that i learned both the importance of diet and strength training and how you need a balance of both (+ cardio!) to start seeing those results. I was honestly clueless when it came to lifting weights. Not only that, i was intimidated by everyone in the weights section who had huge muscles and looked like they knew exactly what they were doing. I would often think “i don’t belong here” and do my 30 minutes on the elliptical and leave. Don’t follow in my footsteps.
That being said, here are a few tips to start seeing those results you crave.
1. Don’t be afraid of the weight room. All those machines and dumb bells look really scary believe me i know. I avoided them like the plague. But here’s a little tip for you: they work. Like really, really work if you have have a routine and proper form. There are a ton of resources out there to help you if you’re struggling with where to start. Google, YouTube, and even Pinterest are invaluable tools to help you learn about proper exercises, form, etc. that you can incorporate into your regimen. Start small!
2. Stop puttin’ junk in your trunk. Sound familiar? It is my tagline afterall. Cut out processed foods, avoid trans fats, eat more fruit and veggies. It really is that simple. Once you make the switch to more “whole” foods you will definitely notice a difference in how you feel and how you look. Drinking more water helps too although i am as guilty as anybody in not drinking enough.
3. Step out of your comfort zone. To an extent. I’m not talking go balls to the wall when you just joined the gym but definitely switch up your usual routine. If weights feel too easy, increase that number. If the elliptical isn’t making you sweat, increase the resistance. If you use the same machine every. single. time. try a new one. Challenge yourself!
4. Get into a routine. Set a schedule for yourself of when you want to get your workout in. Not a morning person? Sweat after work. Whatever you do, just go! Start with committing to 2 days per week and grow from there. Pretty soon once you start skipping days you won’t feel like yourself and you’ll know that a routine has been born.
Ready, set, go!
Just a note: I am not a personal trainer. This is all general knowledge that i have attained over the years that i believe in and has worked for me.