Did you catch our post on 3 Simple Eating Habits That Changed Our Life? Not only did we change our eating habits but we also started our fitness journey. Below are a few of the fitness habits we adopted.
3 Simple Fitness Habits That Changed Our Life
1. Focus on weight training first
Most people think that they need to start running or doing some other form of cardio when they start their fitness journey. While you can definitely have running and/or cardio goals, you will do yourself a huge favor by focusing on weight training first and early! Don't wait until you lose XX number of pounds to start lifting.
The more muscle your body has the more calories it burns, even at rest.
Our workout plans lay out which exercises you should do, including sets and reps along with recommended intensity levels. The workout plans also include HIIT routines, training logs, our popular grocery lists, a sample daily meal timing schedule and tips for what to eat before and after a workout.
2. Find a cardio activity that you enjoy
When you do introduce cardio, don't force yourself to do one activity. You can take a cardio-based class, incline walk, run, swim, bike, etc. Switch it up so you don't get bored.
We typically hike on the weekends as our cardio. (Check out our post on How to Get in Shape for Hiking!) If we are doing cardio in the gym we stick with sprints on the treadmill or incline walk/running. Scott also loves to use the rowing machine and spin. I enjoy running short distances when the weather is nice. I call myself a "fair weather runner". 😉 Walking is a great form of exercise too!
You don't need to spend hours upon hours on a piece of cardio equipment. Don't overdo your cardio sessions. Three to four 30-minute cardio sessions each week is plenty.
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3. Take rest days seriously
You NEED at least 1-2 rest days per week. Your body needs time to rest, recover, and grow. When people start on a fitness plan and they are actually excited about working out (maybe for the first time in their life) they start to think that "more is better" and that is definitely not the case here. Stick with your routine/plan including rest days and see it through until the end. Read: 5 Reasons Why You Need A Fitness Plan
This might be the most important reason: You don't need to spend your whole life in the gym/working out.
If you are lacking in motivation, we've written a post on that too >> Our Top 10 Tips to Stay Motivated
Don't get overwhelmed. So many people come to us overwhelmed that we even did an entire podcast on the topic! You can find that information overload podcast here. Listen to that and just get started. Don't over-complicate things...start moving!
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