I'm more than happy to present you a new guest article, written by amazing Cat Smiley, a professional health, Nutrition and fitness writer based out of Whistler, Canada. She’s been nationally syndicated in over 300 newspapers for over 5 years, and is an award-winning personal trainer and nutritionist. The topic that she covers is a very important one, because everyone has to start one day (and most of us have to start more than once in our lifetime ;) ).
Enjoy Cat's article about restarting your own fitness journey:
Nobody can lead, motivate or inspire you to shape up unless you have made the decision to do so. But if you’re tired of starting again, try not giving up. Or at least not giving up completely! Starting points are not permanent; you will progress from this stage quickly. It’s better late than never – some people ride on the ‘never’ for way too long until health risks start rearing their ugly head. Don’t wait for a health scare to kick-start your workouts because you may not have the same kind of choice to exercise then, as you do now.
If you need a reason to get started, numerous medical studies have shown that an active lifestyle prolongs and improves the quality of life. Here are a couple of things you can do to keep your kick start light and enjoyable.
1. Get Medical Clearance
2. Move it or Lose it
3. Think Happy
4. Take Baby Steps
Recognize that you are negatively affecting your health by not exercising or eating a proper diet. Getting out of this stage has to come from you, no matter how difficult it is to admit it, so stop kidding yourself. You CAN feel more energized, you CAN start changing your mindset – find your power today! Many mistakenly try losing the weight first before starting to exercise, but even fifteen minutes of gentle walking per day will boost your confidence, mood, range of movement and desire to eat healthy foods. Consider it to be movement, not exercise. All mammals need to move, and guess what. You’re a mammal!