Making the decision to change your life and live a healthier lifestyle is a HUGE deal and something to be so proud of. It can also be wildly overwhelming with contradictory information showing up in Google and even misinformation. Getting healthy can be a lot of work and so confusing, but it really doesn’t need to be!
I’ve been in this same exact situation, though. In 2012, I got serious about my health. I had enlisted in the Air Force and was awaiting boot camp dates. I had a terrible diet and barely exercised.
When I started my very first fitness blog on Tumblr, I was bombarded with information about how to get healthy and a lot of it was incorrect. Still, I took what I had “learned” and applied it. Which meant doing weird things like eating an entire avocado for lunch and working out twice per day while eating next to nothing.
I’m glad that didn’t last long!
Now that I am a fitness professional (and have been for half of a decade), I know the do’s and do not’s of getting healthy. I have helped over 80 people change their lives and that number continues to grow!
My top five do’s of getting healthy:
1. Do start small. Don’t try to change everything at once because that is when you will become overwhelmed and burnt out. Focus on one thing at a time. For example: let’s say you drink two sodas per day. Let’s cut that down to one. After awhile, you can make that every other day. So on, so forth. Then replace that soda with water, tea, or even sparkling water!
2. Do write your goals. I am a HUGE believer in writing out your goals. In fact, I make my clients write out their BIG goal and then smaller goals to achieve their big goal. There is something about putting it out into the universe (speaking it or writing it into existence) that really makes you go for it.
3. Do schedule it. Schedule time for your workouts, meal prep, meditation, or whatever else you are doing to reach your goal. If you don’t schedule it, then you’re not really committing to it. To achieve a goal, you have to make a plan which involves scheduling time for you to dedicate towards your goals.
4. Do find support. I’m not going to sugarcoat it: getting healthy is a journey. It is a challenging journey. It is less intimidating when you have support from those you love or even a group on social media, or a fitness class. Find your support system!
5. Do talk to a professional. In a world full of weird and quick fix diets, strange exercises, and false information… it is best to talk to a professional. But don’t just talk to any professional. Make sure you are checking their experience and education. Some people are very deceiving on social media and it may look like they know what they are talking about, but in reality they’re just trying to sell a BeachBody program or Herbalife shakes.
My top four do not’s of getting healthy:
1. Do not go crazy and do everything at once. You will burn yourself out if you try to workout five times per week, cut out all sugar and soda, and eat more fruits and vegetables. Baby steps, my friends. Baby steps add up more than you know, and you will learn this as you progress through your journey.
2. Do not “just wing it.” What I mean by this is don’t say, “yep, just gonna lose some weight” and go at it without a plan. Always create a plan so you can keep track of your progress and make sure you’re staying on a timeline. A goal without a plan or deadline is just a wish!
3. Do not believe everything you read on the Internet. Slightly ironic since you’re literally reading this on the Internet. Still, make sure that you fact check things and talk to a professional (whom you’ve confirmed their experience and credentials with). Personally, I always offer to show testimonials and send copies of my certifications to people to comfort them.
4. Do not try to do it alone. We all need support. It doesn’t have to be someone who is also on their health journey, though it is helpful so you can relate to each other. But just having someone there rooting you on can be so motivational and a huge difference in your journey!
I am here for you!
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I wear a lot of hats: NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Weight Loss Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist. A writer with a B.A. in English and Professional Writing. A fur mom and a wife. A mental health advocate and a septic shock survivor. An Airman and an athlete. I live in South Florida and am in love with the ocean. People can typically find me either in the gym or at home, writing or reading.