Baby Steps: Small steps you can take NOW towards your wellness journey
Updated: Sep 13, 2019
1. Mentally Prepare
Train your mind, then your body.
What is your fitness goal? Are you wanting to lose weight, or is it a complete lifestyle change you’re seeking? Whichever the case, you must learn to train your mind before you begin. Set up daily wellness goals that you’d like to accomplish, and mentally prepare yourself for this change you’re about to undergo. The mind is powerful. You have to first have the mindset of wanting to transform your lifestyle before you begin. Believe it, or not, this is the hardest step. You have to mentally be ready to make a change because no one can do it for you. You have to be willing to push yourself during those times that you're wanting to quit. Motivate yourself when you're feeling uninspired, and go hard for yourself, like only you can! You know what else? Once you’ve made up your mind, nothing will be able stop you. That’s why it’s so important that you be willing to commit wholeheartedly. Give yourself your best shot by being prepared!
2. Replace salty/sugary snacks with a fruit.
Stay far far away from the candy/cookie aisle. I know it’s tempting having those Oreo’s, Doritos, and Starbursts just waiting for you on the shelf in aisle 5. HOWEVER, you must resist. If you are serious about starting a diet and/or maintaining a healthy lifestyle, developing healthy eating habits is a must. It will not be easy. I repeat: IT WILL NOT BE EASY. Anything worth having usually isn’t though, right? (and trust me a healthy body is definitely worth having) Even if it’s just having an apple a day instead of your daily bag of chips, that’s something. That’s a baby step forward! Remember, we’re starting small here. Instead of reaching for fruit flavored snacks, reach for the actual fruit itself. Eat them raw, make smoothies, make freshly squeezed juices, or freeze them and make a nice fro-yo. (Frozen yogurt) You have options, beautiful people! Don’t give in to the temptation. Stay strong. Remember why you started, and stay the course. You can do it.
Don’t pass on the vegetables. Since you’re making an effort to eat healthier, I’m sure you’re aware that you can’t leave out vegetables. If you aren’t necessary a vegetable loving person, start small. Add a small salad on the side in addition to your meal, or mix the veggies into the meal itself. You could even try a combination fruit/veggie smoothie if that’s more your speed. The goal here is to simply start!
4.Begin with a 15 min workout
If you’re an absolute novice to the fitness world, aim for an every other day regiment whereas you work out for 15 minutes at a time, every other day.
Go for a walk. Take a beginner yoga class. Do some light jogging, or just a quick at-home workout before you get your day started. It doesn’t have to be some over the top weight lifting, or hard core training right from the start. Familiarize your body with this new change before you jump into anything hard hitting. Take it slow, and do not force it. Eventually you’ll be able to do more, but for the time being, ease into things. You’re not in competition with anyone, and you don’t need to prove anything to anyone, except yourself. You already have what it takes. Now, you just have to prove it to yourself. Do 15 mins a day, and be proud of it! That's more than what you did yesterday, right?
5.Don’t just change your diet.. change your lifestyle
When it comes to health and wellness, I always advise people to not only change their diet, but the overall lifestyle. Why? It’s too easy to fall into the “I’ll start tomorrow “ trap with diets. You can start a 30 day low carb diet at anytime, but how many times do we actually start tomorrow?
To avoid getting sucked in to that trap altogether, do it TODAY. Wherever you are, and whatever time zone start today. Another piece of advice would be to begin with a friend, or family member. It becomes a lot easier to stay on top of your goals when you have someone to help keep you on track.
Remember, we're starting small, guys. Try these steps, and slowly increase your efforts overtime. Seems simple enough right?
Which of these steps will you try today?
Will you include family and/or friends to help keep you accountable?