Now is the right time to start ...

This week is the start of the 12 week challenge at work.
Of course there is much excitement as is to be expected.
Lots of girls making new goals and commitments!
New habits will be created ( hopefully! ) and adhered to as a positive lifestyle choice.

It does seem a little late in the           
new year to be starting out.                       
In my opinion, there never really
 is a "right" time to start make some             
positive changes to your  lifestyle                   
and improve your health and fitness.             
It's whatever time is right for you!

With such important steps being taken ( not just those on the treadmill ), I thought I would do up a quick few points on what you should consider when starting out on a new exercise and nutrition program.
Those of you who are already well on your way with your new lifestyle changes may just want a refresher or look to changing your routine a little to get some more results.

Why start an exercise or nutrition program?

There are many different reasons why one would start an exercise and / or nutrition program ...

Change or improve Lifestyle
Improve health ( there may be medical reasons this is important )
Improve or increase fitness .. you might want to compete in a fun run! Or just walk to the top of a hill without feeling completely exhausted.
Look good
Feel good
Lose weight

These reasons are personal and everyone will have their own reasons.  Provided you are realistic about your expectations ... Get out there and go!

When to start out ..

See your doctor first for a check up and go ahead
NOW!! ( I thought I may not have mentioned it before .. )

What to do ...

Anything that takes your fancy ..

Gym .. weight training or cardio equipment
Fitness class .. there are SO many to choose from now, it's great!
Walk around the block
Run (if you can and want to )

When you start out you must work to your own ability and fitness levels.  Don't get over excited, a quick way to lose interest is to get an injury!
Enlist the help of the professionals .. Book some sessions with a PT
Visit a dietitian or nutritionist for expert advice

How to do it ...

Eat a sensible BALANCED diet .. Check out my thoughts on fad diets here ..

Exercise to your ability and fitness level.  Start out gradually and build .. ie every second day for 30 minutes and build from there.  Everyone is different so don't go comparing yourself to anyone else!  You do what you can and with practice you WILL get better!

Rope a friend or family member in with you!! It's more fun if there's more than one!!

Most importantly, have fun and enjoy what you are doing!

Now that you have got yourself started I feel the need to remind you that this should not be for a predetermined period. 

Many of the changes you make will be lifestyle changes that you can sustain on going. 

Remember to seek your doctors go ahead and speak to other professionals to help you out for what is best suited to you and your fitness and current health.

I love to hear what you are up to so let me know how you are going!

Also, let me know if you have any questions and I'll do my best to answer them!

Fit Mum x   


Deb said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You're right about there being no 'right' time to start. One just has to bloody start... which of course is why I'm pfaffing about all over the place!


Jeanie (Inspired Wish) said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Fantastic advice and so very true. We can't change last week, last year or those before. We can do something about the now. It has been bugging me how 'unwell' I've been feeling. Eager to start, well as you say, now. Since I'm stuck at work right now, I'll start tonight with some stretches, a walk, then an early night. =) Or might try and get a bit of walk in during my lunch break.

Fit Mum said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Deb, you have started, you just don't think you have! Stop talking yourself out of it! I love hearing how you are going x

Fit Mum said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Jeanie, hope all went well with your new start! Keep it up and before your know it you won't be feeling "unwell". You will be bouncing off the walls! Let me know how you are going x