Advice for getting back into fitness

So the holidays have come and gone, our fitness goals have been made although there has been little to no progress on actually getting started.  I wish that I were able to give you an update on how I'm eating healthy and feeling better than ever but unfortunately I can't.  So I reached out to two friends who have two very different focuses in the fitness world and I asked them for some insight.  Hopefully this can help you feel encouraged and ready to start your own fitness journey for 2016!

The two lovely ladies are Caroline, who is working towards her second bodybuilder figure show and Jessie, a seasoned fitness class instructor. You can find Caroline's blog here, and Jessie's website here! I asked them both the same questions and here is what they said!

1.  What is your biggest piece of advice for someone taking the first steps towards a healthy lifestyle?

Caroline pointed out that this is a lifestyle, you can do small things but overall its a lifestyle change and thats how you have to approach it to have long-term results.

Jessie said her biggest thing is to figure out WHY you're changing your lifestyle.  And your WHY shouldn't be to lose 5 pounds it should be to have more energy for example.  These types of goals make it harder to give up when you keep the WHY in mind.

2. For me sometimes its easy to start but really hard for me to keep going, how do you stay motivated, especially when you don't feel like you're seeing results?

Caroline knows the power of social media and uses it to post photos and compare herself to see physical results, and she follows other health enthusiasts to stay motivated. She also says, "I am not always motivated. Trust me. That is human nature. But, even with one bad day, you can advance tomorrow to a new, great day!"

Jessie says this goes back to remembering the WHY, and remembering that this will not happen overnight.  But it is important to record the small wins where you're able to push yourself just a little bit more. Jessie points out, "These small wins can keep you motivated even when you don’t feel like you see major results right away!"

3. If someone was overwhelmed by the idea of working out and eating healthy, is there one piece of advice that you would tell them to prioritize first? 

Caroline's view is that working out and eating healthy both go hand in hand. She points out that eating healthy and working out is like a printer and ink, both useful when together but not so much when apart. She struggled more with understanding nutrition but eating right makes you feel good and leads to better sweat sessions.

Jessie talked about how results are really 80% nutrition based and how she felt pretty immediate results with eating better. She pointed out though which ever you are more motivated to start with is where you should start since the two compliment each other.   

(both of these girls said they love the way working out makes them feel, hopefully the rest of us will get there one day!)

4.  How long did it take for you to feel and then see results?

Caroline said it took her about 10 weeks to see changes in her overall health and physique, she has a show coming up and that is what keeps her motivated to keep going.

Jessie pointed out how everyone is different but it usually takes 3 weeks or more to see a difference for people she knows. But with cleaning up her diet she felt it immediately.

5. How often and for how long would you recommend working out for when starting (for example, should they be 30 minutes long, and 4 times a week?)?

Caroline said, "I spend about one hour in the gym, five to six days a week. I make sure my sessions are intense. Starting out, I usually recommend 30-45 minutes, 4-6 days a week to begin the habit and work up from there." Thats some serious fat crying (aka sweating).

Jessie recommended at least 30 minutes per day, and 5 days is ideal but if 3 or 4 is all you can get to then thats better than nothing!

6. Any other advice you would give?

Caroline said that her advice would be to set a goal, do your research, gather information from different resources and follow through on your goal. 

Jessie's advice was to take the pressure off yourself. and I love that she says, "We are all worth so much more than the number on the scale or the size of our jeans. No one needs a “perfect” body to have an amazing life." She continues to say focusing on a better version of yourself will keep you energized. 

I hope that something in this article helped inspire you in some way! And be sure to check out these amazing ladies sites for more of their thoughts and advice! 

Comment below if you have any tips for beginners!