How To Kick Start Your Fitness Journey

How To Kick Start Your Fitness Journey

The 3 C’s in life:

Choice, Chance, & Change.

You must make the choice,

to take the chance,

if you want anything in life to change.

Okay, I’m probably the bajillionth person to write tips and advice on transitioning into a fitness routine, BUT I want to try to reach as many of my friends as I can because I care about them and I want them to live long, happy lives. Even if only five people read this, thats five more people in the world who are taking steps to better themselves. To all of my friends out there who have asked me for advice on exercising and eating right- this is for you. I love you guys!

I’m gonna start off by saying that this is a commitment to your health. It is a privilege to be able to exercise and use your body while you can walk, jump…Move! When you look at the big picture and imagine how you want to be living at 65 years old, taking care of your body now is key. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day. So, you want to feel more energized, look better, and increase your confidence? Be part of that 5%.

One of my friends sent me a text asking “How do I start working out?” Well, you just have to start somewhere! When I first started committing to an exercise routine, I found Kayla Itsines body-weight workouts. Let me tell ya, those kicked my ass! Once I felt comfortable enough to venture into the weight-lifting world, I started going to the gym for resistance training. See, we all start somewhere! Personally, I think that mastering body weight exercises is a wonderful place for beginners. However, it depends on the person. Some people prefer running, or yoga for exercise. All are GREAT options, you just need to find your niche-something you can enjoy doing long term. Once it becomes part of your routine, it will be foreign not having it scheduled in to your day.

That brings me to another piece of advice; schedule and make time for your workouts! Whether it is 5AM or 9PM, find a time to take some pre-workout, listen to some banger tunes that get you motivated, and go move your body! (I listen to Spotify playlists, and there are tons of really great genres for all different types of exercise.) You will not only be improving your health, but you will also notice that you are sleeping better, have more energy during the day, and feel a sense of accomplishment.

I’m the type of person that prefers to workout alone. The gym is my personal time where I can handle the shit that is happening in my life. However, I know other people love to have an accountability buddy! Find an exercise buddy, discuss your fitness goals, and keep each other accountable for those goals. One of my friends and I have a goal of running five miles this week, and so far we are crushing it! It is just nice to have someone struggling with you, but also knowing that you’re both accomplishing something that is keeping you healthy and active is a wonderful feeling!

My final little nugget of advice is to pay no attention to what others are doing. Focus on you and what you have going for you. If you become easily intimidated by people in the gym, that’s okay, because I’ve been there! Honestly though, if you stick with it, you get over that feeling. Exercise can build you up in so many ways, including your confidence. Just keep in mind that the intimidating ones at the gym are there for them, and probably are only focusing on their gains (lol) instead of what you’re doing. If anyone ever says something mean to you, just call me up and i’ll kick some meat-head ass.

SO, next time you’re contemplating about going for a run, just send it! You’ll feel amazing after. It’s all about starting somewhere and progressing into more vigorous exercises. Challenging your body, challenges your mind as well, which always results in growth. It’s cheesy, but you really can accomplish anything you set your mind to. If you are reading this, and want to commit yourself to an exercise routine-do it! I believe in you! Tell your friends, family, dog, and don’t hold back.

It’s time for growth.

-The Positive Peanut

Life-Changing Habits to Start Now

Life-Changing Habits to Start Now

Happy Tuesday everyone! I am taking advantage of today to ease my mind and just relax before my night shift in a few hours. Once again, I am sitting in my favorite coffee house, ready to express the thoughts buzzing around in my head.

As of lately, I’ve had many people question my habits. I know they are just curious, but some times I feel like they think I’m weird for committing to these habits. I know they mean well, and they probably just want to know how I carry out these fixations daily. I guess it’s the insecurity in me that is afraid of explaining the ‘why’ behind my mannerisms.

I have noticed that if someone is doing something out of the ordinary in the bunch, others will be intrigued, and will either start to follow that individual or judge them. Well, if you find yourself always being the odd one out and carrying on with your own habits that spark conversation, don’t feel insecure! If anything, the people questioning you are simply showing you that you are interesting. Wouldn’t you rather be interesting vs. a dull individual?

Not gonna lie, I have some odd habits. However, I consider them “healthy” habits. They make me who I am and I’m proud of myself for committing to these habits because they make me feel good and inspire others to take care of themselves as well. 

Here are some of my habits that have changed my life for the betterment of my health.

1.) Hydrate In the Morning

Obviously, hydrate all day too! By this I mean to wake your body and digestion up with 16oz of some good ol’ H2O. Your body will thank you.

2.) Lift Some Weights

If you’re trying to lose weight, become more toned, or even put on some pounds of muscle, weights will be your friend! My morning weight lifting sessions have helped me over the years in so many ways. I always go to the gym around 6A.M. every day (except for Sundays) to start my day off on the right foot! Make time to take care of your body.

3.) Get Some Beauty Rest

This is SO important! Honestly, I am a little old lady when it comes to sleep. I usually go to bed around 8:30-9pm, which many of my friends tease me about. I love being productive, but I also love sleep. It is vital for all humans in order to function properly. Prioritize your sleep, and I promise you’ll be amazed by how your body reacts to a consistent sleep schedule.

4.) Cook Your Own Meals

Okay, I don’t always follow this because I am addicted to Whole Food’s salad bar. However, cooking your own meals can be healthier and cheaper for you in the long run! I always bring a prepared meal and snack with me wherever I go if I plan on being out of the house all day. If you don’t have the time to cook your own meals, there are plenty of healthy food options out in the world! Grocery stores, cafes, and even gas stations are so much more accommodating to healthy diets these days.

5.) Express Your Gratitude

Tell your loved ones how you feel about them, and do it often. It never hurts to tell someone you care so much about them, or that you have been thinking about them. You just may make their day! It will fill your heart with love, and that always makes one feel at ease. Life is short, you deserve to be treated right, and so do others.

That’s just a few of my healthy habits that I hope y’all start to implement into your lives! What are some of your weird/healthy/different habits? Feel free to share your thoughts below. 🙂

-The Positive Peanut