Let’s be real. Getting back into a healthier routine can be tricky. For the past few years, whenever I’ve tried to get myself back on track, I go from 0 to 100 and almost always fail. Like most things, you have got to take your time, find a cadence that works for you and make a plan that is scalable and can grow steadily over time.
After the awesome experience I had at The Immersion, I left Malibu feeling excited and better equipped than ever before to get myself back on track to a healthier version of me. The past few weeks got me thinking about my “plan”. How was I going to get in more workouts, what was I going to eat, how would I find balance between fitness and business and personal? All of these things ran through my mind and on my flight back to Atlanta, I started jotting down some mini goals and tasks to get myself geared up.
Now let me be very clear, I’ve only been easing back into the swing of things for three weeks now but I have started to see some baby progress. I still have a long way to go to get back into the shape and condition that’s healthiest for me but I thought I’d share a few of the tips I’ve been practicing as I continue to take on and embrace a new routine.
So without further ado…
Five Things to Help You Ease Into a Healthier Routine
- START WITH SMALL WORKOUTS. As much as I wish my body would be cool with spin classes every day, strength training every other day and maybe the occasional yoga class thrown in there somewhere, it just wasn’t possible for me right off the bat – and still isn’t. Rather than jumping in Nike’s first, I started with 3-4 days of workouts per week. I focused on getting in between 30-45 minutes for each workout and listened to my body. Each week, I add on another day up to six days per week or add on to the time if I only have time for 3-5 workouts. Ideally, I’d like to get to six days a week with maybe or two 2-a-days to really kick my butt into gear BUT I’m going to do it safely and over the next few months.
- GO WITH VARIETY. I am obsessed with spin. I literally could do it every day but I know how important it is to switch things up and work different parts of my body. I try to do 1-2 cardio days a week and 1-2 strength training days, switching between legs, arms/back and abs. I pinned a bunch of workouts I found on Instagram and just started doing each one on different days. I get bored really easily so having like 50 videos saved in my phone to reference was super helpful and keeps my body working different ways each time.
- KEEP THE RECIPES SIMPLE AT FIRST. If you look to cook or if you’re already an awesome cook, feel free to ignore this. I am neither of these things. But I also know the importance of cooking versus eating out if you want truly good-for-you meals as often as possible. There are a few super simple dishes I know how to make and I also found a few on IG that only had a few steps/ingredients that I added to the rotation. My goal was to eliminate pasta and find recipes that had healthier alternatives along with dishes that made for great leftovers so I didn’t have to cook every night. After a few weeks in the kitchen getting used to preparing healthier meals, I plan to take it up a notch and try more complex and more varied recipes.
- BUY YOURSELF THE NEW GEAR. This is nothing new so I’ll keep it short & sweet. Like many women, new workout clothes or shoes inspire me to get back in the gym. You don’t have to spend a fortune but buy yourself a new pair of sneakers or some new leggings or even a good pair of wireless headphone…it’s investing in your health and that makes it all worth it.
- FIND A PARTNER. Again, nothing new here. I always do better when I can workout with someone or have someone in my corner to keep me accountable. I recently hired a personal trainer & nutritionist and start with her June 1st – can’t wait to share more!. But I also love going to group fitness classes, checking in with my friends who I also know are getting themselves back on track or just meeting new people at the gym and getting inspired by new accounts on IG.
How do you guys get back into a healthier fitness or wellness routine? In need of all the tips so drop ’em below!