With summer approaching comes a new wave of gym memberships.
Are we cheating ourselves by crash dieting and engaging in extensive workouts? The answer is a BIG FAT YES!
Almost a year into motherhood, I became very uncomfortable with my body. It was to a point where I couldn’t recognize myself in the mirror. Unlink many, I gained all of my weight while nursing and being a full-time stay-at-home mom. I started my health-well journey to get back into the swing of things. By working out here and there and changing my eating habits, I’ve come a long way. I’ve even lost 25 pounds so far. (Yass!)
In an effort to “pay it forward,” here are some tips I found to be helpful.
(Not listed in order of importance)
Goal Digger- Map Out Your Goals
Are you looking to lose weight or to tone up? Are you looking to create your ideal body shape? (Yes, you can create the body you desire without anesthesia.) How much weight are you looking to lose or gain? REALISTICALLY, when do you want these results by? Keep in mind, working on your body will not give you immediate results, BUT results will come.
Do Your Research
Understand your workouts. Look into what exercises are helping to mature which muscle. For example, planks help strengthen your core and your back. Look into what equipment you need. That can be as simple as a yoga mat, resistance bands and dumbbells from the likes of Five Below.
If you have never worked out before, be sure to look into beginner exercises until your body becomes accustomed to the constant activity.
Use Your Resources
It’s amazing the power of technology! Did you know that you can get a work-out class on YouTube? Believe it or not, you will still sweat and feel the burn. Pinterest has a number of 15/30- Day Challenges that can make things a little more interesting.
Sometimes staying home doesn’t work—it’s easy to be too comfortable to put the work in. And sometimes the equipment in a gym can be intimidating but fret not! You can look into group/class sessions. I.e. Yoga, Pole Fitness or even Bootcamps. (I looove a good Boot Camp!)
You can also look for a virtual trainer like BrittneBabe for in home workouts if the gym is too overwhelming for you.
Pay Attention to Your Body
You don’t always have to go hard! Sometimes you need rest. Some days you can go full force and sometimes you’ll have to do things in moderation. Slow and steady wins the race.
Find Your Support
Find people on a similar journey or who have mastered what you have not yet to help keep you accountable. For me, that’s been having Love_N_Lifting cheer me on thousands of miles away, regardless of how many times I press the restart button.
Keep these 3 things in mind:
- Food can be your friend. It’s all about moderation and balance.
- Comparison is the thief of joy. DO NOT! I repeat DO NOT compare your body to another’s.
- DO NOT GIVE UP! You can restart Day 1 fifteen times over. Just keep to it.
Geralda is a writer, television producer and (most importantly) a proud mother.
Born, raised and adulting in the boogie-down-Bronx, she is a first-generation Caribbean-American and undoubtedly on the road to becoming a mogul.