MY FITNESS JOURNEY & HOW TO START YOURS!

And just like that it’s 2018!

As I finish off my emails, I thought it would be a great time to reflect on my fitness journey and share some tips with how to start yours.

It all started in 2014 when I was committed to a desk job, looking for an escape as the clock hit 5 o’clock. Back then I had a small gym, which homed one treadmill and some old weights – it wasn’t a lot, but it was all I needed.

A friend then showed me the Kayla Itsines BBG guide knowing I was trying to find something to do, with the little I had. It soon became the best part of my day, as not only was I able to break out a sweat after work but I had a community of women supporting me the entire time.

In 2015 I quit my day job to study personal training and nutrition, which took up a huge part of my day and energy – I took a break from the 12 week challenge and focused on getting through the fitness programs at my college.


Now being a qualified trainer it was time to get to work! I spent a lot of time instructing and trying out my own programs before giving them to clients, which was extremely rewarding but my own journey took a bit of a back seat.

Now in 2018 I have decided to put both clients and myself first, as part of our goals this year we have decided to complete the Sweat 12-week challenge together! In doing this we are basically holding each other accountable, which has worked so far! The Sweat 12-week challenge started on the 15 th January this year, but honestly it’s never too late to start.


If you are feeling super overwhelmed with starting your fitness journey, here are some tips that have helped me:

Tip #1: Set yourself realistic goals!
There is no point measuring your success on someone else’s ruler. What helped me was setting a realistic goal for each part of my life {Fitness, Health and Mindfulness} that made me excited to achieve them.

Tip #2: Start a program.
Now that you have your goals in place; find a program that suits them and your lifestyle. For me it was finding something that got me moving and didn’t take a lot of my time.
Tip #2.1 set a side time from the start! This is where so many people stop progressing.

Tip #3: Find a community or space that will support you!
For me it’s the BBG Community and the accountability of the ladies I am doing the challenge with in Cape Town. Knowing that I am going through the motions with others is a great help when sticking with a program; whether it’s online or in person.
Tip #3.1: Gym-phobia is a real thing, mostly for women, finding a space to complete your workouts comfortably will play a huge factor role in your commitment to a program.
For me I like to go at quite times at the gym or from the comfort of my home.

Tip #4: Ask for help!
If you are unsure of how exercises need to be executed, or the thought of a burpee is like climbing a mountain – invest some time with a qualified PT to go through your program with you. This can help with preventing injury and quitting a program because of self-doubt.

Tip #5: Take it slow.
Who cares if Sally is weeks ahead of you, or she’s lifting heavier – this is your journey! Take the time you need to ease into your program or new fitness journey. Remember this is a marathon, not a sprint!

Tip #6: Take progress shots and measurements.
This is something I wish I had done at the beginning of my fitness journey as it helps to measure your progress in a far more beneficial way than a scale.

Tip #7: Gear up!
It sounds silly, but honestly nothing gets me more excited than a new set of leggings and a banging play list! As my mom always used to say ‘dress for success’ – so I took that rule of thumb into the gym!

Tip #8: Rest & Recovery.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your progress. If I had paid more attention to foam rolling, recovery exercises and more rest days, I would have saved myself so much time and money!

Tip #9: Focus on your weaknesses.
This tip goes hand in hand with Tip #8, if you have a weak knee or bad shoulder DO NOT IGNORE IT! Rather set time a side to strength it, so it doesn’t become the reason you have to pause your program half way through it. Train smart, not hard!

Tip #10: Don’t go home first!
If you have had a long day at work and your intention is to go back to the gym, 9/10 you won't. Stick to your commitment and head straight to the gym! Unless the gym is home, then you have to possibly get a spouse on board to push your toosh into gear!

And last nuggets tip for you guys, is learn to be active anyway! Your journey should be a part of your lifestyle not just something to tick off your to-do list. Walking, hiking, swimming, rock climbing – there’s so many ways to be excited about your journey;, all you have to do is start.

All my love,
Cands
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January 24, 2018

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So take a girl with the energy of a greyhound stuck behind a desk for too many years who gave it all up to pursue a more fulfilling life centered around her passion for health and fitness. That rather convoluted sentence sums me up.

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