Guest Contributor: Jasmine Symone Gates
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This will be a three part series by pro workout trainer Jasmine Symone Gates. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing with you some of her tips on how to start your health and fitness journey and how to maintain it until it becomes a lifestyle.
I’m going to keep it all the way real, getting in shape is far from “easy”. In fact, that word should never be used when on a fitness journey. While it may seem easy for some to stay in shape, getting there is the toughest part that I’ve seen most people struggle with. Why? For many reasons: working out requires time, dedication, conviction and determination. I know it sounds like a cliché, or a motivational tagline but it’s all true. You can’t simply hop on a piece of equipment and see instant results. You need to change your daily physical routine, eating habits, and also put in the effort to find the regime that works best for you. Now once you’ve started your regime, it will slowly become a habit, and then staying in shape will definitely become an ‘easy’ part of your life. How does one get there? I have a few recommendations that will help alleviate the stress of getting in shape as you focus on small steps rather than jumping right in.
2. Figure out what you like to do
Back in the day, when I was on the crew team, running was part of my everyday training and it became a habit and eventually I didn’t mind it. But running definitely isn’t my go-to as I find it boring and counterproductive to my fitness goals. Any workout you’re not fully engaged with, the less likely it’ll become a habit that you’ll actually enjoy. Personally,I love group fitness classes. I feel more engaged, I'm more likely to push myself and I prefer the group setting versus exercising alone. Some of you may prefer beach workouts, solo workouts, or swimming try various workouts until you find your niche. The goal is to find what you enjoy so it’s easier to incorporate it into your daily routine. I always suggest working out with a friend when you’re first starting out, especially if working out solo isn’t your thing. That way you have someone to keep you engaged and accountable.
Unfortunately not everyone lives in a city that literally has more gyms and fitness studios than Starbucks or groceries stores. But honestly with the Internet, fitness videos and home gym equipment, there’s no reason for you to be ill prepared to workout. Like I said, the hardest part is starting the journey so even if you have limited options, get creative and find what works for you.
I do want to quickly touch on the importance of working with a professional before slowly doing solo workouts at the gym or following a videos series such as P90X on your own. When I shadow other workout sessions, eighty percent of people aren’t reaching their highest fitness potential simply because they lack the correct guidance when performing various exercises. What I mean by this is, when you want a nice perky butt, glute exercises such as squats are your go-to. However, nine out of 10 people don’t know the proper squatting form because they’ve never been corrected nor shown the proper alignment. If you think a squat is simply bending your knees and poking out your butt then unfortunately you’re one of the nine. You may squat and do exercises that you see online or read in articles but if you’re mimicking the moves without proper form, you’re going through the motions rather than properly working targeted muscles. You actually may be causing more damage than good. So I would try to reach out to someone you trust, whether that be a professional or personal connection, and have them work with you through the most popular exercise moves so once you’re ready to fly solo you’re well prepared.
Enjoyed part two of #GetFit by pro fitness trainer Jasmine Symone Gates? Stay tuned to the next installment on April 18th 2016! Want to connect with her right now? Find her on social media: @bodyambitions.
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