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.
3. Zero in on your goals
Getting in shape is a very personal experience, you’re literally challenging yourself both mentally and physically to strengthen your body in ways that can be tiring, painful but also exhilarating. As previously outlined [link to other articles], a fitness journey is a lifestyle overhaul. Not only that but it’s called a journey because it’s never ending. You can’t simply start one, get to a point where you’re happy with the results and then revert back to your old ways. It’s a constant journey of improving and enhancing the way in which you feel, move and look.
We all know that there are certain “looks” that our society seems to be obsessed with at the moment, especially amongst minority women; a big booty and slim waist a la waist trainer. If you weren’t blessed with either one naturally, it can be intensely grueling in order to achieve them. Why would or should you push yourself toward a body goal if it’s not one you truly feel drawn toward? If you’re looking to slim down and tone up, you’d want to find cardio options that you enjoy, such as running, dancing, swimming or HIIT training. If you were trying to get that big muscular booty, because you want one, then you’d want to cut back on the cardio and instead focus on weight training. Either way, if you’re going into your fitness journey with goals that you feel pressured to achieve, maintaining that dedication that I mentioned earlier will prove much harder.
As I said, starting your fitness journey is the hard part and I’d be lying if I tried to sugarcoat it. Once you’ve started though, hopefully you feel liberated and confident in your decision to put your body first and work towards a goal that makes you feel successful. We have less time and less opportunity to do things for ourselves these days, especially as women. All workouts aren’t for everyone and there will be tough, painful times where you may not see results right away. However,everyone should experience the good vibes that accompany an active lifestyle.Once you’ve made that decision, try to focus less on results and more on feeling good about your body. Always remember, You Got This.
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