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4 Things to Think About Before Picking a Fitness Program

HIIT? Spinning? Body Pump? Barre? Swimming? Dancing? Yoga? Hot Yoga? Pilates? EMS? CrossFit? Running? Cycling? WHAT?!

Fitness programs and facilities are popping up like mushroooms. If you are not already confused about what is out there, I can tell you that I AM! We are swamped with information on fitness/health/nutrition all over the internet and social media. There are programs promising anything from fast/immediate fat loss to super strength gains etc.

It has become increasingly difficult to decide what is best for you. (I FEEL YOU!)


Before you jump on any program or if you don’t even know where to start, here are some things for you to think about:

1. Fitness Goals

Whatever you choose to get into, make sure that they are aligned with your fitness goals. Are you looking to lose weight? Gain strength? Or increase flexibility, mobility and stability?

Once you have written down your goals, it is easy to decide what to do in order to achieve them. Or, if you already have your goals but unsure of which is the best method, get help from a fitness professional!

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My previous goals were to run longer and faster. So, obviously running was all (almost) I ever did. Many people used to laugh at the idea that I was a cardio junkie or thought that I was crazy. Running has always gotten a bad rep in terms of its effectiveness in weight loss. Well, not everyone’s goal is to lose weight! I agree that if your goal is to lose weight, there are other more effective ways.

If you are training for a marathon, you’ll be out there pounding the pavement instead of spending most of your time in the weight room (and vice versa).

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SET YOUR GOALS!

2. Interest

This is a no brainer. You HAVE to pick what YOU LIKE! Pick a sport/training program that YOU enjoy.FullSizeRender_1

If you like running, GO AHEAD! If you like weights/heavy lifting, GO AHEAD!

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3. Sustainability

This point is closely related to interest. If you are not interested, you won’t be able to sustain it for long.

Fitness is a LONG TERM ON GOING journey and it should be a part of your lifestyle/routine. It is NOT a trend or a fad that you pick up, hit your goal and drop it. You’re in it for the long run.FullSizeRenderFind your BALANCE!

Whatever you pick, make sure that it is sustainable both financially and mentally. Of course, there is no harm in hopping around from one training/exercise to another. THERE ARE NO RULES!

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As long as you’re happy and healthy!

4. Community

Everyone performs better with support. Having people around you that support your goals or have the same interest MAKES A LOT OF DIFFERENCE!

They will be there to pick you up when you fall, to motivate you, to keep you accountable and listen to all your fitness related goals/chatter (HAAAA!).

FullSizeRenderProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI would not have achieved so much in running without the help of the people around me (you know who you are!).

The running community was there to share, motivate, encourage and push me beyond my capabilities.

IMG_0451 IMG_1048IMG_9552Whenever I had issues with training or running etc, I knew that I was not alone. There was always someone to PUSH me.

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Before you pick a program, THINK about these points!

Hope this helps! 😀

Happy training!

xoxo

New Year, New You?

HAPPY 2017!

First week of 2017 done and dusted. What have you been up to?IMG_2718


And yes, it is that time of the year again! That time where we tend to set unrealistic goals for ourselves. I am guilty of that (Haaaaaaaa!).

While we are still feeding off the new-year-new-you spark to keep the flame going, here are some things to think about to set the tone for the year ahead!

1. Think SMALL

The word “small” tends to get more negative vibes. We like BIG things. BIG car, BIG house, dream BIG, do BIG things, BIG changes…… There is nothing wrong with doing BIG things or thinking BIG. But before the BIG, there is the humble SMALL.

SMALL, SIMPLE and effective steps are needed to achieve BIG things. Do one small thing each day that will get you to your BIG goal.IMG_6350

Example 1:

BIG GOAL: 5 serves of vege and 2 fruits a day

SMALL steps:

-Opt for vege snacks in the morning

-More vege in your lunch/dinner

-Add a piece of fruit to curb the sweet arvo cravings

Example 2:

BIG GOAL: FIT and HEALTHY

SMALL step: 10 minutes of exercise every day

When you set SMALL goals, they are more achievable. Your brain will tell you that it is “easy” to achieve. We tend to DO it when our brain perceives it as an “easy” task. We all know we procrastinate when it comes to doing “hard work”.FullSizeRender_2

Those SMALL easy tasks will soon become habits. And once it becomes a habit, you can build on them. Ie: Going from 10 minutes of exercise to 30 minutes and beyond.

2. PRIORITY

Everyone is “BUSY”. But there are only a handful who are REALLY BUSY. And even for those who are REALLY BUSY, they still manage to find time to do the things they need/want/love.

The key thing is to PRIORITISE. I’m sure you have a hundred things going on on your to-do list right now.

Start by making that SMALL list. PRIORITISE which you would like to achieve or are important to you. It can be anything from family, friends, work, life, fitness, health, nutrition etc.FullSizeRender_1

I used to prioritise work over family. Oh how I’ve changed! I guess as you get older, you realise that your family is getting (even) older! Time flies and before you know it, precious time spent with them will slip through your fingers. I am spending so much time with my family now and they are my no.1 (after God that is). PLUS, I still get to do the things that I want to do! 😀

*MAKE THAT LIST!*

3. Discipline

Motivation comes and goes. DISCIPLINE is going to keep you going. WORK that like a muscle. FEED it, GROW it, TRAIN it!MOTIVATION

This applies to all areas of life. Family, work, responsibilities, health, fitness, nutrition…

If you have to do it or if you want it, then just DO IT.

After making that small list and prioritising each item, be discipline enough to follow through! Tell yourself that you have to do it.

Discipline is doing what you are supposed to do WHEN YOU DON’T WANT TO DO IT!

4. BE Grateful

No matter where you’re at in life, be grateful.FullSizeRender_3

The world does not owe you anything. Be grateful for what you have, for where you’re at while working towards what you want. Never be greedy. These days, we are all too fixated on living “the life” (whatever that means to you) that we lose sight of what we have. Being able to LIVE and BREATHE is already something that we should be grateful of. Focus on what REALLY MATTERS in life.

To me, only GOD can fill that empty void. That empty, lonely, deep void can only be filled with the LOVE of GOD. In HIM, I have everything. I am FULL.


This year was a little different for me. I did not “feel” it. I did not have that gush of passion, energy, dreams and resolutions pumping through me. I guess I have come to realise that you can change, set goals and achieve whatever you want, whenever you want!

You don’t need a new year, a new day, a new week or a new month to make a change. Change is always happening.

Life is a LOOOOONNNNNGGGG journey. It is what you do every other day that matters. 🙂 Step by step. It all adds up and it all counts!FullSizeRender

If you had a bad first week of 2017, so what? There’s another one coming right up!

Hope this helps!

xoxo