Beginner’s Guide to Fitness: Where to Start

Whenever I talk about fitness with friends, one comment I always hear is “I have no idea where to even start. I want to change but it all just seems so overwhelming.” Those words have been said to me in so many different ways, but it all boils down to finding a starting point. Trust me, I’ve been there. That weight section is scary as hell (excuse my language), transforming your entire diet overnight seems impossible (probably because it is), and sticking to a routine seems virtually impossible.

Are you wanting to start on a fitness journey but are unsure of where to start? Try trendy workouts and fad diets, but nothing just seems to stick? Here's my guide to starting at the gym and you'll be on your way to accomplishing your fitness goals in no time!

I’ve been there, every fitness person ever has been there, and what you’re feeling is perfectly normal. Incorporating fitness into your life is just like adding anything new into your life — it just takes trial and error. Okay so maybe 6 AM gym sessions aren’t your thing because it leaves you exhausted by the end of the day. You might not be able to prepare your meals every single day.

And guess what? It’s all okay. What matters is that you stick with it and figure out what works for you. That’s the only way you will succeed.

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Here’s How to Actually Get to the Gym This Semester

Hey y’all! It’s mid-January and it’s around the time when people start falling off track for their New Year’s resolutions (or goals as I like to call them), or people just haven’t even started working on them yet. If one of your goals is to get fit this year and you fit either situation above, I’ve got you covered! Finding a fitness routine is a struggle for most people because they feel like the “don’t have the time,” and getting to the gym is a hassle. Let me tell you right here and now. You DO have the time. It’s just a matter of you pulling through with your goals.

Getting to the gym doesn't have to be hard. Here are some tips to make sure you pull through with those fitness goals.

If this is your first time really wanting to hit the gym, it can be so intimidating! You’re surrounded by all these tough-looking guys who walk around like they own the place, and there’s hardly a girl to be found in the weight section. So, to fit in, you just head to the cardio section and start running on the treadmill or walk/run/float on the elliptical. What do you even call that? Because technically you’re not walking or running, you’re just kind of suspended there moving your legs. Anyways, you’re just there dying of boredom doing cardio so you just decide that maybe working out and getting fit just isn’t for you. And that right there is the end of your fitness journey.

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A Fitness Journey Never Ends

The gym has changed me. The gym has changed me not just physically, but also mentally. I no longer look at myself, critiquing my body every time I pass by a mirror. I don’t hate how big my calves are in comparison to my thighs. I no longer feel the need to find something wrong with my body. I spent too many days, months, and years disliking parts of my body hoping it’d magically fix itself overnight. Guess what? It won’t.

Achieving fitness goals in college & how the gym saved my life

Body confidence had been an issue for a while. I’ve always been a small, petite person, but people always commented how I needed to put on weight because I looked too small or how I was so short or how my hair looked better straight than curly. Yeah those comments bothered me, but they bothered me more when I gained 10 pounds freshman year. I know 10 pounds may not seem like a lot of weight to some people, but I went into my freshman year weighing 110 pounds, and that 10 pound gain is close to almost 10% of my body weight. My freshman year was more difficult than good – struggling to fit in, not getting along with floor mates, and feeling isolated and lonely. Add a 10% weight gain to that, and life was awful. I felt terrible about the way I looked, wishing the weight would just go away. KEEP READING “A Fitness Journey Never Ends”

Five Quick & Easy Healthy Snacks

I surely can’t be the only one who is starving by the time 3:00 pm rolls around. After a long day of class, studying, and trying to cross off everything on my to-do list, I’m pretty hungry. Hunger tends to take over my brain and I just want whatever source of carbs I can find. It’s easy to see why I want to stuff my face with chips, animal crackers, or a candy bar because carbs are a quick energy source. But, I know that if I down a candy bar or some animal crackers, I’m going to be hungry again in about 30 minutes.

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I refuse to keep any unhealthy food items in my room 99% of time because I have zero self-control around junk food. So, if it’s not here, I can’t eat it. When I’m looking for snack items, I’m focusing on macronutrient content – fats, carbs, and protein. Snacking on food higher in protein and fat keeps me fuller for longer and reduces my urges to snack for hours at a time.

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How to Find Time for the Gym in College

Let’s be honest, we all come to college with this grand idea of going to the gym every day. There’s a free fitness center at our fingertips and maybe just maybe we’ll all get that dream body that we’ve wanted for forever. You start out strong, hitting the gym a few times during the first week of class, but then the stress and assignments start setting in and going to the gym becomes more of a chore than something you enjoy doing.

Wanting to get into a gym routine while in college? Here's some tips for how to find time for the gym!

By the end of the semester, the gym is a complete afterthought and then when you can’t fit into your favorite pair of jeans, you get frustrated with yourself because if only you’d stuck it out and gone to the gym as much as you had wanted to, you wouldn’t be in the position you’re in now. All of this can be boiled down into one quote: failing to plan is planning to fail.

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My Fitness Journey

Today I’m going to get a little more personal than I usually do in my posts. I am talking about fitness, my struggles and triumphs with fitness, and how it’s changed my outlook on life. I feel that sometimes, especially with girls, we think that we have to have this perfect body, that we can’t gain weight, and that if you don’t fit a specific stereotype, it’s not okay. Today I want to share how none of that is true and that all that really matters is your own happiness, whether that be from working out or sitting on the couch devouring a bag of chips (because tbh, both of those things make me very happy).

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The world paints a really distorted view of being healthy or being in shape. Society highlights all of these teeny tiny models with itty bitty waists and that’s our view of healthy. Now, I’m not saying that these models aren’t healthy. KEEP READING “My Fitness Journey”