3. Carve out Time for Fitness

This is so key!!!! Taking small actions in exercise is truly better than doing nothing. Fitness is a compound effect that adds up over time. Don’t be too hard on yourself, or give yourself unrealistic time frames. You know your schedule better than anyone else, physically carve out fitness time in your schedule just like you make time for any other appointment in your life. It doesn’t have to be extended periods of exercise. Even 10 minutes in the morning when you wake up, 10 minutes at lunch, and 10 minutes in the evening is a full 30 minute workout. Maybe 15 minutes twice a day will work better for you. There’s so much you can do even from the comfort of your home without additional. Start small and BE CONSISTENT.

4. Tone with Weights

One of my personal trainer friends that shared a secret with me that changed my life. Lift weights!! I know what you’re thinking, you don’t want to be the Female Incredible Hulk (or maybe you do, and that’s fine too). I was afraid that I would bulk up like the people I see on the fitness channels or at the gym. My friend explained to me that if I only did cardio, once I stopped my cardio workout session my increased calorie burning would also cease. They explained to me that if I lifted weights, I would tone and create muscles that would continue to work for me (and burn calories) even after I left the gym. Yes!!! Keep this in mind, also know that there are so many benefits to weights including: strengthening your bones to prevent osteoporosis, physically losing fat instead of just losing “weight,” the ability to shape how your body will look by the weight activities you choose, and improving your posture.

Health and wellness is a marathon journey. Embrace your own path. Implement these steps (obviously considering your own life circumstances and any medical conditions), and keep me posted on social media of how they work for you. Please note that with any health advice, be sure to check with your primary care provider or specialty provider for recommendations based upon your own clinical picture before implementing advice (especially in regards to exercise or dietary/supplemental intake).