15 steps to get the body you want and start enjoying working out!
1. Start the very first day of the week with the right attitude:
Monday is GOOD! Do not think that Monday is boring and stupid. Monday is a great day, because the week is by no means set and you can shape it any way you want. You have every opportunity in the world to get the best week of your life. My tip is to start training on Monday, so you get a head-start with a clear conscience and lots of energy.
2. Make a list:
- Why do you want to start exercising? Whats bothering you? Make a list.
- do not think that exercise is only tiring and a chore, exercise should be fun!
- think that this is something you do because your body needs to move, it’s so good for you!
- think of the feeling afterwards, on all free profit you are left with after the session.
- work out in the morning if you can, right after work or right after school.If you wait and wait all day, you will probably just give up on working out because your friends or family will call you or you will have other things to do.
3. Find a form of exercise that suits you
Try out different exercises so you’ll eventually notice what you are most comfortable with. I was a fan of group lessons when I started training, and could never in the world imagine that I would ever lift free weights or run on a treadmill. But after some time, I was so fascinated by those who could run and run without stopping. Today the treadmill is my best friend and I love to run. I’m not tired and I feel amazing. And lately I’ve started with both spinning and group lessons again. Variety is amazing!
4. Have good and varied workout music, or see something on the iPad
Training music I listen to, is often not the music I listen home. It’s great to have a workout playlist with some great music that you love and enjoy. Music alone can actually be a good motivation. If you are lucky enough to be the owner of an ipad, this can also give you great satisfaction in long-distance running. If your gym owns a television or you bring your stuff to the gym you can watch your favorite television shows while being on the treadmill. Pop corn and coke has some really good shows and it’s free.
5. Have a real role model
If there is someone you admire body wise, he/she can be a great role model for you, whether that is a super model or the man on the street. If you gained weight, your old pair of jeans is a great motivation. I prefer to get motivated by people who eat healthy and work hard not the ones who are naturally skinny and fit.
6. Set goals
It can be nice to have something to work towards, something to look forward to. Previously, my goal has been to look good for the wedding and the honeymoon. Now that the wedding is over, my goal is to maintain the body I already have. I train mostly because I love it and because I love being healthy.
7. Create a training contract with yourself
Everything is so much easier when you have a contract with someone, so why not make a contract with yourself? Write down what you will achieve by a certain date, number of days a week to train, sign, and hang on the fridge.
8. Give yourself rewards
Treat yourself with a good dinner or a little chocolate after you had a good weekend. This is a lifestyle change, not a diet and you can look good and enjoy life but in moderation.If you are not a fan of candy or large meals, you can always treat yourself with others things when you achieve your goals. How about a new pair of shoes or new bag or new pair of jeans?
9. Get a personal trainer or a workout buddy
If you are struggling to get started, there is nothing wrong with hiring a personal trainer (if you can afford it of course). It’s fun and you can learn something new. If you can’t afford it can be motivating to go with your friend. You will both spend time together and have so much fun.
10. Log your sessions
Keep track of how often you train and how you train, I’m a fan of exercise diary GetInspired, and try to keep track of my week there. To log my running I use a chip in the shoe from Nike and Nike app for iphone.
11. New workout clothes
A pretty common tip is of course new sportswear. Buy yourself a pair of nice leggings and a bright pink singlet thats waiting just for you to be used.
12. Exercise is good for your body! It’s not something I’m saying, just look here:
- leads to better balance and coordination
- improve immune function
- reduces the risk of osteoporosis
- reduces the risk of stress
- and less likelihood of depression and anxiety
♥ An active lifestyle reduces the risk of:
- heart - disease by 45 percent
- stroke by 60 percent
- high blood pressure by 30 percent
- breast cancer by 30 percent
- type 2 diabetes by 50 percent
- colon cancer by 41 percent
13. Search for motivation online
There are many inspiring photos online, for example weheartit or tumblr, it often gets me off the couch!
14. Read blogs that motivates you
They are so many people who decided to change their lifestyle and get healthy. Many of them post some amazing pictures and they achieved so much.
15. No excuses
Do not say that you don’t have time, you must take your time. It’s the same if it is only 30 minutes now and then, and it’s the same whether you run a mil or go 3 miles in the woods. Something is always better than nothing. If you don’t have a gym membership you can practice in front of the television at home, you can use wood, stairs here and there, buy a hoop, a skipping rope, running with the stroller. There are so many possibilities, so if you say that you are not able to afford working out thats just an excuse!
Thanks to Caroline!
About to post this in the FAQ but I get questions about this all the time. Reblog it if you think it could help someone or if you get these questions as well.
Not sure where you heard that from, but I believe you’re mistaken.
Having calories left over doesn’t mean that you have to eat.
EX - Eating 1200 and then burning off 400…. You don’t have to eat those calories you’ve burned off again.
As long as your intake IS 1200 regardless of what you burned, and you are full… its perfectly fine. (I’ve lost 25 pounds)
Yes you do…if you eat 1200 and burn of 400 you have only eaten 800 calories which is horribly unhealthy. This is exactly how a calorie counter works. If you have a net of like 1500 and burn 300, then you’d be absolutely correct. I think you just missed that because you were thinking more concept rather than this example (but I put it at the end.) And I’ve lost 47 lbs, if that makes me more credible? lol. I think I know what I’m talking about. Please don’t reblog my things that are correct and put things that are incorrect onto them. Either message me next time so I can correct it, or make your own post.
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This is so great!!
Welcome to everyone starting their fitness journey, welcome back to those of you (like me) who have been away for a little while and are getting back on track, and a round of applause to those of you who have kept at it this whole time through the the holiday season and are continuing in the new year! :)
So we all agree that VS are naturally blessed with great genetics but they work hard for the body the have. They all look super fit and they are healthy. They eat really clean and working out is part of their life. Here is just some of the models and their diet and exercise plan.
Most of the models eat low GI not processed real food 95 % of the time.VS typical meal
Breakfast: Such things as egg whites oatmeal, veggies, fruit, organic yogurt. Lean protein and slow-burning, complex carbs.
Lunch: You’ll nearly always see a Victoria secret model backstage sipping on a green smoothie! A green smoothie includes water and a range of leafy greens (spinach, lettuce, etc. The darker the veggie the more vitamin it holds, so imagine how much you’d be getting from a green smoothie!), a salad (raw, or slightly steamed) topped with chicken or turkey, fish (Such as tuna or salmon), or lean meat.
Dinner: Eat vegetables (Just like the previous, eat your greans! steamed spinach, cauliflower, zucchini, broccoli asparagus) with fish, chicken, or turkey, also sweet potato is a big favourite of Miranda Kerrs!
Snacks: Low-glycemic fruits like berries, cherries, pears, apples, kiwi; A good treat that Jason suggests to the models is having apple with a spoon of peanut butter, I personally suggest a nut mix like almonds, peanuts, cashews, You can buy this at Woolworths and other supermarkets it’s one of my favourites! (Make sure it’s salt and sugar-free); hummus with cucumber slices or celery, or a small portion of a leftover meal.
DIET OF OTHER MODELS~
Adriana: She tries to eat low carb/low GI food. She usually has eggs for brekfast, protein shakes for snacks and some type of protein with veggies for dinner and lunch
Candice: She has the discipline to stick to a healthy, natural diet. In spite of this, she has no qualms about indulging herself in pasta and pizza from time to time. Her usual diet which is comprised of a lot of vegetables as well as steak for muscle building is sufficient to compensate for her occasional binges. She is also big on drinking plenty of fluids like fresh coconut water or just plain water. Some have also speculated on the African green tea which comes all the way from her home country in South Africa, as being the secret to the maintenance of her slim body.
Miranda: “Rather than diet my family instilled in me a real appreciation and passion for good health and organic living. I adopt the 80/20 rule. 80% good, 20% indulgent and that works for me and my body personally. I love food and enjoy eating fresh organic produce. I drink warm water and lemon every morning and I also drink lots of good quality purified and preferably alkaline water throughout the day. My Nan introduced me to Noni juice when I was twelve years old, which I drink twice daily. I treat myself occasionally and don’t have any guilt or conditions placed on it. Food is my friend and consistency is the key. I believe that everything in moderation is best. I follow the Dr. Peter D’Adamo Blood Type Diet as best I can. It’s an eating and living guideline that understands you as a biochemical individual… and I find it really works for me. I eat vegetables, ocean caught fish, and small amounts of organic free range chicken.” She also became cut gluten from her diet.
Doutzen: I have to work really hard,” she said in a recent AP interview. “My body — I have a voluptuous body. I am not one of those skinny girls. ”I like to enjoy life,” Kroes says, later adding, “I am a totally healthy girl that eats but eats in moderation,” she says of her favorite treats like cheese, bread and chocolate - With once exception. When she wanted to earn her Victoria’s Secret angel wings. When asked what it took for her to become a Victoria’s Secret model, Kroes says: “Strict sugar- and carb-free meal plan and spending many extra minutes a day jumping rope. For other fashion shows you can be skinny, but for Victoria’s Secret, you need definition.”
Behati: Prinsloo has said that she likes to eat scrambled eggs, avocado and toast for breakfast. Eggs provide a low-calorie source of protein and may also protect you against breast cancer and macular degeneration. Avocados provide fiber, potassium, folic acid, vitamin E and vitamin B as well as heart-healthy oil. And toast, especially if made from whole grains, provides fiber. She loves eating healthy and tries to eat as healthy as she can.
Erin: “I try to eat as healthy as possible. This includes eating a balanced diet of foods such as granola, vegetables, protein, nuts, etc,” Heatherton revealed in the interview.
On her go-to healthy snack, Erin says that, “I enjoy eating fruits as my healthy snack.” During a weight-loss program facing temptations can be a real burden. Erin confesses that, “I try to resist temptation as often as possible. I remind myself that end result of giving into temptations is often not worth the expense.”
Lindsay: “Eating well and being active is just part of my daily routine the Angel subsists on a diet of green juices and protein shakes. “I don’t restrict myself at all,” she says. “I love a cheeseburger and I indulge in sweets like apple crisps and dark chocolates, so I just burn more calories.”
Alessandra: She tries to eat healthy even during buring her pregnancy. Shelikes to start her day with eggs, a quality protein that she’ll take scrambled, poached or benny’d . She’s not afraid to add healthy carbs like toast or fruit on the side. Her lunches are also simple and healthy, but vary based on her schedule. She’s also a fan of Japanese takeout and can be found ordering miso soup and spicy tuna rolls.
Lily: ”I ate so much salmon for the last two months - you wouldn’t believe it. Literally, I cannot see salmon for like eight months, I ate so much of it.
”I tried to eat really clean foods before the show, and I just had a baby, so I was eating overtime to keep with breast feeding.” Lily also revealed that she began her post baby diet almost immediately after giving birth to her daughter and ”ate really clean foods: all organic fruits and vegetables” almost every day.
As well as yoga and Pilates, Kerr trains five or six days a week with leg weights, sliding discs and resistance bands. “I did yoga throughout my entire pregnancy,” she told Vogue’s Sarah Harris in 2012.
“I need to pay people to make me work out or I wouldn’t do it,” Heatherton told VOGUE.COM US, revealing that she undertakes a high-octane half-hour workout that has her switching between intervals of sprinting and power walking on an incline. “It’s exhausting… but then comes my favorite part - a half hour of yoga. I love the way it tones but also loosens you up.”
Stomach crunches, sit-ups and kick boxing.
Rope-jumping and yoga three to four times a week, and shadow boxing for 90 minutes four times a week, in addition to running around after her 15-month-old son.
Pilates and yoga three times a week, and intense 10-day sessions of the Brazil Butt Lift class, devised by her trainer. “It isn’t hard to stay in shape,” Ambrosio told Vogue’s Sarah Harris. “I think I’m in better shape now than I was 10 years ago, but it takes a bigger toll – I get back pain!”
Boxing and pilates several times a week. During the last 10 days before the show, the routine is daily.
Pilates, yoga, swimming and aqua-running.
“I’m very athletic; I always have been. I did every sport under the sun while growing up,” she told VOGUE.COM US. “I studied classical ballet and dance for years, and I continue to always be very active. Whether running, biking, swimming, or dancing, I just like to always be on the move.”
Ellingson relies upon dance classes and yoga, having danced a lot growing up. “When it comes to exercise, I don’t like anything that’s too serious,” she told VOGUE.COM US in 2011.
Weightlifting, boxing and rope-jumping twice a day.
“I try to do Pilates when I can all year around and I also like to swim a lot. I also have a trainer that kicks my butt when it’s needed! I like to be active and keep busy,” she told us in June 2012. “I eat healthy and stay active & drink plenty of water!”
Follow these tips to brighten your morning!
- Stretch. It’s a wonderful way to loosen your joints and increase flexibility. It will also get rid of any knots in your muscles from sleeping! You can try yoga or meditation, too.
- Take a shower. Showers wake you up and will leave you feeling fresh and ready for the day!
- Make your bed. You’ll be less likely to get back in and it will make you feel productive!
- Eat a healthy breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day, so give your body the calories and nutrients it needs!
- Turn on some music. It’ll leave you feeling happy, relaxed, and ready for the day!
- Wear something cute. You’ll be feeling confident and comfortable all day long! To save time, prepare your outfit the night before.
- Read an inspirational quote. Find one that motivates you!
- Wake up early. Give yourself plenty of time to get ready in the morning. If you’re less rushed, you’ll be in a better mood for the rest of the day.
- Drink a tall glass of water. It’ll get you hydrated and feeling good!
- Make a list of things you want to accomplish. Reward yourself at the end of the day if you complete all of your tasks. A list will help keep you focused and satisfied when you can check everything off!
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