What advise do you have for those starting on a fitness journey: First of all, congrats to everyone out there ready to embark on a health and fitness journey. High five to you! There are 5 pieces of advice I would share with those starting out.
- Set realistic goals that are achievable. When you’re first starting out, pledging to lose 30 pounds or to run a marathon may seem overwhelming. And when we get overwhelmed, it is easier to give up. Focus on today and this week. Perhaps you commit to exercising 3 or 4 days this week, or to running for 5 minutes without stopping. These smaller steps lead to big steps and will help you accomplish your big goals. You can do anything you set your mind to.
- Every day is a new day to get back on track. If you find yourself having a tough day, you give into temptation or you fall off the wagon, just remember: tomorrow is a new day to start again. Don’t let one bad day or missed workout get you down. Each new morning is a chance to recommit to being the best version of yourself that you want to be.
- Don’t do too much too fast. Especially when it comes to running. Adding too much mileage and too fast of speeds can lead to injury. Be sure to add activity and exercise week over week in a way that is safe for your body and for your long-term fitness.
- It doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing or fast anyone else is going. All that matters is that you get out there every day — put one foot in front of the other. Don’t compare yourself to your neighbor down the street or the blogger who runs 6-minute miles. What you are doing is just as amazing as what everyone else is doing, no matter the pace, distance or ability. All that counts is that you give your best effort, you stay committed to doing what you say you’re going to do and you focus on being the healthiest, best YOU!
- Never forget, you can do it! You WILL do it!
Dream destination race/location: Paris and Napa Valley marathons
Favorite inspirational fitness personality/trainer: The people that inspire me most are the everyday runners and athletes I know.
Motivational motto/quote: I have 3 mantras I tell myself often:
“Train smart to race stronger.”
“I am fierce. I am strong.”
“Strong mind = strong body.”
Here are 26.2 other mantras I love: http://www.runladylike.com/