I think it’s so important to go back and reflect on what you have learnt throughout your journey in life, not only to see what you have learned and achieved, but also to see what you could have improved on too. So today I am doing just that, and giving you 5 things that I have learned throughout my fitness journey.
1. Progress pictures are a must
Yes you’ll feel silly, maybe even embarrassed, but taking progress pictures is one of, if not the best way of seeing progress. Because you will most likely be building muscle as you are getting stronger (and muscle weighs more than fat) the scales may not be your best friend when it comes to checking your progress. With progress pictures however, you will be able to see the physical changes that your body has made that you may not have noticed yourself. I would recommend taking pictures every 4 weeks, including one from the front, back and side.
2. Consistency and sustainability are so important
If have never been to the gym before and then you decide you are going to go every day (doing 30 mins fasted cardio and 40 minutes of legs, with a few sprints too and maybe a few pull-ups) you are unlikely to be able to stick to it. You need to work up towards that. Instead, you may decide that 3 full body sessions each week would be perfect for you. After 3-4 weeks of being in this consistent routine, you may then increase it to 4 sessions a week, it’s up to you. The main point to take away is that it’s better to go fewer times each week if it means you are consistent rather than going every day for a week then not going for the rest of the month. It is supposed to be a healthy lifestyle, so make it work for you.
3. Just because you weren’t sore after a workout doesn’t mean you didn’t have a good workout
Sore muscles are a sign that they have worked hard (hello DOMS), but if you wake up the next day feeling great (lucky you) that doesn’t mean your workout was pointless. There may be a few different reasons for this. One reason may be because your body was able to recover quickly because you fueled your body correctly afterwards. Another may be because your body is getting used to working out like that and needs a challenge. So switch up your workout and see if there are any changes.
4. Cardio isn’t the only form of exercise, and lifting weights isn’t the devil
Don’t get me wrong, cardio is great and an amazing way to keep your body healthy while also aiding in fat loss. But doing just cardio won’t give you that dream body. Weight lifting, it’s just for men right? Wrong. Nowadays, more and more women are seeing the difference that weight training can do, and the truth is anyone can do it and see results. So the ‘optimal’ way to train is to lift weights regularly and also include a bit of cardio too.
5. There’s no ‘secret’
No secret diet. No secret workout. No secret tricks. The best thing you can do is to be consistent and be patient, the results will come.
So there you have it, 5 things that I’ve learned through my fitness journey. Let me know what you think and any other things you have learned in the comments below.