Got off track of New Year’s resolutions already? Don’t feel discouraged! It’s never too late to restart! I can make it easy for you and lay down three steps to start or continue your fitness journey. When you think of the word “fitness,” usually the first thing that comes to mind is “exercise.” Believe it or not, building the foundation for exercise is more important than diving into the “fitness” process right away. Inner beauty comes first!
Step 1: Clean your Palette
To really restart your body, I would recommend going on a fast for a week. This allows your body to clean your gut and excrete all the toxins from your body. The water fast is the most effective way, but there are also juice and smoothie alternatives. It might be tough for the first couple of days, but you will be amazed at how the body adapts! I did a water fast for three days and smoothies for the remaining four days. My body felt lighter, and I never felt groggy throughout the day.
Step 2: Restore
After your body is cleansed, it is time to put back in the good stuff. It is important not to overeat when you are easing back into real food from the fast. If you have completed the water fast, I would start off with juices and smoothies, but if you have been doing the alternative fast, foods that are easy on the stomach (e.g. oatmeal) are a good start. Steer clear of fried and processed foods! The rule of thumb is to create meals with produce in their whole form.
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Select produce you already enjoy eating and create simple recipes out of them. My staple foods are bananas and sweet potatoes! I add two bananas in a blender with a dash of barley grass juice powder and water. For sweet potatoes, I chop them up, sprinkle some spices, and pop them in the oven.
Step 3: Exercise
Once the first two steps have been completed, you will feel a new boost of energy — possibly like you’ve never felt before! Now that you’ve cleansed and restored your body from the inside, it’s time to build that fit physique. Generally, working out 30 minutes to an hour every day is the healthiest. However, most of us don’t have the time to fit in exercise every day, but putting aside time at least 3 times a week is crucial. Everybody has a different definition of being “fit.” Whether it is as simple as running on the treadmill or as challenging as taking crossfit classes, getting your body moving and hydrated is the most important.
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Anyone can do these steps, but remember CONSISTENCY is KEY to achieving the results you want! I’m the type who needs motivation or accountability, so I signed up for yoga classes. It was easier for me because it was in a group setting with an instructor to guide the exercises.
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