Hello My lovelies!
It’s been a while since I’ve formally posted. I got pretty sick all over again with a bronchial infection, so I wasn’t generally in a writing mood. Sorry about that! I promised to stay as healthy as I can!
Today I want to talk about some tips for exercising and health in general. Not only is fashion something that’s super important to me, but being able to physically feel amazing and fit into my clothes is way more important. Without further ado, let’s get started!
Start With Small Steps
Most of you probably know that it’s never a good idea to throw yourself into hardcore exercise without any basic training. Obviously, you wouldn’t run a marathon without working up to it first, and strength training is no different.
- Remember not to overpower yourself! If you’ve never lifted before, don’t start out with 10 pound dumbbells. between 2-5 pounders is a good place to begin.
- It’s going to hurt, but it should be a good hurt. If the pain becomes worse than just a dull ache, stop the current exercise and move on to something that won’t affect the painful area. If this problem persists, then I would suggest a doctor’s visit.
- If one side is better than the other, do a couple extra reps on the weaker side. However, you don’t want to create the same problem on the opposite side, so only 5 extra reps maximum.
- Use a yoga mat under you. The cushier it is, the more stable it tends to be. Having full contact with the floor can create many problems with muscle and bone alignment. The yoga mat will give you some extra cushiness and a good buffer between your body and the floor.
- Running is the number one way to not only build cardio, but build up your strength as well. Understandably, running doesn’t work for everyone. Instead, a fast paced walk with focus on pushing from the heels will generally garner the same results as a good jog.
- Running faster for a shorter amount of time is best, however this does not mean it is the only way. Generally speaking, it’s good to switch up duration and intensity with a run, as running the same way over and over does not lead to a good challenge. For most people, the best way to lose weight is to build endurance through running, which is achieved by, you guessed it, sprinting for your life until you bleed from your eyes in pain. Kidding, but not really.
- Build up your endurance by doing cardio exercises for longer amounts of time, every time you work out.
- If it’s easy, chances are you’re not doing the exercise right. Sad, but true.
Listen To Your Body
If something that you’re doing is abnormally painful or uncomfortable for you, stop doing it. Never ignore the signals that your body is trying to send you. If an exercise on your back leads to lower back pain, just refrain from doing it. If you want, go ahead and try the same exercise again another time, but if the problem persists, seek out professional help.
Fuel Yourself Properly
The best way to prepare for any type of exercise is to eat a protein-packed snack and at least one cup of water minimum. My favorite pre-workout snack is almond butter with a banana, as the protein in the almond butter keeps you energized and full, while the potassium from the banana prevents cramping during exercise. Do not ignore your water! Drink water before, during, and after your workout. This will ensure that dehydration wont be a looming problem. After a workout, make sure to replenish what you lost by eating a slightly salty snack, but be careful with the salt content nonetheless.
Warm Up and Cool Down
Never ever EVER go for a workout that doesn’t involve a warm up and cool down period. No matter what kind of training you’re doing, always start with some light exercise, such as walking before a run or getting the blood flowing in your body before strength training. After you’ve completed your workout, STRETCH. After an intense workout, the muscles in your body often do not relax right away, and it’s made especially worse by not stretching these muscles out. A simple 5 minute stretching period is enough to reset your body so injuries are less likely. Stretching also means less pain to deal with on your next workout, because your body will have cooled down from the tension of the previous one.
Don’t Give Up
Working out is hard, no matter what people say to you. It takes a lot of courage to show people yourself in one of your most vulnerable settings, and it takes a lot of gumption to just get up and do it! Be proud of yourself for having the discipline and dedication to better your health and well being. The reason behind your actions doesn’t matter, whether you want to lose weight or just feel stronger. Strong and healthy women are beautiful women! Tell yourself you CAN, and you will succeed.
Well my lovelies, that’s all I have for you concerning my tips and tricks for exercise. I hope that at least one of you found this helpful! My OOTD is entirely workout inspired, and it proves that you can work out and look cute at the same time!
Vest – Polo Ralph Lauren ($18.00 at Marshall’s!)
Jacket – Athleta
Shirt – Adidas
Pants – Under Armor
Shoes – Adidas
Disclaimer: I will never edit my pictures in a way that misrepresents my natural weight and body-type.