It’s been a long 5 year journey from the day I signed up for my first gym membership. I remember it like it was yesterday. Young, naive, and eager to learn something knew. All of the knowledge that I have now, came from a lot of research and a lot of trial and error. I had no trainer or mentor to help me out along the journey. And if I’m being honest, things would have gone a lot smoother and I would’ve saved myself a lot of time and energy (mentally and physically) if I had someone to guide me.
That’s why I love writing blog posts like these. Because they allow me to sit down and explain the good and bad and ups and downs that you’ll probably experience on your journey. And I hope that I can keep you from making the same mistakes that I did, or at the very least let you know that you’re not alone.
I kept this list short and sweet but if you want to hear a more thorough explanation definitely check out the YouTube video.
Here’s 10 things I wish I knew when I started my fitness journey:
- Your journey is your journey. So do what works best for you. Don’t worry about what is popular or what someone else is doing or how much progress they are making compared to you.
- The best routine is a routine you can stick to. Don’t do workouts you don’t enjoy.
- Be consistent, but don’t forget to enjoy life. Make fitness fit into your schedule rather than rearranging your life around your fitness goals.
- Do some form of cardio for your heart if nothing else. It’s good for you.
- You don’t have to count calories or track macros unless you want to and it’s conducive to your fitness goals.
- Give up cheat days, you don’t need them you need balance.
- Rest. Doing more leg days does not equal more booty growth.
- Not every transformation you see on social media is real and even if it is, that person may not be giving you the full picture.
- Change takes time. Months years. Keep your expectation realistic.
- Your body is going to fluctuate and change over the years. You’re not always going to be in the best shape of your life. Life changes and so will you and your priorities. The sooner you can accept and embrace that, the more at peace and content you will feel with you and your body.