I’m sure you’ve never thought to yourself “I want to get into shape and look good but I don’t know how”. Well, this is a blog post that will help you figure out exactly what the path forward is.
# Project 1: Part 3
Now that we figured out our brand voice, let’s write content in that voice!
Below are brief outlines for four sections of content—the introduction and three other sections (Intermediate, Advanced, etc). We’ll write all these sections in the same brand voice.
Create an outline for each section. Follow this format: a title (Intermediate), then a summary paragraph of what the section does, then one or more sentences about each of the subsections in the outline below. For example, your Intermediate section might start like this:
Intermediate: Do More Than Just Wait Around After Arriving at Your Destination
What this section does: Outlines different things you can do while waiting around at an airport or hotel lobby.
Section 1: Airport lounge access – how to get it and why it’s awesome
Section 2: Use your phone as a hotspot – saving money on roaming charges
Create a plan
Planning is a crucial part of getting in shape, so let’s get started with what you need to do.
First of all, you’ll want to plan out your workout schedule. I recommend doing this on paper or in an app like Google Calendar so that it’s always accessible and easy for you to see at a glance. You don’t want to forget about your workouts or accidentally double book yourself, right?
Secondly, make sure that your plan includes plenty of rest days! This will help keep injuries down while also giving your body time to recover from the stress of exercise.
Finally and most importantly: stick with it! As tempting as it may be at times (especially when nothing seems to be happening), try not to give up after just one week or month—it takes time for results!
So, how do you start? The first thing you need to do is set a goal. It doesn’t have to be an outrageous or unattainable goal, but it should be a short-term one that can be achieved in a relatively short period of time. For example, let’s say that your goal for the next week is to work out for 20 minutes every day at lunchtime and not eat any fast food during this time period. You might also decide that each day before bedtime (that would be another 20 minute block), you’ll take care of yourself by taking a relaxing bath or reading some poetry from Whitman or Emily Dickinson. If all goes according to plan, by Friday afternoon at 3 p.m., your “workout” will look something like this:
- Walk on treadmill for 12 minutes @ 2 mph + 10 minutes elliptical @ 2 mph + 5 minutes stationary bike @ 2mph + 1 minute stretch (15 min total)
- Take nice hot shower + wash hair and body with organic shampoo + conditioner (10 min total)
Find a buddy
Find a buddy. Having a workout partner will help you stay motivated and keep track of your progress. If you have a friend who is also trying to lose weight, you can motivate each other by comparing yourselves with each other’s progress. If your motivation starts to wane, your buddy can be there for support and encouragement when times get tough. Having someone else around when working out helps make it more enjoyable because it takes the focus away from being alone with nothing but yourself in mind.
The benefits don’t stop there! A workout partner will also help when it comes time to find time in your busy schedule for workouts. They’ll be able to provide invaluable insight into what works best for them so that they may share those tips on how they manage their own day-to-day schedules while still finding enough time to exercise regularly (and vice versa).
Focus on results, not imperfections.
One of the most important things you can do to stay motivated is to focus on results, not imperfections. It’s easy to get frustrated if you’re not seeing immediate results and compare yourself to other people or previous versions of yourself. Instead, focus on what you can do today, this week and next month. Don’t worry about whether or not your thighs are too big or if it’s taking longer than expected for your abs to show through in the mirror; instead think about adding another mile onto your jog each day or doing more reps at each workout session so that over time—and with dedication—you will see real improvements in how fit and healthy you feel!
Mix up your workouts.
Mixing up your workouts is a great way to stay motivated and ward off boredom. If you’ve been running for a while, try taking on a new sport such as tennis or swimming. If you’re already an avid swimmer but would like to add some variety to your routine, consider taking up cycling—you’ll find that the movements are similar, but the experience is very different! You can also mix things up by varying the intensity of each workout; if you normally do yoga as part of your morning routine, try adding in some interval training where you alternate between high-intensity bursts and longer periods of rest.
You might be surprised at how much more enjoyable exercise becomes when it’s varied!
Keep track of your progress.
Keeping track of your progress is one of the best ways to stay motivated. Whether you are trying to lose weight, build muscle or simply be healthier, it’s important to know how you’re doing in order to stay on track.
Use a workout diary
A workout diary will help you keep track of all your workouts and their effectiveness at burning calories and building muscle. Take note of the exercises you did during each session, along with their duration and intensity level (in case that information isn’t provided by the app). You may also want to record how many reps and sets there were for each exercise so that when it comes time for another workout, you’ll know exactly what exercises worked best for those goals.
Keep a food diary
Keeping track of what goes into your body is just as important as keeping track of what comes out! You can find apps like MyFitnessPal or Lose It which will help you keep up with this task online while providing helpful suggestions based on foods’ nutritional value as well as how much they cost per serving size so that if someone is trying not only lose weight but also save money by doing so then these apps should provide some inspiration right away
Be realistic about the time you have available for working out.
It is important to be realistic about the time you have available for working out. You may feel like getting into shape will require a lot of time and effort, but that can actually be a good thing if you are making an important lifestyle change. It is always best to start slowly and then build up over time. If you start out too fast or push yourself too hard, it can lead to burnout and exhaustion which will make it more difficult for you to keep up with your routine in the long run.
You should also make sure that there is enough room in your schedule for relaxing activities as well as exercising. If possible, try scheduling at least one day per week where nothing is planned so that you can give yourself some free time between workouts and other commitments during the week such as work or school classes/study groups/meetings etcetera… It’s also important not only eat healthy foods but also take care of yourself outside of working out; this includes having fun things scheduled into our lives too!
Make sure you make time to take care of yourself outside of working out.
Making sure that you not only exercise but also make time for yourself outside of working out is crucial. It’s important to take care of yourself by eating well, sleeping well and being able to relax and unwind. You don’t want your workout regiment to take over your life so make sure that you carve out some time for doing things that you enjoy during the day as well.
Getting in shape is hard work but making a plan and sticking to it is important.
It’s so easy to get discouraged when you’re trying to lose weight or build muscle. If you’re just getting started, it can be tempting to compare yourself with people who have been working out for longer or are more advanced than you. Don’t let that happen! You’ll never be able to see them as an example because everyone is on a different journey and will make different progress at different rates.
If someone else is further along than you, that doesn’t mean your journey is doomed; if someone else seems farther behind than you, that doesn’t mean theirs isn’t worth pursuing; and if someone seems like they’re not even trying (or isn’t even aware of the importance of their health), then maybe it’s better not to count them as competition in the first place!
I hope this blog has helped you find the inspiration to get started on your fitness journey. Do you think it’s important to be fit? What do you do to stay in shape? I am always looking for new ways of getting inspired and different exercises that I can incorporate in my routine so please let me know if there are any tips or tricks that you have found helpful.