Natalie Hodson
June 27, 2017
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Where To Begin On Your Fitness And Weightloss Journey

Getting to the gym is the hardest part of the workout. You have to get dressed, find some sort of childcare and then drive there. Even if you workout from home, you have to get dressed, motivated, and then figure out how to entertain your kids for the half hour so you’re not interrupted between each set.

But the important part to remember is that you just have to move. Whether it be at a gym, or at home doing walk/jog intervals in the street- the hardest part is getting started, and from there you will see progress!

I remember after my second child was born I had a really hard time making it to the gym because my then husband was out of town for work for a month and the baby wasn’t old enough to bring to the gym day care yet. I had to get creative with home workouts, and when I was working out at home I was doing Insanity workouts. Sometimes it was too hard and I had to take breaks or modify the exercises and that’s ok, too!
There are also some great home workout videos out there, and if you look on Bodybuilding.com’s website they have a bunch of home workout ideas. I really like the www.bodybuilding.com website, and don’t worry, you don’t have to be a bodybuilder to find helpful information on there! When I was trying to lose the baby weight after my first child was born, I used Jamie Eason’s LiveFit program (a free 12-week online trainer).

I saw great results, it helped me get in awesome shape, and taught me the foundations of what I know now regarding nutrition, effective nutritional supplements, and training. If you can make it to a gym, I would definitely recommend her program, and Jamie has videos showing you how to do every exercise and a lot of recipe videos, too. I felt a little nervous being in the weight room when I first did it, but after about two weeks I felt a lot more comfortable and lifting weights is the only thing that gave me that nice toned look.

I would also recommend getting either a workout partner, or finding a fitness group online that you can connect with. Having support, a place to share struggles and achievements, and someone to hold you accountable can really make a huge difference! Remember, the most important thing is making a change that works for you in your lifestyle. That might mean working out at the gym some days, and working out at home some days. That might mean just going on daily walks with your family at night. That might mean starting off by just changing one or two meals a day to make them healthier. Regardless of where you start, make sure to recognize and celebrate your achievements. It’s a combination of all the small decisions you make each day that will make a big difference in the end.

Your friend,
Natalie

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