I've been terrible about exercising. I used to be great at it. Having a baby changes a lot of things in life. Don't get me wrong, I love the little guy. (Can you see why?) However, my body doesn't have to be one of those things that changes. So I've done a little research on the best ways to create a fitness plan. I thought I'd share and then begin this month to really work on my goals.
Creating a Fitness Plan
Step #1: What are your goals? Make them realistic. Use the Body Mass Index and the Basal Metabolic Rate calculators to help you with setting your goals. (Both of these can be found on the side bar under "Fitness and Nutrition")
Step #2: Keep a Food Log of food intake as well as calories burned. There is a great calculator here that can help you figure out how much you are burning based on what exercise you engage in.
Step #3: Exercise daily or regularly. It depends on your goal as to how often you'll exercise. It takes a deficit of 3500 calories to lose 1 lb. So if you exercise moderately it will take a bit longer.
Step #4: Set Milestones and give yourself rewards. NOT FOOD REWARDS! Like buying yourself something nice, getting a massage or pedicure.
Step #5: Once you've hit your goals, now you need to make new ones.
Hopefully that helps. I know it helped me. So now get out your calendar and set some goals. My goal is to lose about 20-25 lbs. It sounds like a lot, but I have some baby weight to go plus I'd like to get down a few more pounds from my pre-baby body. My goal is to exercise for 45 minutes 4 times a week. I hope to lose the weight by October. I know it seems like a lofty goal, but I know I can do it. Plus, I've got to report to all of you.
What are your goals?