The Beginner Workout Muscle and Fitness Hers

The Beginner Workout Muscle and Fitness Hers

Youre an eternal beginner. You get on a program and fall off just as fast. You skip the gym if its raining. Your problem, however, may not be a weakness of character, but rather not following the right strategy. Pry the snooze button off your alarm clock, because with a little effort, you can adopt good exercise and diet habits, thanks to this plan from Brian Grasso, a trainer and life coach in Montreal.

Mantra: Im Just Not Consistent.

Best lifts: 225pound bench press; Whats a squat?The body and mind are terribly homeostatic machines, Grasso says. They constantly search for comfort and consistency, so deciding to make a slew of changes at once often leads to failure.

Making minor amendments to your daily routine will fl y under the radar of your conscious thought and become positive habits. In other words, if you start so gradually that you barely notice the change, youll be more apt to continue it and make more changes without them ever seeming daunting.

This isnt asking a lot, so try to go at the same times every week. Get used to making appointments with yourself and keeping them. But if you dont feel like working out, dont. Just go to the gym, walk in, and leave if you want. The important thing is that you establish the habit of going. At the very least, change into your workout clothes when you get thereyou can change back out of them and leave right away. In no time, youll be going to the gym and staying to train, and regular exercise will be a part of your life.

I believe in making modest changes to the diet that dont leave people feeling trapped and anxious to return to their old habits, Grasso says. Choose just one meal to eat that youre sure is healthy. Dont psyche yourself out hereuse common sense. Lean meat and fi sh, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and raw nuts and seeds are all fine. Eat what you like the rest of the day. Do this for two weeks and then up it to two healthy meals per day. Continue in that fashion and youll fi nd youre eating healthy most of the time.