Hey everyone! It's Danielle, the founder of Rose Fitness Apparel. My husband and I started Rose Fitness because we love the impact that getting fit had on our lives and we want to help other people with their journeys. So in addition to selling awesome outfits at affordable prices 😏I'm going to be sending out a newsletter with fitness tips. Please please please let me know what you think or if you have anything you want me to write about!
Since this is our very first newsletter we're going to start at the very beginning. What do you need to know when you're getting into fitness?
I've always loved being active, but it was only when I got to college that I started thinking about working out. Staying fit in high school seemed so easy to me. Maybe it the endless cross-country and soccer practices or maybe it was just the miraculous metabolism of a 17-year-old. I was in great shape without even thinking about it.
But now it’s a struggle. Daily gymnastics practices are a distant memory, and without someone telling me what to do, I’ve had to find my own routine. Welcome to being an adult! I’ve been lucky to have a family that helped me find my way but I would be SO lost without them.
Maybe you know the feeling. Whether you’re thinking about working out for the very first time or trying to get back to your high school glory, getting started can be a big challenge. Here are six tips that have helped me with my journey and that I hope can help you.
#1 Love yourself. Love yourself at your worst and at your best because you are amazing! This is the beginning of your journey, and you’ll learn so much about yourself and what you’re capable of during this time. It’s easy to compare yourself to other people: the experts who’ve been hitting the gym for 10 years, or even the person you were 5 years ago. Don’t! You’re already awesome and no matter how slowly you’re running or how short your workouts you’re working to make yourself even better!
#2 Start slow. Whether you’re new to fitness or trying to get back in shape, start really easy! If you want to run a 5k, start with a mix of walking and jogging for a mile and go from there. If you want to try yoga, go to the beginner class. Don’t be embarrassed if it seems like you’re not doing much – you’ll make progress quickly.
#3 Pick a schedule. Remember how I said you’ll make progress quickly? That’s only true if you keep working out. For beginners, 3 days a week can be the perfect schedule. It’s an easy routine to get into, and it gives your body a chance to heal after each workout. As you get more advanced, think about upping that to the famous 3-days-on, 1-day-off routine. But no matter what you do, stick with it!
#4 Find a buddy. The easiest way to stick to a schedule is to have someone who expects you to show up! Find a friend to go the gym or to run with. Or if you don’t want to pick one person become a regular at a group fitness class. Knowing people expect to see you gives that extra boost of motivation to get you at the door and one step closer to your goals.
#5 Stretch. I LOVE stretching before and after workouts. It helps with recovery and it’s SO relaxing. It gets me in the right mindset and helps me be less sore. A foam roller can help with big muscles like your quads and calves. If you don’t have time for the full stretching routine, try to hit some sore spots while you shower off.
#6 Hydrate. Your body is 60% water and things get really ugly when you don’t have enough. Even if you’re just 2% dehydrated you’ll feel weaker and your heart will have to work harder to circulate blood. Drink 20-30 ounces in the two hours before you workout, more during your workout, and even more after you finish the workout. In fact, stay hydrated all day long. Even if you’re not working out, it can help with headaches and I find that it makes my skin glow.
This isn't rocket science but I hope it gave you somewhere to start. You’re capable of so much so get out that and start crushing it. We’ll be cheering you on. Fitness is a journey and we want everyone be well equipped on that journey, so keep an eye out for our newsletters.