Raise your hand if you’ve got “get in shape” on your 2020 to-do list…
Now raise it 50 more times and switch sides. 😉 This week we are talking to fitness trainer Allison Nelson of Live Real Fit about getting organized to get fit this year. We talk about the first steps to take in planning your routine, how to ease into a routine or new routine to prevent injury or burnout, and how to stay motivated when you want to throw in the gym towel.
Allison Nelson is a self-described nerdy, athletic, midwestern momma of twins with a passion for helping others realize their fitness potential. She is a doctor of physical therapy and strength training enthusiast. She started her training business Live Real Fit with the chief goal to empower and educate on all things fitness. Allison wants you to feel like you can create a lifestyle change that is sustainable, doesn’t feel restrictive, and fits your individual needs and goals.
START PLANNING TO GET FIT
Failure to plan is a plan to fail…Sound familiar. This is why Allison suggests the first step is to decide how many days can realistically dedicate to improving your fitness. Start with something that feels honest to you. Look at your schedule. Be honest about where you can add your new fitness priority.
And when it comes to creating your plan, look for something that you love to do that gets you up and moving your body. If you find something you love to do, it will help you stick to it. Allison believes anything that adds moving your body to your day is great.
EASING INTO YOUR FITNESS ROUTINE
Allison recommends starting small. Especially when you are beginning a new routine. When you bite off more than you can chew, you put yourself at risk for injury and losing motivation.
And that’s why it’s so important to follow her first tip of realistically looking at your schedule. Determine the days and times you can put into your schedule to work towards your fitness goals.
STAYING MOTIVATED IN YOUR FITNESS GOALS
Allison suggests focussing on your “why”…Why did you set this goal? What is the purpose of “getting fit”? Write it down. Post it somewhere you can see it first thing in the morning. Remind yourself of the reason you want to make this change. And use that to get your body moving.
Also, scheduling your workout into your week will help you continue to make strides towards your fitness goals. Make it a date with yourself. The calendar commitment you make is so much harder to avoid than “I’ll just go to the gym after work.”
And finally, accountability is huge to keep you on track. Find a friend, family member or trainer to help keep you working toward your fitness goal, no matter what that is.
CONNECT WITH ALLISON
SKINNY BLUEBERRY SPRITZERS
Courtesy of Peanut Butter and Peppers
- ½ cup blueberry juice
- 2 tbsp. lime juice
- 1 tsp. fine sugar (more to taste)
- ¼ cup champagne
- 1 cup ice cubes
- A few blueberries for decoration
In a measuring cup add blueberry juice, lime juice and sugar, mix well.
In a glass fill it up to the top with ice cubes and pour blueberry juice mixture over the top. Add champagne and a few blueberries.
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