It Was Just About Time

That’s right – a blog post about health and fitness and it’s not even the beginning of summer. I’m not going to ramble about how summer bodies are made in winter, but it was about time to put down the cheesecake,  get into your gym clothes and stop making excuses.

It’s time to SWEAT and SHREAD.


Here are my top 10 tips for fitness beginners.


1.Act confident and no one will question you

Believe it or not, 99% of the people in the gym are not watching you. The thing that helped me to overcome my shyness was communication. Realize that the main purpose of the people around you is to better their health and shape; each one of them had their first time working out and the fact you’re stepping into this journey is the most amazing thing.


2.Get the right shoes

The first time I went to the gym I was wearing my flat shoes “converse” type. I started running and after the 2nd mile, my feet were dying from pain. I’m not telling you to go after a $200 pair of Nike’s, but get some shoes that won’t hurt your feet and prevent you from training for a week.

3.Pump up music

One of the benefits of going to the gym is to clear your mind. Don’t think about the things you have to do for school, work or about your house chores.

Pump some upbeat music that will get you ready to sweat and shred. And always make sure your iPod or phone is charged, cause there’s nothing worse than getting into the gym and realizing your iPod is dead.


 4 Plan your workout

The scheduled things are the things we do. Put your workout in your journal or on your phone, make sure when you wake up you know what time are you going to the gym, for a run, etc. Make a fitness log, where you can mark off every time you get a workout done – this way you’ll have the motivation to mark off more days. It’s not about not having time but managing your priorities – make your health the first one. – BE CONSISTENT


7.Educate yourself 

Take your time. We all have a different type of body and the things that work for me may not work for you. Spending more time working out is how you’ll get to know your body the best. Although, make sure you know the important things such as stretching, warming up, staying hydrated and taking the needed rest.


8.Don’t try to go from zero to 100 in one day

Seeing the progress is the addictive part of going to the gym, but it works both ways – with one chocolate you can’t get fat but with just one workout, you can’t reach your goals either. Take it step by step. The internet is full of phony weightloss solutions and if you try all the crazy things just to reach your goal faster, well, you better stop now.  There is a difference between a health journey and a two – week experiment. Be clear on why you’re doing this.



9.Working out + Good food = Killer results 

 Getting a good workout and finishing it with fried food and ice cream on top is like sitting in one place and hoping to win a championship medal. You either give it your best or except that progress won’t come soon. Take small steps and celebrate the wins.

Being able to run 5 miles is much sweeter than the ice cream you’ll forget you’ve eaten after an hour.  



10.Make it fun

Doing something the best way is when you’re passionate about it and when you’re having fun. Take pictures of yourself, put them in your bathroom so you can get motivated every day; write some quotes that inspire you, change your desktop background. Go and workout with friends, change your routine – go for a hike, try a Zumba class or go kickboxing.  Make your own Spotify playlist with the songs that pump you up. Experiment with your food, write down some goals and etc. It’s not a diet, but a health journey.




Written by: Anna-Maria Ivanova