5 Steps To Fitness In 2018

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Are you still deciding HOW to be healthier in 2018? Maybe you’ve already cut a few of those overly ambitious resolutions?  I get it… life happens! But I don’t want life to “just happen” to you!

In order to be healthier and gain more fitness you must take consistent positive action.

If you want to wake up every morning and LOVE your body you have to start somewhere, even with very small changes. Those small changes are important! Consistency doesn’t “just happen”. If your chosen habit change doesn’t fit into your lifestyle (likely because it's too much to tackle all at once) you’re not likely to stick with it. Remember: "failure" isn't failure if you learn from it and pivot. If something doesn't work for you, it just means that particular thing doesn’t work for you. Move on. But, don’t give up… not that you would. That’s so not you.

Since consistency is the name of the game here I’m going to also point out that it takes time to be consistent. Being consistent for a week is great, but consistency over a month or 3 months, or 6 months... that really starts to add up! With any changes you’re trying to make focus on breaking larger steps down into smaller, bite sized habits. You will not be consistent if everything in your whole world has to change all at once.

Here are the 5 things you MUST do in 2018 if you want to be healthier and fitter:

  1. Workout and move your body. Just a reasonable amount. 3-4 times per week is usually a great goal. Build up to this if you're starting from scratch. 

  2. Eat well. Focus on nutrient density and trying to eat a wide variety of foods. More colors = more varied vitamins and nutrients. Trying to eat enough lean protein, lots of veggies, and healthy fats will take you SO MUCH farther than you’d expect. 

  3. Show your body some love. Sleep enough, allow yourself to recover. Listen to what it’s telling you. Loving your body isn’t about waiting to love it when you can fit into your skinny jeans… it’s an all the time kind of thing. You have to get into the right mindset and respect it for what it’s capable of now. This will make it much easier for you to also love it later.

  4. Get support. No, I don't just mean a good running bra... You need a support network. Like I said “life happens” but often times we allow a small moment where we are off track to turn into a full week (or more) derailment. If you want to stay consistent, having a supportive community can make all the difference long term. You can encourage each other, motivate each other, and celebrate victories together. It's awesome.

  5. Be proactive. Life “just happening” is reactive. It’s passive. Don’t sit on the sidelines watching your own life unfold. Get in the game and play! Experiment with things, try out new activities, try cooking new foods. Plan ahead for your meals or schedule your fitness class. Of course, there will be challenges, but you can plan for those too. Prepare yourself by thinking through what you expect to be difficult for you and you’ll be much more capable of dealing with it!

That last one (#5) is the most important part when it comes to consistency. You must schedule. You must practice building new habits. You must decide what you want. Otherwise, you'll wake up in October and think "Man, I didn't do any of those things I wanted to do this year yet!" Proactively take part in your life and your day-to-day routines so you know you’re working towards your goals.

I hope these help! And, if you don’t want to have to put a plan together and figure out all the nitty gritty details in steps 1-5 you can sign up for the lean life program. It's a "done for you" program with all the bells and whistles. We focus on learning how to love our bodies everyday. We have meal plans, workouts, education, and an awesome community for support. 

PS: Nutrition tends to be one the hardest things for us to master. We have so many emotions tied to our food. It can be challenging to consistently make healthy meals for ourselves but you can make it happen! Want some extra healthy food ideas? Download the "7 Healthy Weeknight Slow Cooker Recipes" using the button below and you'll have 7 different dinner ideas. These recipes are all dairy free, gluten free, and full of nutrient dense foods that will keep you full and satisfied. Plus, they're delicious! 

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About Ashley:

Ashley is a Pilates instructor and entrepreneur in NYC who specializes in biomechanics and exercise nutrition for women. She uses the science behind exercise physiology to empower her clients to lead healthy, happy lives. Her passion project is writing “The LEAN Life Newsletter” which goes out every Tuesday and focuses on Lifestyle, Exercise, Active recovery, and Nutrition and serves as the backbone for her L.E.A.N. Life online health and fitness programs. She aims to get this information into the hands of as many women as possible so they can feel stronger and more confident in their bodies. For more information head to AshleyBrownPilates.com or @AshleyBrownPilates on instagram, or click here to get on the L.E.A.N. Life List!