8 Tips to Help You Kick Start Your Fitness Revolution by Aishah Muhammad
Posted on Jan 24, 2017
When it comes to maintaining an active, healthy, and balanced lifestyle, we just have no idea where to start. It seems much easier to eat a fast but unhealthy meal and drink a detox tea to make up for it than to put the conscious effort in making healthier choices. I stop and think sometimes about how when I am 60, I want to be able to walk around and be in a strong body. Though aging is of course a natural way of life, the state of your body at 60 will be a reflection of how you treat it today. Taking care of yourself now will prove to be beneficial both the short term and the long term.
While making changes in one's everyday routine may seem intimidating at first, it is not as hard as we think it is. Small changes can make a drastic difference in your energy levels and how you feel. It's a new year! Learn how all you lovely ladies can kick start your fitness revolution with my eight tips!
1) Make dua
Yes, seriously. Never underestimate the power of dua. The body is a trust given to us by Allah (S) and it is our responsibility to take care of it to the best of our abilities. The channels to Allah (S) are always open, and He loves the servant that goes to Him for their every need, no matter how deep or shallow it may be. So – make dua’a to Allah that He makes it easier for you to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and insha'Allah your dua will be answered.
2) Set your goal
What do you want to achieve? Are you looking to lose weight? Gain weight? Perhaps you are someone who just wants to move a little more and build your strength. Or maybe the wedding bells are ringing? Whatever the reason, set a goal for what you want to achieve because this gives you something concrete to work towards, and help you develop a plan. Keep yourself motivated as this will help you make time for exercise.
3) Seek out activities in your local area
Find out what is going on in your area. Fitness is not just about hitting the gym. Look for classes and sports activities that may tickle your fancy. If you prefer female only activities, you are in luck! It is becoming a trend, even in Western countries, to have female only fitness groups. Choose anything from boxing to sports to cricket – find something that will get your body moving and your blood pumping.
The easiest and cheapest way to get yourself into better shape is to walk. Trade your car keys and bus card for some comfortable shoes. Walk to school, the shops, work – everywhere...well, maybe not everywhere, but try to fit it in whenever you can! Perhaps get off the bus a few stops early to finish your journey with a walk. Maybe go out of your way to park your car at the end of the parking lot, instead of directly in front of the store. Take the stairs instead of the elevator when you can. You get the picture!
5) Work out with weights
Many women find working out with heavy weights very daunting, but weight lifting exercises are a great way to build your muscles to be toned and strong. Don't worry, working out with weights does not mean you will look bulky like a man; women do not have the testosterone levels that would ever lead to biceps the size of footballs. Because muscles actually burn more calories than we think, this type of exercise can actually help you lose weight faster.
6) Hire a professional
Sometimes, the world of health and fitness can be overwhelming. Getting the help of a fitness instructor or personal trainer can be a great investment to help you build a strong foundation, and a great way to make sure you don't hurt yourself. Having someone to coach and guide you through some of the initial steps can be helpful if you lack the motivation or are lost as to where to go next.
7) Make healthier food choices
Exercising is not the only thing we should be doing when trying to get into shape. What you eat plays a massive role in how you think, feel, and look. Take an honest look at what you are eating and try to replace some of your unhealthy foods with wholesome, nutritious alternatives. Cook from scratch with your own hands so you know what is going into your foods; this is made easier by filling your cupboards with lots of healthy ingredients. Also remember (and rejoice!), eating less is not the way to go. Starving yourself is actually detrimental to your health and makes getting into shape harder. So eat away, but make sure you are conscious of everything you feed your body.
8) Drink water, drink water, drink water!
Staying hydrated is key to looking after your body! Drink as much water as you can. If you are not a fan of plain old water, you can infuse it with mint or any fruits of your choice to add some natural flavor and antioxidants to your water.
I hope you have found this article to be useful and inspiring! Please comment below and let me know how you found it! If you are someone who is struggling with fitness and want a helping hand, head over to my website read about my services as a personal fitness trainer and weight loss coach.
Aishah is a medical doctor, weight loss coach and personal trainer. She has a keen interest in promoting a healthier lifestyle for Muslim women and blogs regularly on health, fitness and personal development. Aishah provides a unique service, both online and face-to-face, offering fitness coaching to Muslim women all over the world. Visit her blog and follow her on social media: Instagram and Facebook.