The hardest part is getting started. Four Rules:

1.       Make a commitment

2.       Pick a workout (the right workout)

3.       Eat well (healthy)

4.       Reward yourself

Before you begin consult your doctor to give you the A-Okay to do physical activity and to inform you of any physical limitations you may have.

If it has been a while since you last did regular exercise or if it’s the first time, start off slowly. Do not over exercise as this will increase your risk of injury. Unless you have magic powers, make your goals realistic. It won’t happen in an hour, and believing this is possible will make you lose interest fast in gym.

Try eating regularly – every 3 hours, and not huge amounts at one sitting. This will help you gain control of your blood sugar level, which will help you control your appetite. This in turn will help you control your weight. Drink plenty of water – great weight loss tool as it has no calories, carbs or sugar.

Advice from motivational author Zig Ziglar:

“Life demands before it rewards. You’ve got to be before you can do. You’ve got to do before you can have. When you tough on yourself life becomes easy. You don’t pay the price for good health; you enjoy the benefits of it. You pay the price for poor health”

About The Author

Nicol Muller

Born and raised in Cape Town. As a child I was always influenced positively by my father to be active, from sports in school to attending gym. This grew on me throughout my life and I took an interest in running from the age of 10. Competing in my first 10km at the age of 16 , I was hooked on fitness. Not only for the benefits of what it did to my body, but for how it made me feel, my body, mind and soul felt alive! After school I went to the UK where I studied to become a Personal Trainer, living out my passion was a must for me. I returned to South Africa in 2011 after 4 years in the UK. I began working as a Personal Trainer within 2 weeks of landing. Fitness is more than about just looking good, it’s about feeling good. My aim is to instil this view into all my clients’ minds. If I can achieve this I believe I have achieved what I sought out to. I am a fun loving individual who believes that life is what you make of it. I am self-motivated and believe that I am a great motivator for others as well.

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