Female runner tying her shoes preparing for a jog

February will mark the start of healthy eating and exercise for lots of people. Sure we all intended to start in January but often too much stuff ends up getting in the way.

So today is the start of February, you might want to get fitter, leaner, healthier or all three.

Where do you start?

The advice I always give people when they start something like this is to start slow. Instinctively we always want to do it all as fast as possible. The strictest diet, doing the most training we can.

The problem with this is it’s not sustainable. Making lasting changes is all about doing things sustainably and sensibly.

Really boring but trust me it works!

So what you need to do is gradually introduce positive habits into your lifestyle.

First up you might just aim to eat a good healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner and get some light exercise everyday. Compared to what you’ve been doing before this will be a really positive step and your body will respond, you’ll start to look and feel better.

From there you might look to make sure you are eating enough protein with your meals or more vegetables and perhaps look to do a more structured workout a few days a week. Again this is another step in the right direction and you’ll continue to make progress.

You see how it slowly builds in difficulty? Once you’ve got the hang of each stage you move onto the next.

This way you can maintain it and you also avoid burning yourself out. If you haven’t been exercising for a while, suddenly going full throttle will leave you exhausted.

You’ve got plenty of other responsibilities you need energy for so it’s important that your training doesn’t leave you unable to do them.

This is exactly why you’ll find level 1, 2 and 3 workouts on the Lean Mums website, divided up into 5,10 and 15 minutes.

No matter what your current fitness levels you’ll be able to pick a workout that’s right for you, then slowly increase how long you workout for before moving onto the next level.

The same applies to the recipes. You can either use the recipes on the website to work balanced meals into your diet, or you can build up to following the full Lean Mums Meal Plan.

So start slow and build the habits into your lifestyle, you’ll be feeling better in no time!

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