12 Tips To Start Exercising For Lazy Potatoes Like Me ft. my brother

Hey girl hey. And boy.

On a lot of our resolution lists, we may have written “exercise more often” which let’s be real – is not going to happen any time soon. ๐Ÿ˜‚ย When you’re a potato like me, getting up to go to the fridge is a task – let alone, running for an hour. Okay well maybe I’m not that lazy but I can guarantee you that I will run out of breath in the first 10 metres of running. ๐Ÿ˜‚ย And you should know this by now if you’ve noticed that almost all my Why I Hates have to do with sports.

But today I teamed up with my brother (a gym freak) who’s going to share tips to start exercising for us potatoes. Hopefully by the end of this post, 2019 will really be the year we all take healthy lifestyle to the next level. So anyways, let’s get starteddd.


 

 

  1. Stay Consistent

According to my brother, this is the #1 rule that we must stick with. Even if it’s just 100 metres a day, it needs to be repetitive. You can’t wear yourself out and run 2 km, then expect that to cover you for the whole year. Not going to lie, I failed at this so hard when I started Blogilates but now I run a track really close to my house and it’s easy enough for me to not die by the next time I come back, but also hard enough that I actually got some exercising done. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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2. Baby Stepsย 

This goes hand in hand with the last one but you can’t go from potato to athlete overnight – trust me, I wish. Start easy so you can be motivated and actually feel you did something. Don’t start with an athlete workout and give up. Ew I’m so hypocritical right now but that track by our house is helping me out and I can increase my distance slowly the more I practise.

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3. Make a Schedule

Right off the bat when I heard this, I flinched.๐Ÿ˜‚ย I gave up on schedules but I believe they’re very helpful. My brother says that “when you don’t have a schedule, it’s easy to make excuses because it’s all in your head. Come up with specific times that work for your day and on paper is the most helpful. I have a schedule of what to do for the next 24 weeks but you don’t need to be that extra.” Yeah, maybe not 24 weeks but maybe weekly or monthly. Have a feel for what you want to do and discipline yourself like you would if you had an appointment.

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4. Make Goals

Okay so my brother actually admits that this is a great tip but he doesn’t use it. He said, “if I don’t accomplish what I wanted to, I feel like quitting. Plus, surprises are always great so I just measure how I did here and how I did there, compare and track my progress that way.” Goals aren’t for everyone but my monthly goals help me personally. I do not recommend yearly goals just because they’re not specific and we end up leaving everything until December 31st so.. make consistent goals or track your progress!ย ๐Ÿ˜‚

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5. Mama’s Food Only

If you live away from your parents or don’t have a relative cooking for you, try your best to refrain from fast food. I’m 100% guilty of this but I’m blessed to have a mom who cooks healthy food for our family. ๐Ÿ˜‚ย Your health is super important when exercising because this is shaping your muscles and strength, and if you keep adding on adding unknown/unhealthy food into your system, it’ll be hard to see progress. “No fast food! – but Tim Hortons is an exception,” says my brother which is super true haha. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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6. No Deep Fried Food

Kind of like the last one but my brother needed to emphasize this separately because he says exercising after fried food is a k.i.l.l.e.r. He explained how he always ran out of breath in swimming and running when eating fried food beforehand which I slightly got offended by because me being able to swim and have trouble breathing is the best it can get. But he has a point. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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7. Enter Competitions

My brother said he was just an ordinary kid before entering swimming contests and triathlons. Having a deadline and competitors can be super motivating and helps you get on track. Make sure that what you’re entering is something you’re capable of or else you’ll pass out half way (me in running competitions that I entered in primary school and never again). Plus, you usually get a free shirt and food so yasss.

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8. Do What You Love but Train for It

I asked my brother if dance and sports are enough to improve your health and he said it can if you train for it. You can’t just expect to move your hands disco style once and lose arm fat overnight. For example, if you have basketball, run a few laps to improve your speed and stamina. When you train and improve yourself, you’ll find more joy and progress in the sports you’re in.

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9. Find Online Programs (beginners)

I personally gave up on this one but there are plenty of apps and programs to track your exercise and even some that give you workouts to do. This will give you a headstart from someone who’s done it for a while. Make sure to leave your favourite health apps in the comments because I need recommendationsss.

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10. Exercise in the Morning

If it’s the weekend or holidays, exercising in the morning is awesome. You get high metabolism for the rest of the day and you get it out of the way. The rhymed – I’m officially a poet. Rupi Kaur, who?ย ๐Ÿ˜‚

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11. Treat Yourself

My brother says it’s better not to eat unhealthy as much as you can but once a week doesn’t hurt. This can be your motivation because let’s be real, we’re all human and we all need a breather once in while. Which is why I decided to go with popcorn and froyo to gain those calories I worked so hard to burn right back. I’m a great example. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

12. It Doesn’t Have to Hurt your Wallet to Exercise

A lot of us believe that you need gym equipment or a membership to work out effectively but truth is, exercise is just the movement of your body. My brother does 7-minute ab workouts straight from home and it works great for him. I tried Blogilates a few times and Casey is a great coach. It can be a walk in the park or setups or laps around your school or running up and down the stairs (without harming the neighbor’s eardrums of course๐Ÿ˜‚). There are so many possibilities and at the end of the day, you only need your body and a fixed mindset to get things done.

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Anddd that’s all for today. I hope you all liked this post and benefited from my brother and I’s wise words. I need to follow this too so let’s start our potato to spinach journey together.

 

Do you have any tips to add to the list?

What struggles are you facing when exercising?

Do you have any online exercise programs or apps?

What kind of sports or exercises do you like?

I’ll see you all in my next post.

Bayyy. ๐Ÿ’ž

 

 

 

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38 thoughts on “12 Tips To Start Exercising For Lazy Potatoes Like Me ft. my brother

  1. Ashleyhouck says:

    I used to be one of those people who exercised like crazy. I would exercise 3 times a day. I ran cross country in college so I could easily do 10+ miles a day. But then I had my son and post partem depression hit me hard. I now have 3 kiddos and am still dealing with my post partem depression. I have started to exercise and got to my sisterโ€™s gym 2 to 3 times a week. I hope to start running soon. These tips are really great and should help anyone be able to get off their butts and get moving. Thank you for sharing!

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    • Bayance says:

      Oh my goodness! I am so sorry for the illness you’re going through. I hope you find a way to cope and let me know if you want to talk. Aw three kids that’s wonderful! I want 2 kids but I don’t want them to be lonely but I can’t mentally handle 3+ and aah. ๐Ÿ˜‚ It’s a long time from now and that’s if I’m blessed with children. 10 MILES?! Howwww? That’s so good but at the same time, please don’t pass out. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Thank you so much – I hope I can follow my own advice and be consistent and yess 2-3 times is a great balance! Wish you the best โค

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      • Ashleyhouck says:

        Thank you so much. I am able to cope pretty well with my depression by writing, exercising, and venting on my bad days. Yes 3 kids are quite a handful but I always wanted a dozen. Not so close in age though lol. Thereโ€™s just over 2 years between each one and I think I should have waited a little longer between them but they came when they were ready ๐Ÿ˜Š. I hope you find out one day the true joy of being a mom. Itโ€™s such a magical experience. Yes 10 miles. I donโ€™t know now how I was able to do it. But I hope to one day get back there. I hope all works out for you!

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  2. Gracie says:

    Awesome tips! I really love sports so I don’t usually have a problem with exercising, but I guess sometimes it’s good to have some motivation ๐Ÿ˜‚ thanks to you and your brother for sharing!!

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  3. Amber says:

    Great tips, Bayance! ๐Ÿ’› Lolz, Iโ€™m definitely that potato ๐Ÿฅ” that runs out of breath after 10 metres ๐Ÿ˜‚ But, lately, Iโ€™ve found that Iโ€™m thinking about what Iโ€™m eating and what exercise Iโ€™m doing (which equals 0 ๐Ÿ˜‚) No, I do do exercise, just not enough… Will definitely be trying out these apps and tips! Goal-setting really works for me! ๐Ÿ˜Š I would definitely be giving an update when I finally eat healthier and keep fitter ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธ
    Great post! (As usual)
    Amber x

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    • Bayance says:

      Thank you so much Amber!! GURL WELCOME TO THE CLUB but haha yeah I get what you mean. Yess goal setting works for me too. Yasssss hopefully I’ll keep up! ๐Ÿ˜‚ THANK U soo much for reading <333

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  4. Jayati says:

    I loved your post! I think I am gonna apply your tips to my life. I’ve not exercised in a year- since I left my boarding school and I have been gaining weight like crazy! I need to stop being a couch potato and get my butt out the door. Your post is really motivating and I really hope I can apply it to my life!!

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    • Bayance says:

      Thank you so much!! Aah sometimes things get in the way – I feel you! SAME HONESTLY. Omgg thank you so so much – I’m so glad it helped and I’m trying to follow this advice too. How is boarding school btw?

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      • Jayati says:

        You’re welcome! Boarding school is well, it is amazing but also really tiring. There’s a set schedule so, you end up doing and learning a lot but there is barely any free time, especially if you participate in a lot of things and are on the prefectorial board. It’s fun but also a lot to deal with!

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  5. Minnu says:

    Hahaha! Iโ€™m one of that potato ๐Ÿฅ” for sure. ๐Ÿ˜…
    Well, I actually do exercise, in my head!
    I run out of breath just after 10 minutes of running. Iโ€™m not sure I could run even for 10 minutes though. ๐Ÿคญ
    But yeah seriously, I should think about doing this.
    How I wish I could apply all these tips to my life. Wish me luck bayance, although I donโ€™t really know when Iโ€™m gonna stop being a potato. ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿคช
    Great post!

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  6. Jo @ The Lens & The Hard Drive says:

    Bweheheheheheeh, your brother has awesome tips! I’ve been *sorta* taking karate since… uh. 2016, but since I’m not in a dojo, convincing myself is hard. XD But hey, I have a three day streak of hard workouts, so. um. yeah.
    Now I want to enter a competition, but I’m pretty sure I’m broke.. *checks wallet* There’s a gumdrop in here! *eats it*
    Ice skating is AWESOME. But so is football. And chair basketball. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Bayance says:

      Thank you I’ll let him know. ๐Ÿ˜‚ OOH I’ve always wanted to do karate! Yeah that’s so good and can cover you for the week. HAHAH true but maybe enter local free competitions? And school ones? But yeah, some are hella expensive. Skating is so fun but I fall on my butt like at least 50 times in the first minute. FOOTBALL? No no no. Everyone just tackles each other and aaah. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Chair basketball looks so fun!! Thanks for reading.

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  7. hiddenzzzzz says:

    I first started my workouts one year ago and I’ll have to start how hard it was at first but when you get used to the pain it’ll be okay. Sadly, I stopped but I planned to start again this year๐Ÿคทโ€” If you want useful apps then you should try: 30 day fitness challenge and 8 fit.. they really helped me out!!
    Great post though!โค๏ธ

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    • Bayance says:

      Yeah I can see that! That’s why I like to start small and build my way up. SAME I did nothing last year haha. Thank you so much for the recommendations – I’ll be sure to check them out.
      And thank uuuu!

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  8. Rainbow. Jade. says:

    Omg!!! You sound so motivated. I wish i could be that motivated about sports. I love sports but these days I donโ€™t wanna do any of them. Also, calling yourself a lazy potato!!!! #ccreative!!! I should call myself that.

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