Tips to get your wellness program started in 2020

Reggie Grovey
Fitness enthusiast

Unfortunately many people have a hard time finding the energy and or time to improve their health through exercise and proper nutrition.  The truth of the matter is it doesn’t have to be that way... and today I am going to give you some solutions that should help!  I honestly believe the answer to this common problem starts with finding your motivation.  It may take trying a few things before you find it, but there is something that will motivate you to exercise, eat better, stay strong, active, and healthy!

Some people are motivated by participating on a team, or with a group of friends, or even their spouse .  If this is you, a great idea might be to sign up for the next available volleyball league or walking club. Many exceed here because they just don’t want to let their teammates down on game or workout nights, by not showing up. Even when that little voice says, let’s stay home, unwind and get comfortable on a recliner or couch and eat a heavy sugar, carb, or fat meal and watch television. Having someone counting on you, can motivate you to just show up!  And many times that’s all it takes...just showing up consistently, so you can get things done! That’s why having a Personal Trainer is such a good idea for so many! The reason we exercise doesn’t matter, as long as it motivates us to achieve our physical activity requirement several times per week consistently, while participating in a program, on a team, or exercising with someone else.

Folks there are so many reasons we should be exercising.  It is wonderful for staying healthy, keeping your independence, and losing unwanted fat. It can help lower blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.  I’ve seen it happen over and over again in my clients after participating in my exercise programs for any extended periods of time. Exercise even strengthens your bones, helps lower the risks for poor health, improves your metabolism, makes you feel better, and even helps your body deal with stress.  And believe it or not, everyone needs a little stress relief!  So fitness friends… more consistent balance of exercise, rest, hydration, and healthy nutrition is the answer for feeling and performing better, not less!

We all understand how good exercise is for us. But why do so many people not do it?  Well… some people may have had a bad experience with physical activity in the past, or maybe the fear of injury is a concern. Others may even be intimidated because of their physical appearance, or the fact they me be out of shape.  These are all understandable, but they are not good enough reasons to keep you from enjoying the active quality of life and improved health benefits you’ll receive and deserve with regular exercise. Here again, I truly believe the answer to the question above lies in our ability to find something that motivates us to participate.  Who knows... simply reading this article could motivate you to get started!

For many years now, gym memberships continue to increase and fitness centers are popping up on every corner, in every city. Why?  I think, because health is one of the most important issues in the world today!  Right now folks… 2020 is the time to take responsibility for the health of ourselves, loved ones, and friends!  Healthy nutrition and exercise will never become less important, so I encourage everyone to find a quality program, and get started trying to improve your health!  It all starts with eating right, taking your vitamins, drinking healthy fluids, and exercising! You can absolutely do this!

If you’re that person who wants to get started on an exercise and nutrition program, just set realistic goals. Tell yourself you are going to start exercising 20-30 minutes every other day, instead of thinking you are going to do an hour and a half six days a week!  Setting unrealistic goals will just make you feel overwhelmed, and encourage you to soon discontinue your program.

Also you need to go in with the idea you do not have to be perfect.  Go ahead and accept upfront there will be fitness setbacks, and or days you will have to miss workouts. By doing this you will be mentally prepared to deal with them, and be able to continue your program when it happens.  Everyone will get sick, or have conflicts, so when you miss, don’t let that be an excuse for giving up.  If you don’t like big gyms, hire a trainer, or do some walking around your neighborhood, or go to your local shopping mall.  And finally reward yourself for sticking with your exercise program.  Please understand that rewards are not to be unhealthy treats, but instead should be something like a new outfit several sizes smaller than your last purchase, maybe a mini vacation, or tickets to your favorite concert or event.  As you are enjoying these rewards it is a great idea to remind yourself that you are enjoying this treat because of the great things you have been doing for yourself!

Until next week, please make it a healthy and nutritious day!  To get started on a healthy weight loss and nutrition program contact Reggie at Reggie’s Personal Training and Nutrition, 104 E. Main, Downtown Shawnee.  Call (405) 613-0237, or send message on facebook @ reggies personal training & Nutrition, or email to

Reggie Grovey is a local 21-year fitness professional and nationally certified personal trainer and Advocare Nutrition independent distributor.