Learn tips that will help you when setting a fitness and nutrition plan, whether or not you may want to hire a fitness and nutrition coach, and snag a helpful nutrition and fitness programs printable. All of that, and more, is right here! 🙂
It really seems like fitness and nutrition should be simple concepts. However, as soon as you scratch the surface, you realize that isn’t the case—at all. In fact, setting a fitness and nutrition plan can feel more complicated than doing your taxes! Here are some tips, printables, and other resources that may help.
How to Set a Fitness and Nutrition Plan
Nutrition and fitness programs will vary from person to person. Everyone is different, both in terms of what they want to get out of a program and what their body needs in order to thrive. However, here are five things everyone should keep in mind when setting off on a health and fitness journey!
1. Set a goal; better yet, make it a SMART fitness goal. You need to know where you want to end up … otherwise it’s like driving around with no destination in mind.
2. Consider talking to your doctor. If you have previous or current health conditions or psychological conditions, such as an eating disorder, it’s extremely important that you consult a physician when creating a nutrition and fitness program. Safety first!
3. Start slow and build. A lot of us have an “all-or-nothing” mindset; we think we need to give 110% right out of the gate. If you’ve never worked out before or you’ve taken a long time off, trying to work out seven days a week for hours at a time is a good way to get injured! This tip also applies to how you approach your diet and nutrition!
If your fitness and nutrition plan includes a super restrictive diet that is overly complicated, there’s a good chance you’ll fall off the wagon, so to speak. Be gentle with yourself; give yourself some grace, especially when you first start out.
4. Check your mindset. Mindset is definitely an important component in all nutrition and fitness programs. Here are some printables that may be able to put you in a good frame of mind and boost your confidence:
- Printable Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset Activity
- Printable How to Develop a Growth Mindset For Kids and Adults Activity
- 4 Free Printable Self Esteem Worksheets
5. Have a written fitness and nutrition plan. (The printable below can help you with this.) Writing something down will help it stick in your mind, and it can also increase your feelings of accountability, meaning you will be more likely to follow through with the plan.
Fitness and Nutrition Plan Printable Template
This fitness and nutrition plan printable template can be a great way to document both your workout/fitness and nutrition plans. It offers space for you to write down your food, water, and exercise for all seven days of the week. When it comes to food, you could write down specifically what you plan to eat each day or a simple calorie allotment for each meal, whichever works best for you.
Combine this printable with the full health and fitness journal (keep reading for more) to create a comprehensive fitness and nutrition plan!
Should You Get a Fitness and Nutrition Coach?
If you’re just getting started with health and fitness and feel like you need some extra motivation, you may be thinking about getting a fitness and nutrition coach. That’s definitely an option, and and thanks to technology, you don’t even have to look for a “fitness and nutrition coach near me!” In other words, you can work with a professional remotely, from the comfort of your home.
Here are some pros to hiring a fitness and nutrition coach:
- You may find it more motivating than trying to eat well or workout by yourself. Having someone encouraging you and praising your efforts can keep you going when the going gets tough!
- You won’t have to figure it out alone. Again, even with the help of the best books on nutrition and fitness, this area is confusing, so having an expert basically hold your hand can be super helpful.
- You’ll get a personalized fitness and nutrition plan. Even the best books on nutrition and fitness are written for the masses, and as mentioned at the beginning of this post, everyone is different.
- You’ll have someone to hold you accountable other than yourself, which will help increase your chances of reaching your goal. According to the American Psychological Association, “Your chances of success are even more likely if you report your progress publicly or physically record it.”
Here are some cons to hiring a fitness and nutrition coach:
- It can get expensive.
- It may not be as flexible as you’d like. If you’re working with a fitness and nutrition coach, especially in person, you’ll have strict times you’re supposed to meet and that may not mesh well with your busy schedule.
- It may not be a good personality match. Let’s face it, you aren’t going to become besties with everyone you meet. If you’ve signed up with a coach you don’t have an open, good relationship with, how will that impact your journey?
- You might become too reliant on a fitness and nutrition coach to do things for you. It’s important that you learn how to support your own health and fitness so that you can maintain your success in the long term.
Health and Fitness Journal
The fitness and nutrition plan printable is part of the fitness journal template printables, available in the shop. The journal also includes:
- Printable Weekly Workout Schedule for Men and Women Template
- Inspirational Fitness Quotes Printables
- Weight Loss Plan
- SMART Fitness Goals: Examples & Printable Template
- Fitness Tracker Printable
- Female Printable Body Measurement Chart
- Printable Intermittent Fasting Schedule
- Free Weight Loss Chart Printable
- Free Weight Loss Programs That Really Work