Stop Failing at Fitness with This Essential Guide to Getting Started
If you’re not a very active person, you might constantly beat yourself up about getting more active. Perhaps you’re not completely unfit, and you often walk places or take the stairs. However, you feel like you want to be stronger and more capable. It can be hard to know where to start if you want to start exercising or get back in to a fitness routine. There is a lot of information out there telling you how to get fit or lose weight, but you might not know where to begin. If you’re unsure, you should take your new fitness regime step by step. First, decide what sort of program you’re going to follow, and the rest will come after.
Understand Your Fitness Levels
Before you start doing anything, you should understand your fitness levels. You can test yourself to see how much you can do before you feel tired or out of breath. You can measure things such as your pulse rate, how many repetitions you can do of an exercise, or how long it takes you to run or walk a mile. There are some circumstances when you might want to do this under medical supervision, or with a personal trainer. If you are very overweight, or you have a heart or respiratory condition, you need to be careful. Once you have your baseline, you’ll have something against which to measure your progress.
Set a Goal
Once you know what you’re capable of, you should think about setting a goal. In fact, you might want to work toward more than one goal. Think about what you would like to achieve regarding your health and fitness. Do you want to lose weight? Perhaps you want to be able to run a certain distance. It can help if you are able to choose a date to aim for. For example, you could sign up for an event for which you will need to be fit. Without any goals, it’s going to be harder to motivate yourself.
Find a Fitness Program
You have several options if you want to start a new fitness regime. One of them is to find a ready-made fitness program you can follow. Many people find this the easiest option, as they can be great value. You don’t have to put in a lot of effort to create rules for yourself. All you need to do is follow the instructions. Some of the best programs, such as the 21 Day Fix help you with both your diet and your fitness levels. It can be complicated to work out a diet that gives you the energy you need, and perhaps helps you lose weight too. It’s much easier just to follow a plan that’s already there for you.
Create Your Own Program
Another option is to build your own fitness program. You might not like the look of any of the DVDs and other products you have seen. Plus, they cost money, when you could try to create a program for free. When you create your program, keep your goals in mind. You need to design a fitness regime that will help you make progress. Try to keep it balanced so you get to enjoy different types of exercise. For example, one day you might work on cardio exercises and another day you might work on strength. At the same time, you can work on creating a balanced diet. Ensuring you get the right food for your goals will help you reach them.
Find a Personal Trainer
If you don’t feel like you can make it on your own, getting a personal trainer is also a great choice. You can have someone train you in person or look for someone who offers online coaching. Of course, you still need to take some degree of responsibility. However, it can be very helpful to have someone holding you to account. They can hold your hand a little but also give you a talking to when you need it. It gives you a middle ground between picking a ready-made fitness program and creating your own. You can work with your personal trainer to create a program that works for you.
Get Your Timing Right
One of the most important parts of starting a new fitness regime is your timing. Firstly, you have to start it at the right time. It can be hard to find the right time to do it without putting it off with excuses. There are times when it wouldn’t be a good idea to start because you would be setting yourself up for failure. But you don’t want to keep avoiding it because you feel like you have no time. Try not start your new routine when you have lots of other things going on. However, don’t convince yourself that you will never find the time either. When you do get started, be realistic about how often you can exercise and for how long. Are you really going to be able to do workout every single day? And don’t fret if you can’t do an hour long or even thirty minutes, you can get a great workout in as little as twelve to fifteen minutes if you push yourself hard.
Prepare Everything You Need
Starting a new fitness regime is a great excuse to buy some new things. It can help you to get excited about your goals. There are several things that could be useful to get you started. Firstly, think about what you need for your workouts. You might decide you’re going to go to a gym, in which case you will need a membership. If you want to exercise at home, what equipment might you need? Treating yourself to some new outfits to work out in is a great idea too. Make sure you have clothes that are appropriate to the exercise you want to do. You’ll need comfortable clothes for yoga and decent shoes for running.
Once you get started, the essential thing is to stay motivated. You might start off well and slowly trail off until you give up. Keep your mind on your goals so you can continue to aim for them. Find out what motivates you to keep going, whether it’s rewarding yourself or exercising with friends.
Stick to your new fitness regime by planning everything perfectly before you begin. You’ll have more success if you’re well-prepared.
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is currently teaching yoga with Peloton. She is the star of over 100 videos, seen in several magazines and tv shows and is a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!