Thirty-three percent, that’s one-third of New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight or become fit. Being a fitness trainer and professional I witness this every year. People ready to turn over a new leaf and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Some are fortunate enough to be able to hire a fitness professional, such as myself, to help them get started. However, for those without the guidance of a certified trainer, it can be very difficult and frustrating when you aren’t sure what to do.
Developing and beginning a workout routine is more challenging than most people realize, which is why so many people fall short of their goals. There are some tips that I’d like to share with you on how to get started with a workout routine. Hopefully they will help to ensure that you stay on the right track, and continue to be motivated.
Research gyms in your area and join one. It’s crucial to have a gym membership when first getting started if you don’t already have one. Gyms place you into a world that will surround you with knowledgeable and experienced people that you need regarding exercise. Find a good local gym that you can be comfortable in, and get to know people. Observe gym-goers that look like they know what they’re doing, and ask questions if you’re unsure. This is a resource that I can’t emphasize enough. The majority of the knowledge you will learn about exercising will come from others at the gym.
Get a workout partner that is in better shape than you! Not to seem harsh, but when you’re first getting started in a workout routine, it needs to be about you, and you alone. Getting a workout partner who is in better shape will help keep you motivated, pushing yourself because there is now some accountability and expectations.
Make sure you’re doing some kind of exercise most days of the week. General rule of thumb is to exercise more days of the week than not. This means you need to commit to doing at least 4 days/week of exercise for 1 hour, no matter what. Having a workout partner and a set workout schedule with them will help to ensure you’re putting in the days every week.
Mix up your workouts and try new things by doing different types of exercises. A good exercise program should consist of stretching, resistance strength training, cardiovascular training, core/stability training, and power movements. That’s a pretty broad range of exercises to incorporate. My suggestion to you is to try to make all of them part of your workouts, but focus mainly on the types of exercise that you enjoy doing. For example, if you prefer to go jogging outside instead of running on a treadmill or using cardio machines, then go outdoors for a couple of your workouts every week like myself.
Set small, realistic goals that you know you can achieve, and then set more. Probably the hardest thing when first starting out is staying motivated. I’ve seen so many people fall short of their goal because they set expectations too high for themselves too quickly. By setting small, short term goals you’ll feel more gratified with your results, and more likely to continue to push yourself. Once you’ve reached your small goal, set another that’s slightly more challenging.
There’s nothing more challenging on the mind and body than trying to transform it into a healthier, fit version. Hopefully these tips will make it a little bit easier and more clear for you to reach your health and fitness goals this New Year.
Have a question or comment regarding your fitness goals this New Year? You can post them on the Flexcin blog, or send them to me personally by email: healthadvice@Flexcin.com. Good luck with your future health!
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