The starting point in any fitness journey is always scary and can be very difficult, now you’ve made the decision, the only way is up! Fitness is all about commitment, routine, and self-discipline. So many people think that they need a personal trainer to get any results, and it’s simply not true. Whether you go to the gym or train at home, the results you get will reflect the work you put in. Health and well-being are so important, and can really change your mindset, so we have put together a few tips to help you start to get fit.
1- Make a Commitment
You’ve made the decision to get fit, and now you need to stick to that decision and make the right changes. If you are not 100% committed, then you are not like to reach your goals. You may have a busy week, a stressful time, or you may just feel tired. None of these things should be a reason for you to stop. If you want to get fit, then you need to stop making excuses.
2- Vision Board
Having a board full of motivational pictures and quotes can be more effective than you think. That doesn’t mean you should print out photos of the ‘perfect’ body; you should use anything that inspires you. Think about why you are starting this fitness journey, and put the reasons on the board.
3- Don’t Run Before You Can Walk
There is nothing wrong with ambition, but if you haven’t been to the gym in a while, or haven’t engaged in exercise, then start with the basics. Let’s use planking as an example. Start planking for 15 seconds, then try 20 the next day, and build the time up at your own pace. The more often you do something, the easier you will find it.
4- Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself
There will be days where something unexpected happens, like sleeping through your alarm or finishing work late. Don’t panic yourself if you can’t fit in your usual exercise regime; just do something different. Something is always better than nothing, even if it means a 10-minute workout, instead of 30.
5- Don’t Focus Too Much On Your Weight
Your target may be about losing body fat, but this doesn’t mean your focus should not be about your weight. Although you will lose weight and body fat, you will also gain muscle. You can buy scales that tell you what percentage of body fat you have, and what your muscle mass is; these are highly recommended. Taking progress photos is also a great idea, as they will show how your body is changing, and they are really motivational.