7 Tips to help you start your fitness journey
At the beginning of the year, you most likely made plans to kickstart your fitness journey to help you achieve your desired body type, build strength, or improve your overall health. You were inspired and motivated by the New Year spirit. Now, you are just not as inspired, you’re overwhelmed with too much information from the internet, or you are unable to carve out time from your busy schedules. Watching rigorous fitness exercise videos promising you would lose weight in 7 days aren’t very helpful either.
Whatever the case may be, like most journeys you would embark on, starting and being committed to the process is usually the hardest part. With these 7 tips, you’ll have a guideline to follow which will make your fitness journey less stressful and more exciting.
1. Set realistic and specific fitness goals
Most fitness goals are usually long-term and generic rather than short-term more actionable goals. Your fitness goal may be to lose weight, to size down, to gain more upper body strength, become healthier, and so on. While it’s important to have an end goal in mind, those goals could easily fall through if not broken down. A more realistic goal could be: To jog for 5 minutes every morning. Most importantly your goals should be tailored to your needs, what works for your favourite fitness trainer on YouTube or Instagram may not exactly work for you.
2. Find Out What Works For You
As a beginner, there are many exercise options to choose from: Be it running, jogging, lifting weight, cycling, stretching, aerobics, the list is endless. Knowing the right ones to do may seem daunting at first. The best way to find out what type of exercise works best for you is to experiment, there is no harm in trying. You may even combine various forms of exercise for better results.
3. Start With a Simple Routine
There is no need to put pressure on yourself by lifting weight from Day 1. If you have never worked out before, you can easily be intimidated by watching fitness professionals. The key is to start small by stretching or doing 10 squats per day. Over time, you can build on these to a more advanced routine. Remember, a little progress goes a long way.
4. Invest in The Right Fits and Equipment
Find a pair of comfy shoes and workout fits that are just right for you. There are several brands you can choose from such as Nike, Adidas, Puma, Reebok, and many more. You can take your fitness experience further by buying some basic gym equipment in your home like an exercise mat, a jump rope, some dumbbells, etc.
5. Hire a Personal Trainer
At some point, if you’re stuck in your fitness journey, hiring a personal trainer is a good choice. Although not compulsory, personal trainers can help you come up with a routine that aligns with your fitness goals. They understand your strengths and weaknesses, they can advise and recommend fitness tips. Also, they help to motivate you and push you to unlock your full potential while training.
6. Build a Support Group
You can easily ditch your fitness goal without the right people supporting you and cheering you on. Having a group of fitness enthusiasts like yourself who are also interested in starting their fitness journey is great. You can hold one another accountable for your progress over time. Working out can be so much fun when you have a workout partner or partners.
7. Have a Meal Plan
Fitness isn’t restricted to only working out. To fuel your workout, you need to give your body the right nutrients, at the right time, and, in the correct proportion. To achieve this, you need a proper meal plan. Not sure how to go about having a meal plan? Check out our meal plan.
In conclusion, starting your workout routine shouldn’t feel like a chore. It should be something you actually enjoy doing and look forward to. You should modify your routine as many times as possible until you feel confident that it’s right for you.