That long-awaited day has finally come! You’ve looked in the mirror discouraged at what you’ve allowed yourself to become for the last time, and finally decided it’s time to get in shape. And not just for your forthcoming class reunion, but for the long haul!
Coming to this epiphany is about the best gift you could ever give yourself. The only problem is, you’ve never stepped foot in a gym in your life and you have no idea where to even begin. Well, that’s not really BAD news. REAL bad news is being told you only have minutes to live by your doctor.
All you have to do is take a few key tips into consideration and you’ll be good to go. You may not get svelte in a matter of days, but having a goal that advantageous is pure fantasy anyway. Always focus on slow and steady progress.
And with that, here is a batch of more in-depth tips to lead you in the right direction.
1. Write down your goals.
Yes, you need to go through this arduous task. Well, if you want to achieve success you do. You can make that decision on your own.
Seriously though, if you have definite goals written out that you can see and refer to every day, you will have such an easier time getting into shape. Use them as guides to follow and be as precise as possible.
Don’t just say, “I want to work out four days a week.” List the exact days, times, duration and location of these workouts. Here is a good example of a goal. “I am going to run at the park for 60 minutes Tuesday morning at 6 am.”
You have all the critical elements you need and there is nothing left to chance. Follow suit with a series of goals that will get you to a point that you want to be. Speaking of which, write that down too.
It is important to know where you are going as well as where you are starting. Your end goal can be to lose 25 lbs., have enough energy during the day that you don’t need to take a nap and to be completely off alcohol. Call that your wellness vision and write it down as your grand, end goal.
Any time you feel like slacking off or reaching for a pint of beer, read that goal out loud and use it as a motivator to stay on track.
2. Find a support system.
A support system can be one or more people. He or they are used for the accountability factor. Recite to them what you are doing and have them hold you accountable for all of your actions—both good and bad.
This should be someone you trust and who will have your back in times of desperation. A best-case scenario would be to take it one step further and saddle up with someone who is looking to achieve the same goals as you. It would then be seamless, and you can hold each other to your prospective commitments.
3. Take pictures on the reg.
Tracking your progress is critical. And one of the best ways to do this is by taking pictures of yourself on a regular basis. The best course of action is to take them every four weeks.
This is a long enough amount of time to see progress and short enough amount of time to have a sense of urgency to get with the program. Simply put, it’s another way to motivate yourself because you’re not going to want to look exactly the same in consecutive pictures.
That would indicate that you made no progress and you could end up frustrated.
4. Hire a personal trainer.
There’s nothing wrong with getting workouts or exercises from YouTube. But there is something wrong with doing them incorrectly. And sadly, that’s more often the norm than the exception.
Since you ARE new to fitness, it is much more in your best interest to deploy the services of someone who does know what they are doing. That would be a certified personal trainer.
Even if you do find a program online that you like, it is still a good idea to work with a trainer. At least at the onset of your regimen. What you think is good form, might actually be an atrocity. Sorry, but it’s true. Then you risk getting injured. You won’t burn too many calories if you’re lying on your couch with a heating pad strapped to your hammie!
And you should also have your trainer take some measurements and have them checked every four weeks to coincide with your pictures. Then there will be no question about the progress you are making, regardless if it is to build muscle, lose weight or just tighten up the saddle bags.
Now you are equipped with some good tips to take your efforts to the next level. Regardless if you work out from home or at a gym, they still apply. The only thing left to do is dig deep, get started and do not let anything or anyone stop you from achieving your best self. If you are ready, then go get it!