If you’ve finally set a goal to start hitting the gym but have no idea where to start or has enjoyed getting fit before but need to be re-introduced to the basics to stay responsible, then this is a must read for you. Here are some advices you can take into consideration if you’re planning to dive into the delightful fitness world for the first time.
HAVE A PLAN
Plan out when you’re going to the gym and don not just talk about when you’re going to start. You can jot down the time you will allot to the gym into your planner and make it a priority to follow through, just as you would for an important task or meeting with a client. Once you’ve set up a routing, you will rely less on motivation and more on habit to get you going.
Start by taking it slow and go to the gym at least three to four times a week. A good plan is to set it every Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with a bonus option to go on weekends.
SET UP GOALS YOU CAN ACHIEVE WITH BABY STEPS
It can be really overwhelming when starting a new fitness plan or program. There is a need to challenge yourself but at the same time you don’t want to set high hopes with numbers and end up disappointed that you did not measure up.
Losing weight and getting fit do not happen with a snap of a finger. So make sure to set up small and realistic goals that you can follow each week.
One of your goals can be going to the gym consistently each week. If five weeks is not ideal for you, then start with three and work really hard on those three workout sessions. If it’s hard for you to finish a 30 minute cardio session then push for 15 or 20 minutes. Each day you will get stronger and your endurance will start to increase.
THE IMPORTANCE OF PLANNING YOUR NUTRITION
Your nutrition is just as important as working out. Whenever possible, try to eat whole foods and stick to it and make sure to eat a good amount of proteins, healthy fast and complex carbs in your diets. In addition, try to include more fresh fruits and vegetables in every meal.
If your goal is to lose weight and stay healthy, you will not get anywhere if you will turn to high fat and foods that are low and dense in nutrients. You will end up feeling like you’ve taken one step forward but took two steps backwards. Try to learn to create lighter versions of your dishes to avoid the struggle, and also avoid eating foods with high calories when dining out.
DO CARDIO EXERCISES
Increase both your endurance and stamina by doing cardio exercises as well as trim excess body fats. You can do at least 20 minutes a day on your choice of exercise machines such as treadmill and stationary bike, which can make a huge difference.