I’ve been into fitness and being active since I was a kid, always outside, or wanting to play some kind of sport, but actually going on a fitness journey, that was something completely different. It was a complete lifestyle change, and its worth every moment. I not only look better, but feel great too. I have way more energy that when I was stuffing myself with fatty foods. I’m more alert, focused, and my stress levels are kept at a low. I love my fitness journey, and I want you to love yours too! Here are my five tips to help you get started.
Tip #1: Make the Decision
Starting a fitness journey is a lifestyle change, and you have to be ready for it. I mean really ready. It takes giving up your old ways of eating, pushing things aside to make time for workouts. Not being afraid to admit that you need help or guidance. Its a decision that lasts a lifetime, not a couple weeks or a month or so.
Tip #2: Set a Goal
Okay, so you made the decision (I am very proud), but now what? You need to set a goal, do you want to lose weight? Put on some weight? Build muscle mass? Tone? Build muscle strength or endurance? Become more flexible? Train for a marathon? Your fitness goal will change how you workout, eat, and train. My first goal was to put on weight because I was so small. When I reached that goal, I set another. What do you want to achieve?
Tip #3: Make a Plan
Great so you made the decision, set the goal, and now its time to make that wishful thinking a reality with a plan. Every fitness journey should start with exercise and clean eating. If you haven’t already, join a gym, take a few classes, get your feet wet. Find a few resources (like this website ^_^) and others like Daily Burn and Nike Training Club that can help you with workouts and food facts.
Tip 4: Be Consistent
You have your plan in motion, but if you don’t stick to it, then what good is it going to do for you? So many of my friends and people I talk to want to go all out in the beginning, working out 5 or 6 days a week. However, once the excitement of doing something new leaves, they burn out, and quit. Start smaller, and then build. You may be exercising 3 times a week for 30 – 45 minutes each session. You will see results if you stick to that consistently as opposed to planning for more sessions and constantly skipping them.
Tip 5: Keep Track, Don’t Quit
One of the best ways that I stayed motivated through my journey was through progress pictures. The beginning of my journey was hard, results weren’t coming in fast enough, I was tired, too busy, and still working out the kinks, but I couldn’t let myself quit. I looked at myself so much in the mirror, it was hard to notice progress, but when I would compare pictures side by side after a couple months work, I did notice a change, and it kept me going. Your fitness journey may be hard, a struggle, but please, don’t quit! In the end, you’ll be so happy you didn’t!
It takes 3 months to see a change, just 12 weeks. You can do it!