Have you ever looked at the mirror and said to yourself, “Dammit, I’m going to get in shape!”
...But then you were like – HOW?
It’s okay; we’ve all been there!
Now, this might be the first, seventh, or the sixteenth time you have tried to lose weight and get healthy. But today’s the first day of the rest of your existence! So let’s get started.
Do not try to lose a lot of weight as soon as you begin exercising and eating healthy. You should be changing your daily life gradually. Think of it as doing a bit of exercise every few hours, instead of an all out 2 hour session (which you won't stick too).
Aim to move as much as possible throughout the whole day, rather than sitting all day at work and exercising afterward. Set realistic, achievable, and short-term goals to get your body moving more.
Schedule Your Workouts In
Be sure your daily workouts fit into your daily schedule with ease, so that you can complete them no matter what. Also, figure out the best time of the day to exercise based on your energy levels. If you hate morning exercise - don't do it!
Just Do It
As a beginner, you need to build the habit. So sometimes you will need the self discipline to just do it! Set out your workout clothes and equipment the day before you go to the gym, have your pre or post workout food prepped, just get in your car and go. Sometimes the hardest part is just getting there!
Find a Buddy
An excellent way to keep the commitment and make workouts more fun is to do them with a friend. Just make sure your buddy is on the same fitness level as you. That way, you will not feel you’re holding her or him back, and you’ll get the right level of workout.
Get a Coach
It helps A LOT to have someone who knows what she or he is talking about and lead you through the process of getting fit and help you over any hurdles in the process. Also, if you’re paying for their services, you are absolutely more likely to stick to the plan.
Begin with Cardio
Your first priority should be improving your metabolic conditioning or what most people think of as "fitness." Get used to increasing your heart rate with full body exercises using lighter weights, body-weight movements, running, rowing and skipping. Your next priorities will be flexibility training and strength training.
Plan in Advance
Before exercising, plan precisely what you will be doing beforehand. For instance, you’re at the gym, and you’ve finished jogging and now you're staring at the equipment with no clue what to do. Now, this can make for an excuse to cut the workout short and go home. So make a to-do list, a commit to every activity.
Determination is crucial, but without patience, you will not go very far. Studies show that it takes most people an average of about six weeks to truly solidify workouts into their routines.
So remember, patience, determination, and consistency will get you there much sooner than you think!
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