There is so much to know when you’re first starting out on a new fitness routine. But before you even step foot in a gym, there are 10 decisions you need to make.
1. What You Want
Do you want to lose weight? Build muscle? Get healthier?
You need to know exactly what you want to accomplish from your workout plan. Having your goals down on paper will help guide your program when you do get started.
2. Start Slow
If you want to stay consistent with your program, you should start slowly. Try going to the gym a couple times a week, for at least 30 minutes. Not only does this help you establish a routine, it gives your body a chance to recover.
3. Find a Support Network
Do you have friends who go to the gym? Is there a class with the people who have the same goals as you? Finding people who will support you on your quest to better health can act as motivation to sticking with your plan.
4. Do Something You Like
There is nothing worse than doing an exercise you hate. It’s one of the easiest ways to ruin a good workout. Choosing activities you like to do, could go a long way to helping you stick with your workout plan.
5. Accept Setbacks
Setbacks are going to happen. But you can’t let them stop you from the goals you’ve set in place. You need to keep going forward—and be persistent. There is a lot you can learn from setbacks, and the drive and motivation you have to keep going.
6. Don’t Skip the Warm Up (or cooldown)
Although they may seem insignificant, never skip your warm up or cooldown. Warming up prevents injuries, and the cooldown is ideal for lowering your heart rate, and improving your flexibility. Spend adequate time for these two phases of your workout.
7. No Comparing To Others
Everyone is on their own fitness journey. And you can’t expect to be where everyone else is. Comparing yourself to others could also tank your motivation by creating negative self-talk. Instead of comparing, use them as motivation to get better and keep pushing forward.
8. Don’t Expect Results Immediately
You won’t see results right away. It takes time, persistence, and dedication to your plan. Give it time, and the results will come.
9. Leave Your Excuses At The Door
There are plenty of things that could distract you from your goals. But you can’t let excuses ruin your progress. Packing your gym bag the night before and prepping your meals on the weekends are great ways to eliminate excuses that often cause you to put off your plan.
10. Be Grateful
You’re healthy…you’re making changes…or you lost a couple pounds. Celebrate the small things, and be grateful that you made another workout…or took a small step forward.
As a beginner, you may not know where to start on your fitness journey. But following these 10 tips will get you started in the right direction.
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