Beginning anything is difficult. We often don’t know where to start and feel super overwhelmed. Whether this is your first time beginning a program or you’ve taken some time away from the gym, these tips are here to guide you.
- Adopt a “Beginner’s Mindset”:
- Clear your brain of all doubts, limiting expectations, and assumptions and get curious. Oftentimes we are embarrassed of being bad at something we’ve just started. Let that go! Find workouts that peak your interest, read about them and find out why they might be helpful to you.
- Identify your “why”:
- Why are you beginning this journey? Having a definitive “why” will help you when motivation isn’t there and you need something to restart your fire.
- Assess your current fitness levels what your goals are:
- This could look like keeping track of how long it takes you to walk or run a mile, counting your daily steps, or measuring water intake. Just try to find your starting point and look forward to what you want to achieve. Is it to run a mile in 9 minutes? Drink more water? Whatever it is, make it measurable!
- Find a program:
- There are so many programs out there, so do your research and find one that is tailored to your needs. Here is a link to some of the ones I’ve created for the gym and home. I also recommend working with a personal trainer who can help you curate a program for your needs
- Focus on form:
- There are so many books and guides on proper form, so start reading on how to work out safely! One of the main reasons I recommend hiring a personal trainer is to have someone to teach you form and check in with you.
- Invest in equipment/gym membership:
- Whether it’s an at home program or one done in the gym, go out and get what equipment you need. This will hold you more accountable than if you try to get by without the essentials. You’ve already invested time and $$!
- Start slowly but CONSISTENTLY:
- Don’t fall into the trap of doing too much too soon. Work with your current skillset but also push yourself. Establish a schedule of working days and rest days that you can stick to. CONSISTENCY is key!
- Incorporate fun activities as well as rest days:
- This will help give your body time to recover and actually keeps you from plateauing on your fitness journey!
- Track Progres:
- This can be by measurements, an increase in daily steps, how much weight you’re lifting, or even by your daily water intake. It’s important to celebrate your wins.
Coming up with an action plan makes new endeavors so much more attainable and manageable. With this guide, hopefully you feel more comfortable beginning this journey and move past the fear of getting started. I believe in you!