So you’ve decided you want to make some healthy lifestyle changes? Great! Arriving at this point can be the scariest part, and knowing where to start when it comes to fitness can be a minefield.
Whatever your fitness journey motivation, it’s important that you start on the right foot. With guidance, you’ll go from strength to strength. Read on for our 5 best tips on starting your fitness journey.
1: Intention and Commitment
If you’ve decided that you want to make some lifestyle changes, you need to be clear on what it is that motivates you. What are you intending to achieve? How did you arrive at this point?
Knowing your personal motivators will be crucial when you encounter challenges on your journey. Maybe create a vision board of your goals to keep you focused when times get tough.
It’s also important that you make a commitment to yourself. You have realized that you are worth this change, and ‘future you’ will reap the benefits of your commitment.
2: Start Small
With your new-found enthusiasm, you could be forgiven for rushing to the weights rack. Although you’ll be keen to see results quickly, it’s important that you don’t go in too hard straight away. Your body won’t be used to intense levels of exercise, so will need time to recover between workouts.
If your routine is too tough, it won’t be sustainable and you’re less likely to keep it up. It’s much better to start small and then build up over time. Everyone’s a beginner at some point, so you’ll have to leave your ego at the door!
3: Get Support on Your Fitness Journey
If you’re not sure where to start when you step into a gym, it’s best to get some professional support. A personal trainer will be able to help put a fitness program together for you, based on your goals and fitness levels.
They will also be able to show you how to exercise safely - the last thing you need is an injury when you’re raring to go! Consider this an investment in yourself, at least in the early stages of your journey.
4: Fuel Your Body
Starting an exercise plan is all well and good, but what you’re putting into your body is just as important. You’ll need the right fuel to compliment your routine - burgers and cookies aren’t always going to cut it!
This doesn’t mean that you have to count every calorie or chug down protein shakes. It’s about balance - eating unprocessed, whole foods will compliment your new lifestyle and give you the energy you need to tackle your workouts.
5: Rest and Recover
It’s common for a fitness newbie to get swept up in their new-found endorphins. You might find yourself wanting to spend each day pumping iron, but this could be detrimental long-term.
R&R time will enable your muscles to heal and grow between workouts. You’re also not going to be on peak performance if you’re tired or run down. Make sure that you factor in rest days and get good quality sleep to support your fitness journey.
So there you have it. Follow these 5 tips and you’re guaranteed to start your fitness journey off on the right foot. What are you waiting for?
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