It's the season again, when new beginnings are announced. Many people go with resolutions and good intentions into January, especially those of fitness variety. In fact, the beginning can often be the biggest hurdle.
Despite the good intentions of getting up early or going to the gym after work, instead of having a drink with friends or just coming home to ask on TV. can prevent some people from attaining these goals . For others, the fear of jumping into a brand new environment leads to hesitation and inactivity.
I understand that entering an unknown gym, maneuvering foreign fitness equipment, and keeping the consequences constant can all seem daunting. But we know that fitness can become an integral part of your life and can bring endless benefits – benefits that can only be experienced when there is some consequence in your daily life.
Clients often ask me, "When will training be easier?" and "When does my fitness routine become second nature?" The answer to these questions is generally as soon as it becomes a habit. Once you get used to an active lifestyle, it will feel less and less stressful and you even feel like you are something you can not live without.
It's impossible to know how long that will take. What is certain, however, is that the first step actually begins. Well, without further ado, here are my top seven tips for doing just that. I promise, it's worth it.
. 1 Choose an official start date.
Look at your calendar and select a date to work on. Your date should be at least three days away, preferably at least one week. That way, you'll have enough time to put everything in line before your launch date (more to prepare later). Schedule it on your calendar as if you were scheduling a medical appointment or a work meeting. Creating a concrete plan is a good and easy way to mentally prepare and prepare for the upcoming behavioral change.
. 2 Spend some time figuring out why you want to start training.
Without a few healthy reasons for your fitness activities, you might find your enthusiasm for the short-lived exercise. Try to choose a reason that will last for a long time. If our goals involve a change of body for a particular event or season, it is difficult to stay motivated even after that time.
Some things you should ask yourself: what do you want to come out or your new routine? Which results do you want to see? Take some time to make a list of your goals and intentions so that the process has a tangible result that will make you come closer every day to your goal.
. 3 Make a list of things you need for your first workout.
Did you hear the saying, "Do not plan, plan, fail"? Well, there is something true about it. Preparation is a key element to the longevity of fitness and is especially important in the beginning. If we feel ill prepared, it will be harder to train, and often this can lead to a total ban on the gym and our goals.
When we think about getting started in a workout routine, we see how we sweat in the gym or maybe run in our neighborhood. What we are not thinking about too much is the sneakers and the sports bra that we will wear, what we will do with our keys and wallet, whether we need water before, during or after the wash. These are the little details that you can work out in minutes, but you're more likely to achieve your training goals.
Before You Begin Your New Routine, Check What You Have and What Helps You Feel More Prepared for Your Start Date Do you need new shoes or are they enough? Do you have a water bottle? Have you shopped and decided which members or classes to buy? How about your schedule? Did you take the time to do your scheduled workouts? If you prepare in time, you can prepare for success.
. 4 Imagine what your new routine will look like and how you will feel.
Visualization is a great mental technique for that relieves uncertainty and anxiety from something new. It is a tool to teach elite coach Olympia and professional athletes, and it can also be useful for fitness enthusiasts in everyday life.
When you take the time to imagine what a situation looks and feels like, you can prepare yourself mentally for what is to come. So when you actually do this activity, go to a gym and lift weights for about 30 minutes, it feels less scary because you've already "seen" yourself once you've made it successful.
. 5 Plan your training the way you feel most motivated and motivated.
Some people love early morning exercise and look forward to starting exercise every day. Others fear getting out of bed and do not feel they can perform well until later in the day. Some people are motivated by intense group classes, while others prefer to go to the gym at their own time to work at their own pace.
We are all different, but for everyone, it is so much. It is harder to feel motivated in a situation where you do not feel energetic or inspired. Determining the times of the day and the types of exercises that will upset you most can help you achieve the best results.
. 6 Create a responsibility system.
Find out what you think honestly. For some people it is that they work with a friend or a colleague, so they have a special reason not to miss a workout. For others, a reward system is set up to provide them with something they would not otherwise do after a month of constant workouts. For others, it is easy to track workouts in an app or to work in writing. Find out which one is best for you and use this system.
. 7 Renew what it means to be successful.
Celebrating your achievements can go a long way and motivate you, especially at the beginning. Even acknowledging that the launch is an achievement in and of itself can be a boost to keep going.
Whatever you do, do not wait until you have achieved all the goals you have set to celebrate your achievements. It's worth it every time you make a decision that is consistent with your goal. Do not give up on a festive selfie, do not pat your back or some kind words from you just because you need to see or feel the results you hope for. The decision to stay with your commitment is the consummation.
Remember: Small steps lead to sustainable change. Be proud of everyone you take.
Louise Green is a plus-size trainer, founder of the Body Exchange fitness program and author of Big Fit Girl: Embrace the body you have. Follow: Instagram @LouiseGreen_BigFitGirl Twitter @Bigfitgirl Facebook @ louisegreen.bigfitgirl