Typically this type of article is written right around New Year’s because that is when people often make a resolution to start a fitness program. Well you know what? Anytime is a good time to start working out! But how do you begin? What are the best ways to get started versus ways that fail? Those are good questions that deserve answers!
Why are you here?
The very first thing you need to do is decide how serious you really are about your goal. Far too many people aren’t truly honest with themselves. They might say they want to lose a few pounds but then fail to think about exactly how much work it will be. They spend a little money for a token effort and then give up. So what do you want to do?
Working out can be fun and rewarding but it is still work; thus why ‘work’ is part of the name. You need to be mentally prepared and willing to give up time and put forth effort to reach your goal. It is well worth it, but honestly if you are not going to give it a real go then just stop reading and plop back down on the couch.
Still here? Good because you are only blessed with one body and one life in this world so it makes sense to make the most of what you have.
Join a gym. You might think workout out at home would be better but it isn’t and there are a lot of reasons why. In a nutshell a gym has:
- Better equipment
- More options
- Trained professionals
While you can buy things for your home to workout with, that can get very expensive. Also it can be hard to stay motivated to workout at home. That is why you always see treadmills and stationary bikes for sale at garage sales. You can’t go to the gym and then just watch TV. Also regular classes give the opportunity to join something at a specific time and place with other people to keep motivation up.
Find a schedule that works. A lot of people get very gung-ho at first and have expectations of working out all the time. But then they realize they aren’t getting other things done in their life so they cut back and then quit. Instead of going overboard initially, find a specific amount of time you can spend at the gym. Try and dedicate yourself to 4 sessions a week to start. If that is manageable and you are having fun, then increase it by a session.
Be consistent with your effort. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was any good looking body. It takes time to get to your goal and you can get there if you put in the time week after week. Too many people get impatient and quit. But staying the course leads to a much healthier and happier life.
Educate yourself. In your spare time learn more about this new hobby you picked up. There are lots of ways to train, a variety of classes, and all sorts of things you can do to keep yourself interest and having fun while getting into better shape. Don’t just think that you are stuck doing only one thing.
See, that wasn’t too hard or painful. It is a rather simple 4 step process. But it is a process that is very worthwhile for people to follow. As you get older often you realize how frail health can be and wish you had taken the time to take better care of yourself earlier. Well it’s not too late right now to get started before tomorrow comes.