Everyone seems to have an opinion when it comes to getting in shape. There is an endless amount of information on the internet, in magazines, and all over social media about getting started on your fitness journey. So, where do you even begin? It can be overwhelming and frustrating trying to figure out where to start and what is the right way for you. So here are some tips on how to get started on your fitness journey.
1) Set A Goal
Setting a goal is one of the most essential steps in getting started on your fitness journey. Having a goal gives you something to work towards and keeps you motivated. When setting a goal, it’s essential to ensure it’s realistic and achievable. You don’t want to set yourself up for failure by choosing a too-difficult goal. Some tips for setting a fitness goal are:
- Choose a goal that is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound
- Make sure your goal is something you really want to achieve, not just something someone else tells you to do
- Set goals in multiple areas of your life, not just fitness
- Make sure your goal isn’t based on numbers (weight, calories burned, etc.)
- Visualize yourself achieving your goal
2) Find A Support System
Finding a support system is another vital step in getting started on your fitness journey. A support system can be anything from family and friends to a coach or personal trainer. Having someone to help keep you accountable and motivated can be really helpful. If you don’t have anyone to whom you feel comfortable talking about fitness or nutrition, there are plenty of online support groups or forums you can join.
3) Set Up A Routine
One of the best ways to ensure success when starting a fitness journey is to set up a routine. When you have a routine, it becomes easier to stick to your goals because everything becomes more organized and planned out. A good fitness routine includes both exercise and healthy eating habits. Try to find activities that you enjoy doing so that you will be more likely to stick with them in the long run.
To create a routine, start by setting realistic goals. Then, choose the days and times that work best for you to work out. Next, make sure to factor in any other commitments, such as work or school. Finally, set reminders on your phone or calendar so that you don’t forget about your routine or lose motivation.
4) Use The Right Form During Workouts
Good form is key when it comes to working out. Improper form can lead to injury and will not produce the same results as good form. Research different exercises before doing them, and ensure you know how to do them correctly. If your research does not provide anything valuable, here’s an in-depth article to get you started. Additionally, have someone watch you while you perform the exercises so they can give you feedback on your form.
5) Make Changes Slowly
When making changes to your diet or exercise routine, it’s essential to make them slowly. Making too many changes at once can be overwhelming and cause you to give up prematurely. Instead, start by making small changes that are sustainable over the long term. Once those become habits, then you can add on more changes. This way, you won’t get overwhelmed and will be more likely to stick with it for the long haul.
6) Be Patient And Stay Positive
Patience and positivity are among the most important things when getting started on your fitness journey. Of course, getting in shape takes time and consistency, so don’t expect results overnight. And when it comes to staying positive, remember that every step you take toward your goal is a success as long as you put in the effort.
Additionally, you can also try using positive affirmations to keep yourself motivated. Writing down positive affirmations and reading them aloud to yourself each day can help remind you why you’re working out in the first place and that you can achieve your goals.
7) Remember To Have Fun
Finally, have fun! Working out doesn’t always have to be a chore. If you can make it enjoyable, you will likely stick with it and see results. Try different activities that you enjoy, such as running, swimming, dancing, or yoga. Exercise should feel like an escape from your everyday life – make it something that brings you joy!
There are many things to consider when you’re starting your fitness journey. Visualize yourself achieving your goal, finding a support system, setting up a routine, using the right form during workouts, making changes slowly and being patient, staying positive, and remembering to have fun. With these tips in mind, you can ensure that your fitness journey is successful.