Starting a fitness program may be one of the best things you can do for your health. Exercising, and pursuing your own fitness program should improve your balance, coordination, weight, self-esteem and your overall well-being.
But, have you ever started a fitness program and then quit? Many people start fitness programs but stop when they get bored or results come too slowly. Here are some great tips to put you a few steps away from a healthier lifestyle.
Health, happiness, being in shape. What health benefit would you like to obtain first before the others?
Goals are essential to long-term progress. Unless you want to waste your time flailing around at the gym, you need to set specific and measurable goals. Write your goals down. With consistent tracking, you’ll know where you’re going and where you’ve been.
Decide on a Workout
When you’ve identified your main goal, you can easily pick out a workout and design a workout plan for yourself. There is a whole bunch of interesting workouts that you can try.
Start slowly, be flexible
Be patient with yourself. Everyone has good days and bad days. If you have a good day then be proud of yourself! If you have a bad day (don’t give up!) start fresh tomorrow and leave the past behind you.
If you’ve established your goal, motivating yourself shouldn’t be hard. Learn something new about training every day (by reading this site☺ ) Don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice. You can hire a professional personal trainer for a few sessions to get you on track.
Build mental toughness
The thing that separates one trainee from another might not be their physical strength. The difference often comes down to mental toughness and the decision to power through. You’re capable of so much more than what your sub-conscious mind tells you.
Allow time for recovery
Many people start exercising with frenzied zeal, working out too long or too intensely, and give up when their muscles and joints become sore or injured. Plan time between sessions for your body to rest and recover.
Track your progress
Significant improvement in your numbers should serve you with a new kind of motivation to do more and better. If you lose motivation, set new goals or try a new activity. Exercising with a friend or taking a class at a fitness center may help, too. Starting an exercise program is an important decision. But it doesn’t have to be an overwhelming one. By planning carefully and pacing yourself, you can establish a healthy habit that lasts a lifetime. Remember to monitor your progress and revisit your goals along the way.
Now that you are ready to exercise you need to make sure that your diet supports that and is in check with your goals. Whether it’s to lose weight or build muscle your diet is a factor. You will want to reduce sugar and white flour intake and make sure you are eating five to six smaller meals a day consisting of healthy complex carbs, protein, fiber, fruits, vegetables, and a moderate amount of healthy fats such as polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats found in olive oil, fish, avocados, and certain nuts.
And remember, never quit! Physical activity is for life.
Your mind is the most powerful weapon you have. When your body wants to quit, you have to rely on your mind to push you harder. Sometimes it takes a while to reach certain goals. Some days, you just don’t have motivation. In those times, you have to pull from something even deeper: belief. Stay focused and dedicated.
Ready, set, go!