There are many different feelings people often get when they start a fitness journey. There are feelings of excitement but also of anxiety and uncertainty. There is nothing wrong with feeling unsure about a fitness routine, especially when you haven’t started yet. If fitness has never really been a part of your life then it’s very understandable that it all seems foreign. Understanding how to do an inclined-barbell bench press properly isn’t something we know from birth. In fact, even I have been there before. If you want to know how to start working out, take the advice that is readily available from the hundreds who have been there before you.
We’ve all had an experience as a kid that we remember, like swimming for the first time, that made us anxious. Standing on the diving board, or at the edge of the pool, we would ask ourselves what we were doing? Why would you jump into the pool? Then we dived right in and it felt amazing! Working out is like that, stop making excuses and jump in, you’ll like the result.
There is a reason you’re here, looking for a way to start working out. Let that spark take control and let yourself look better, feel better, and be better. Believe in yourself and don’t let that spark die out. Sure, there will be days when you feel less motivated or like quitting altogether. Remember what started that spark and why you wanted to start working out in the first place.
What you do today will affect what happens tomorrow. Remember to always set yourself up for success, every day. Before you get started, shop for all of the fitness essentials you’ll need like shoes, clothing, hand weights or other equipment. When you shop for your workout clothing, look for something that makes you feel good, maybe something on the sexier side. Don’t forget to shop for groceries and get rid of any temptations that may be sitting in your pantry right now.
Part of the planning process is scheduling. Finding the times that work best for you in your routine will help you avoid the excuses. For example, if Tuesdays are usually crazy days for you at work or at home, don’t schedule your gym days for Tuesdays. Maybe there is a certain time of day when you can usually be found sitting on the couch, watching your favorite shows. Schedule your workouts for that couch time and record that show to watch it later.
There may be things in your life that are damaging to your health, foods, habits, even people. Get rid of them all. Clean out your kitchen and throw out the junk food. Don’t forget that stash of treats you have in your room. It’s easier to stay motivated when you aren’t constantly being tested. If there are habits or people who have ruined your journey before or aren’t very supportive, ditch them too. Replace the bad habits with good ones and spend more time with the supportive people in your life.
Before you start a fitness routine, take pictures of yourself, and again at every milestone. These photos will help you stay motivated as you see the progress you’ve made. Always remember that success doesn’t happen overnight, but it will happen. Aim for taking pictures every 1-2 weeks to see your results. Don’t be afraid to take them in your birthday suit, or swimsuit and make sure you get every angle.
If you’re not having fun in life, you’re not doing it right and working out is no different. Make sure you have fun when you start a fitness routine so you can look forward to doing it every day. If dancing makes working out fun, dance, if yoga is more relaxing, do yoga. Whatever it takes to make sure you return to the gym, do it.
There is nothing that gives people confidence more than having a healthy, fit body. That confidence will help improve so many aspects of your life, so share it all. Tell friends about your journey and accomplishments, share photos and share your progress. You may even become the inspiration others in your life needed to get started on their own fitness journeys.