There is only one month left till summer and if you haven’t started working out to get that perfect beach body yet you’re probably thinking to hit the gym very time soon. But the only thing is you don’t know where to start. If you are a beginner and know about working out as much as I know about calculus (we’ve never been friends) these are good steps to follow to make sure you don’t quit after the first week. So here we go!
1. SET GOALS
Setting goals before starting any enterprise is very important that’s why if you want results you have to take working out seriously and set your goals first. Ask yourself what is it that you want to achieve? Do you want to get lean, loose weight or just stay active? Whatever your goals are it is very important to make them attainable. Don’t plant to loose 20 pounds in a month or go for a workout 6 times a week. As tempting as those goals are they are kind of unachievable and it is most likely that you will fail and as a result will quit. Making baby steps towards your goals every day for a month is better than rushing towards them for couple of days and then quitting for a month and then start again. In the end what is the method that will bring results? The answer is obvious. It is also very important to write your goals down. Once you set your goals you will know what direction to go.
2. DO SOMETHING YOU LIKE
Nowadays there are so many programs and activities available that it is very easy to find something you like but at the same time it can be a little intimidating with so many options. What is right for you and your goals? Well no-one can answer that question better than yourself. What is it that you enjoy doing? It is very important to do something you like for your workout rather than forcing yourself into doing something you hate. If you hate pilates but love swimming, go swimming, don’t do pilates just because your best friend loves it and drags you along. Do you prefer yoga to running – do yoga instead and add one-two days of cardio to your workout schedule. Remember it only worth suffering if you love it and if you are passionate about it. Start with asking yourself what you like and go from there. It is the key to your success. No one ever achieved anything in subjects they hate, right? Be smart about your choices.
3. MAKE A PLAN
You next step is to make a plan. If your goal is to start weightlifting but it feels too intimidating to go to the gym all alone team up with one of your friends or get a personal trainer to learn the basics first until you get confident enough to go by yourself. When I came to my gym for the first time I already had some experience but the amount of people definitely made me feel that I was the most uneducated person there (everyone seemed like they knew what they were doing) and that everyone was looking (which wasn’t true of course). It is the fear you just need to get over with. So making a plan will help you A LOT. It definitely will make you feel more confident. You will know that you did your “homework” and you know what you are doing. When you have a plan it is easier for you to stick to working out. Plus it lets you track your progress which is VERY motivational.
4. EAT HEALTHY
Any fitness trainer will tell you that diet and meal prep is the backbone of your workout regiment. What is the point of trying really hard at the gym and then eat something unhealthy? This is the part where a lot of us struggle. It is easy to give in to temptation and eat something unhealthy because you think that it is ok since you are going to work out anyways. Well fats from avocado and fats from a McDonald’s burger are very different kind of fats. Which will fuel your body better? Although it is ok to have a cheat meal from time to time try to work on creating healthy eating habits. Have an apple or prunes if you’re craving for something sweet or have some nuts or energy bar for a snack instead of chips with empty calories (they are named “empty” for a reason). It is a good thing to ask yourself “what this particular meal will give me?” Gloving skin or a muffin top? Your choice.
* I have more tips in this article to help you create healthy eating habits.
5. MAKE IT A HABIT
If you have Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays available make it workout days. Go to the gym no matter what. Persistence is the key. It won’t make a difference if you workout for one week and then take two weeks off. If you are feeling a little under the weather take a day off but get back to it the following day. Working out is a lifestyle that rewards you with a lot of energy and better mood and it is definitely worth fighting for (with your laziness mostly). They say it takes 21 day to build a habit. Once you realize that you are feeling annoyed by skipping the gym you will know that it is a success. Building good habits is not an easy task and it takes time that’s why…
6. BE PATIENT
I won’t stop repeating it in every blog post that whatever goals you are trying to achieve – be it a healthy eating habit or loosing weight, etc. – progress is always slow and you have to be patient. We compare ourselves with others all the time and when we don’t see any noticeable result right away we get frustrated and quit. Remember you don’t fail until you quit. Just keep doing what you are doing and eliminate bad habits little by little. I used to smoke in my early twenties now looking back I can’t even believe that I did. It was a disgusting habit that made me feel horrible but it took me 2 good years to quit. Now I cannot imagine even taking a small puff. The most important reason for me to quit was that smoking made it difficult for me to breath when I was running and I really wanted to run fast and long. So I replaced a bad habit with a good one. Having a goal in my head helped me a lot. So be patient and keep reminding yourself every day why you are doing it and you will be unstoppable!