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How To Start Your Fitness Journey

If you’ve been considering getting into shape, losing weight and getting healthier, but haven’t started, it’s time to start your fitness journey. How many times have you gone to the couch after a meal just to relax a minute before cleaning up the kitchen, only to find that minute extends to an hour or longer. You have two options at that point. The first is to put off the task of cleaning up for the next day and the second is to do it. If you decide to do it, the first thing you have to do is get off the couch and go into the kitchen. In order to get anything accomplished, the process always starts the same way, take the first step.

Whether you’re trying to complete the last set or get started on your workout, the process is the same.

How many times have you thought about working out and decided to wait until later, even if you’re already in an exercise program? Near the end of a workout, how many times have you thought of quitting or actually quit before the last push-up, jumping jack or squat was completed? If you managed to do your workout even though you wanted to put it off or did that last squat, you pushed yourself to do it. Sometimes, wanting to work out doesn’t come naturally and you fight it, so you simply have to push yourself to get started or continue to the end. Once you do, the actual workout is easier than you imagined.

Start by holding yourself accountable.

If you’re ready to get fit, do as much as you can to hold that feeling of readiness. Of course, I’m talking about committing to working with a trainer, signing up for a class or working out with a friend. All of those things will hold you accountable and keep you on track when you want to quit. Just saying you want to workout, or even signing up at a gym without a commitment to a schedule, won’t get the same results.

Have a goal and a plan on how to achieve it.

The first thing we ask at the Worx is about your goals. Not everyone wants the same things. Some people just want to lose weight, others want to get a beach body and still others want to regain the energy they once had. Once we know that person’s goals and other information, we help create a plan for them to reach it. Know what you want to accomplish and then identify how you’re going to reach that goal.

If your fitness desires seem overwhelming, break them down to smaller, easier to reach ones. Rather than trying to focus on losing 100 pounds, focus on losing two pounds every week. You’ll get more celebrations as you reach each goal and won’t be as apt to quit because it seems impossible.

  • If you’re not ready to start a full workout program or a complete healthy diet, take baby steps. Start walking more, take the stairs or substitute unhealthy snacks with fresh fruit. Some people start by giving up soft drinks and replacing it with water.
  • Confusion and lack of knowledge can block some people from starting. That’s when working with a fitness professional is best. You don’t have to get private sessions, group sessions are affordable and you get the same help.
  • Make sure you really want to get fitter. Some people say they’re going to get fit and that’s where they stop. It’s as though saying it was all they needed to do. Before you utter those words, make sure you really mean them and then do something about it.
  • If you’ve chosen to start slowly, like taking daily walks, schedule a time specifically for those walks or before you know it, that part of the program will end, too. Add a few minutes of walking every day to the schedule.

For more information, contact us today at The Worx

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