Getting started in a fitness regimen usually causes one of two reactions. Some of us plow full steam ahead with our planned exercise routine and don’t stop to listen to our bodies or recognize the importance of a rest day. Other times we may have a great big plan to start tomorrow. Then tomorrow comes and we decide we will “for real” the next day. Days turn into weeks that turn into months. Our fitness regimen never takes flight.
Neither of these scenarios allows us to adopt a healthy life long relationship with fitness. Rather than sprinting from the start line or failing to even lace up, try starting with some small steps! Here are a couple of ideas to get you started.
- Make a list of what you enjoy doing. There are so many avenues for fitness now. Whether you are looking to join a gym and participate in a variety of group fitness classes or lift weights. Or buy a pass to a yoga studio and perfect your downward dog. One of my 2015 fitness goals is to try a new sport and I’m looking into stand up paddle boarding. I have friends who love the calorie burn and community of Jazzercise or the solitude of early morning runs. One of the newest Beachbody programs is Cize, a dance program where you can learn choreography from Shaun T and get a great workout.
- Find a buddy…if that’s your thing! Personally, I prefer to run alone but Turbokick or spin with friends. Try out an accountability partner to keep you motivated. In the age of technology you don’t even need to live nearby. You can read all my thoughts on accountability partners here
- Set a mini goal. Small obtainable goals will help to keep you motivated. If you are just starting out in your fitness journey, a good goal may be to walk around the block three days a week. Fitting those 30 minutes of exercise in seems like it should be easy but our schedules are packed, the days fly by and that half an hour can be lost if we don’t treat it as a non-negotiable.
- Buy some appropriate gear but don’t spend the bank! When it comes to fitness there are 2 must haves in my opinion- good shoes and a good bra. I would recommend having a professional fit you for both. But for the rest of your workout clothes, visit TJ Maxx, Marshalls or Old Navy for some cute outfits. I have even found some great running shorts at Goodwill!
- Embrace the importance of rest.
If you have more questions about starting a fitness program, please contact me! I would love to help coach you through those first small steps of your journey!