No matter what they say, the most difficult thing in this matter is to start training. Yes, just start exercising. A person who does not quite understand what systematic physical work is unlikely to be helped by willpower and motivation, he simply will not understand what to do with them. In this case, discipline and introducing reasonable habits into daily life will be more useful. The secret is not reading motivational quotes. Here are 6 tips to help you start exercising while staying in the rhythm of your life.
Tip 1. Set realistic goals.
It is important that the goals are not crazy, they must be: reasonable, measurable, achievable, realistic, and not too sky-high. Make sure they are relatively easy and understandable for you – this is essential to start your new fitness journey. This way, you can build a normal training foundation not only for your body but also for your mind. Clearly and consciously define for yourself what exactly you are striving for. Yes, you want to run a half marathon, but you have never done anything like this before. Plan for the next month a goal to overcome 3 kilometers, to begin with.
Tip 2. Move forward in small steps.
Introduce workouts and habits into your life more realistic in small steps. There is nothing shameful or wrong with slowly but surely moving forward. A lot of people have failed precisely because they initially tried to instill in themselves an overly ambitious number of habits. It is much more rational to cultivate a couple of valuable habits in yourself than to take it all at once and achieve nothing. If you have never trained before, then in order not to “jump off” promise yourself to train 3 times a week for 20 minutes. Having worked in this mode for 2-3 weeks, you can complicate the task and move on to 30-minute workouts.
Tip 3. Write down and track your habits.
The correct approach is when you track your progress. Recording your workouts is important in order to understand whether you are moving in the right direction and whether you need to change something. With nutrition in the same way, in order to eat right, you need to know the amount of food and its composition. Also, a history with body measurements, at least once a month, must be done. Keeping track of your workouts, food, and body measurements will help you create your system and increase your chances of success.
Tip 4. Find an understandable diet for yourself.
It makes no sense to arrange for yourself a diet of a gymaholic, which is tasteless and, at the same time, impossible. Not everyone has to torture themselves and only eat chicken breast and steamed broccoli. For the diet to be effective, it must be both healthy and tasty. Even losing weight should be comfortable for you. Exceptions are not only necessary but important.
Tip 5. Find your training program.
The eternal question: how many times a week and how exactly should you train? The answer to this question also depends on your goals. There is no need to kill yourself in the gym 6 times a week. You can achieve great results by exercising 3 times a week for 30-40 minutes outside. Excellent model 2-3 strength and one circuit workout for the whole body. It is important to remember that the workout program needs to be tailored to your life, not vice versa.
Tip 6. This should be fun for you.
Who said that training is just a leg press 5 sets for 15 reps? Running, cycling, brutal Crossfit workout in your favorite weightlifting men’s t-shirts, or just walking up the stairs instead of the elevator: these are all great solutions for burning calories and staying active and healthy.