So now that i’ve gotten some of nitty gritty out of the way, who’s ready to get started? Or to continue where you are currently at and further progress. Here’s a little perspective on determining your path.
If you’re like a lot of people, getting started is the hardest part. Where do I start *concerned voice ??? Motivation generally is the buzz kill. January 1st, everyone is like “ahhhh shoot getting my gym on for the new year” so motivated!! And then March 1st rolls around and the gym is half empty. WHY?
Consistency: Anyone can start, but not everyone keeps going. Thats what separates people from just getting by and being happy and confident. What I want people to walk away with after they read my spiel is that consistency will be a staple in your own fitness journey. Missed days here and there, understandable. When it develops into a pattern the goals you have in mind will slowly diminish. Be consistent with your time and effort and progress will follow.
Have the right mind set:
Everything now a days is about instant gratification. We want things NOW. Waiting seems so 1990s, like playing outside. WHO DOES THAT. If you’re just starting out today, and have been unhappy, think about how long it took you to get to where you are today. I ask this because for example some have told me well…”i’ve gained ___ lbs over the past 3 years.” So why is that in 6 weeks people want some kind of crazy results. It’s not realistic. If it took you 3 years to put that weight on, you’re going to have to work twice as hard and it could be a year before you are back where you wanted. Did that depress anyone? I don’t say that to negate any excitement and discourage those who are eager. I say that for a reality check. I see a lot of quick fixes or certain things that people believe will make things happen faster. But this is about the climb. It’s a journey, it takes time but achieving goals you set is well worth it. Optimism is important, motivated is great, but desire to change comes from within and thats where it all starts.
Start with Cardio:
If you don’t have much knowledge or guidance of weight training, start with cardiovascular activities for the first (few weeks). If anything building up your endurance and burning calories will be a good way to begin. It takes a great deal of stamina to get through a weight lifting session, so imagine how difficult it is to lift…and do cardio. Which most workout programs call for. Speaking of which, the internet is passing out workout programs faster than beanie babies being sold when I was 10. And who’s to say what is right for you? So until you have the right plan, getting your endurance up to speed can help bridge the gap between weight lifting and cardio. Walking, running, sprinting, stairs, boxing, zumba, anything that gets your body to MOVE, is beneficial. Go.
Believe in yourself:
Don’t roll your eyes ha! There is no way to measure just how valuable believing in your self can be. I always like to put people in positions where they don’t think they can do something, so that when they do it, they can feel what that’s like. Knowing you CAN do something. Damn that feels good. Each person out there is trying to be the best version of themselves. Don’t compete with them. This isn’t about them, its about building a better you. That brings me to the value of self worth. This single handidly propelled me through high school into college and into the real world. No one could tell me I was NOT going to do something. You take that attitude, take it to the gym, I doubt anything will stop you.
50% of this is mental. If you’re ready for the long haul. Lets go….