- Take the Leap
There is a massive difference between telling everybody that you are going to start working out, and actually taking the first step and doing something about it. That first little step is a actually a massive step forward.
- Leave Your Comfort Zone Behind
It’s the start of a new year; why not try something new and completely different? It might be something that you have never heard of, or even something that you have ridiculed others about. “Don’t knock it ‘till you’ve tried it.” is a good motto to keep in mind for this year’s exercise plan.
- Start Out Small
The truth of the matter is that you are not going to be ready for the Olympics after a week of training – no matter how hard you try. When you set the bar too high for yourself it will probably only leave you crushed with disappointment and frustration. Set weekly or even daily goals for yourself, and only focus on that. Don’t try and plan out your goals way ahead of time, as this may seem daunting and may be bad for your exercise routine rather than motivating you.
- Keep Things Fresh
Apart from setting unrealistic goals, the second biggest reason for giving up is becoming bored. Make sure that you try new ways to exercise or at least change up your program or set goals with a different focus and approach. Moreover, after about 6 to 8 weeks of the same routine, your muscles become used to it and you won’t burn as much fat or build as much muscle as in the beginning.
- Speak to the Doc
If you are round about 45 years of age or older, confront your doctor before starting with an exercise program as it may interfere with certain medications or may lead to other health issues.
- Eat Yourself Fit
Just because you are working out doesn’t mean you get to eat a pizza each day. If you want to get the most out of your routine, make sure that you have a proper meal plan that is balanced to ensure you get the needed nutrients for your body to have as much energy as possible.
- Drink Plenty of Water
This goes without saying as it is part of any exercise or dieting plan. Also, it’s common sense. And for those who do not know, the main reason is simply to keep your body hydrated at all times and keep it going at full steam.
- Pump Some Iron
It doesn’t matter if your T-shirt says “Runners 4 life” on it, even you can benefit from strength training. Training with weights can help you strengthen your muscles, and stronger muscles burn more calories. It also has many added benefits like helping to prevent injuries and making your body seem more toned.
- Comfort is Key
It seems these days that everybody at the gym thinks that it is some sort of fashion week. They get more dressed up to go to the gym before a date, than when they go on the actual date! Whilst looking good does help you feel more confident, the first priority is comfort. If you are constantly thinking about how annoying your ill-fitting training shoes are you are going to end up hating exercise. Go see the experts at a proper sport shop to get you into the right gear for you.
- Quality Beats Quantity
It does not help you whatsoever if you spend 3 hours a day in the gym messing around without knowing what you are doing. To get the maximum benefit from your routine you should get some training from a professional or a friend who actually knows what he is doing. Not only will you reap more benefits from proper form, it can ensure that you don’t hurt yourself while working out.