7 steps on how to get started
By now almost all of us know the benefits of working out. We are constantly being fed this information everywhere we go, every social media platform we visit. It's always there.
So while education exists plenty, motivation and time does not. How do we go about changing this? Well, firstly we need to get motivated, obviously and secondly, we need to make time for it. Sounds simple, so why is it not?
Instant gratification. The disease many of us suffer from. Because, while we want to become fitter and stronger and lose weight, putting in the work is so much effort. And when we're putting in the work and not seeing results quickly enough, we become disheartened and quit.
So how do you change your mindset and get started? Here are my 7 tips:
Make a strong intention to change! If this is not something you really want, you're going to fail at it.
Start with something you enjoy. This can be anything from dancing, to running. It tends to feel less tedious when you're doing something you enjoy.
Start with 5 to 10 minutes. Literally, that is all it takes to feel amazing. Once you get the feel of it, you'll want more of it. Trust me, this is how I started and now I am doing 4 to 5 workouts a week. And each workout is at least 30 minutes long.
Choose an appropriate time. To me this was very important. I needed to choose a time where I knew I would not be disturbed. So I woke up a few minutes earlier than everyone else in the house. I needed the time to focus if I really wanted to get into it.
Set realistic goals. If you have never worked out before or starting to get back into it after a long while, you have to be realistic about what you can achieve. That can look like anything depending on your fitness level. For me, I started with 2 to 3 workouts of 10+minutes.
Be consistent. If you want to see change, you're going to have to commit and be patient with yourself. You might not see physical results for weeks, but change is definitely happening!
Be kind to your body. Do only that which you can manage and take breaks. Just as much as your body loves you working it, it also enjoys a break every now and then.
Another important thing to remember is that everyone's workout routine looks different. because everyone has a different goal. My current goal is to become stronger and fitter while maintaining a healthy mind.