The hardest part of getting fit involves taking the first step. While most people think exercising is hard and getting a routine together is difficult, the simple reality is that neither of these things are true. Working out doesn’t have to be tough, boring or impossible. Don’t let fear stand in the way and a path to improved fitness will easily open up.
So, how can fear be conquered? Here are several tips for taking that first step and making it a whole lot easier:
Start Out Small
Exercise doesn’t have to involve two hours at the gym five days a week to produce results. While the fact is a gym membership can be very useful, it’s not the only way to go. If necessary, take baby steps to get on the road to fitness. Do such things as:
- Start walking to neighbors or a nearby store instead of driving;
- Take the stairs instead of using the elevator;
- Play more vigorously with the kids;
- Go dancing.
Getting active for even a few minutes a day can be the start of something great when it comes to fitness.
Pick Activities that are Fun
Working out isn’t solely defined as lifting weights and running. Find an activity or activities that are personally fun and dive in with both feet. When you do that, “exercise” won’t seem like work – it will be more like play.
Consult a Trainer
Coming up with good ideas to maximize workout time for the greatest results can be a little tough. The trainer at your local gym, however, might have some great ideas on how to help you get started. Even if you’re not sure you want to join a gym, go in for a tour and a consultation. The ideas offered might very well help uncover the perfect activities for personal fitness.
Set a Schedule
Exercising should be built into the routine, but remember it doesn’t have to take up a huge chunk of time to be effective. If spare moments are at a minimum, consider scheduling three 30-minute blocks of time to exercise every week. Stick to the routine.
One of the biggest roadblocks people face when trying to get into shape is motivation. To help stay on track do such things as:
- Set realistic goals
- Track those goals
- Recognize milestones with special rewards
- Workout with a friend or family member
- Work with a trainer.
Getting started on a fitness plan might not be “easy,” but it’s far from impossible. Just get up, get moving and remember to take it a day at a time. Get past that first day and the rest will come naturally.
About the Author
Sean Bowes is the owner of “Bowes Fitness”, to find out more hit the contact page at bowesfitness.com