Give Yourself A Great Start In Fitness
Whether you’ve only just decided to do it, or you’ve been meaning to “get around to it” for years now, everyone needs to start their fitness journey somewhere. You may not know the name of a single piece of equipment. The gym may be full of people that make you look like a stick figure. But, you’re never going to hit your dream physique by sitting around! Here are some of our top tips for getting a great start in fitness.
Set your Goals
Do you want to shed ten pounds, start to see your six-pack, or do you simply want the knowledge that your lifestyle is a little more healthy? There are all kinds of ways you can approach fitness. But, you’re not going to choose the right one without knowing what you’re working towards. You wouldn’t hop on a train without knowing where it’s going. And similarly, you shouldn’t start a fitness program without knowing the end result. Get a specific goal in mind, start researching how you should work towards it, and then make a plan incorporating this advice. Here’s a program picker that can be a big help.
Okay, for certain goals, eventually you’ll need to buy some fitness equipment. When you’re just starting out, however, it’s best to keep your wallet closed. Yes, there are places where you can get a free gym pass, but barring these, it’s best to keep away from the gym to start with. A lot of people pay for a year’s membership or buy a truckload of fitness equipment. Then, they have a hard time hitting the lofty targets they’ve set for themselves. This leads to a lot of frustration, disappointment, and hostility towards fitness. One of the best pieces of fitness equipment in the world is absolutely free: your own body. Start your routine with push-ups, sit-ups, planks and so on.
We’re living in an era of one of the largest free banks of knowledge (and fail videos) ever known to man: YouTube. There are from Pilates classes to tutorials on a proper push-up form. Sure that someone with a channel has probably done all the research for you. All you need to do is find a good video. And, they have the self-control to resist the “related videos” rabbit hole. If you don’t like your virtual personal trainer, find another channel! Start off with the beginner’s videos to avoid the jargon, and subscribe for new videos.
Get a Fitness Buddy
One of the most powerful motivators that will keep you going when you get started with fitness is a buddy who will hold you accountable. You may already have a friend who hits the gym regularly, and almost certainly one whose meaning to “get around to it”. Failing these two, go to some free classes and talk to some people there. It’s much easier to let yourself down than to let a close friend down. And, they’ll be much cheaper than your average personal trainer, not to mention easier to relax around!