So if you have basically been a couch potato for most part of your life, well then you will appreciate the “words of wisdom” on this post.
Starting to workout will not be easy, but here’re some tips to keep you motivated in the start because I was there before;
- First of all-love yourself as you are.
Remember my dear, that your body is your safe haven. It is what you have that you can surely call yours so you do not have a choice but to love it. Focus on the very parts of your body that you absolutely adore instead of focusing on what Beyonce looks like. Everybody has their own journey darling and this is yours so you have got to embrace it by working with what you already have, yep, that’s me serving up some tough love.
“It’s important that people love themselves now for who they are and not for what they want to become, because sometimes they’ll reach their goal and still not appreciate themselves when they’re at their finish line,” This was said by a famous writer on health and well being.
- Start Easy.
Yes, we all know it is super intimidating going to the gym on that first day, clueless and absolutely freaking out thinking, ‘Oh my, all this sexy gymholics will see me for the absolute farce I am.’ Well, let me tell you for an absolute fact, I have been training for three years now and when I see other people at the gym I have got nothing but respect for them. Honestly, it is no easy task to get up in the morning or schedule time during the day to train and when I see someone else who understands the struggle, I relate and not judge.
Starting easy means going at your own pace as well, not comparing, and appreciating your beginnings. So that said, go ahead and use you 2kg dumbbells and be proud while at it! You conquered the hardest challenge which was pressing play.
- Plan yourself before hand.
Starting a morning workout routine is just like establishing any other new habit: It requires some plain-old hard work and dedication. Try these tips from Josefsberg to make it stick: Prep your coffeemaker to go off tomorrow morning when you wake up, pack your lunch the night before, decide which workout DVD or routine you’re going to do the next morning, lay out the work clothes you’ll wear and get them ready the evening before. Look at each week ahead of time and plan exercise accordingly. If you have an early-morning meeting, be realistic and understand that you probably won’t work out that day. Advance prepping and planning can eliminate decisions about your workout, clothes, or what you’re eating that day—freeing up time to actually exercise.
- The road will be bumpy loves.
Here’s the reality of any journey, whether it’s business, relationships, diet, or fitness—you’re going to make mistakes and stumble along the way. There will be times when life will get crazy and you’ll temporarily be derailed. Everyone falls. It’s part of the experience and you should expect it. But the difference between failing on a diet or fitness routine and succeeding is that you pick yourself up from the fall and keep going, or you use it as an excuse to quit.
- Look beyond weight loss.
Personally, this is what actually keeps me going. Exercising for the health benefits that are not related to weight loss, like feeling more energized, happier, calmer and experiencing better sleep. It becomes punishing when you think of exercise in terms of weight loss, especially when you are starting out.
When you don’t feel like exercising, remind yourself of how good you’ll feel during or after exercise, says Sydney-based exercise physiologist Bill Sukala. “If you can begin to associate being active with pleasure and how good you feel as a result of it, you’ll be more inclined to stick to your exercise routine,” he says.
- Do it for yourself.
At the end of the day, make it personal, make it yours, Do it for no one but You So that you will never have anyone to blame if you quit but you. You will have yourself to be accountable to. I know it may sound a bit tough, but believe me, it is for your best.
Make it a priority, make yourself a priority just as you make other things like your job, family and friendships a priority.
Personally it’s got to a place where I rotate my schedule round my gym time. You wanna meet up, Cool I will squeeze you right in after my workout. Because I come first to myself.
So loves, the above tips kept me going from the beginning and up to now as well. Every day I learn something new and I truly appreciate the journey so far. I sure do hope you will get up, establish a fitness routine and stay motivated. Do not give up, the beginning is always the hardest but it will all be worth it.
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