In the world of fitness, it can be difficult to decide where to start. There is SO MUCH information available, but how do you know which information is right for YOU? This article is designed to start with the basics when it comes to health and fitness, and we will take a deeper dive into each aspect in the future.
Start with your WHY
This is one of the most important aspects of any new endeavor that you take on in life. You have to have a strong why in order to keep motivated and succeed. Write down your why and keep it in a place that you will be forced to see it. Your why is the reason you will keep going when things get tough (because things WILL get tough).
Setting goals and routinely checking in on your progress will help you achieve the results you want. Set long term goals and then break it down into a few short term goals and make sure that they are always focused on the long term goal at hand. If they are not, they may not be the right goal for you. Pick goals in all areas of life, not just fitness, to make sure you are becoming a well-rounded individual.
Find A Routine
This is something that is very hard to do at first. Find what works for you and stick with it. If you do not like to work out in the morning, don’t force yourself to get up at 5am for workouts. Everyone is different so find something and stick to it. One of the hardest thing to do is to start. Habits are difficult to create so don’t give up on something after only a few attempts, but don’t stick with something just because it worked for someone else.
Make nutrition easy
I will not pretend to be a nutrition expert, and neither should you (unless you are, then go for it). Make nutrition easy, if you have never tracked your macronutrients and have little interest in them, don’t track them. Eat sensible meals that you actually cook with ingredients that you have actually heard of and you will be on the right track. Limit your processed food intake and eliminate sugary drinks and you will feel much better and be able to perform at a higher level. Most importantly, MAKE SURE YOU ARE EATING. Food is fuel for your body, so you can’t see progress in your fitness goals if you have no fuel.
Enjoy the Process
If it’s not fun, you won’t stick with it. Not every day will be the most fun that you will have, but if you are not enjoying the process, take a look at what you are doing and how it can be more enjoyable. Remember, it is a process, it is not something that happens in 30 days or less. In order to see sustainable results, it may take YEARS to get to the place that you want to be. There will be bumps along the way and you will continue to improve even if you hit some rough spots. Unfortunately, there is not a quick fix to fitness so just enjoy the process and the results will come.
Ian is a Certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist and all around active person. Comment below to ask questions, give feedback or interact with him!