I hear this very often from friends, family, co-workers and clients….April, how in the world do I get started working out? Here’s a quick bit of advice that I like to give to get them going.
This is listed first because it’s VERY important. At the beginning of anything new we, as people, like to jump right in. We get excited with a very high level of commitment, but a low level of competence which only means that we just don’t know HOW to do what we want to do. If we let the excited overshadow the competence that we may be setting ourselves up for failure. We will do too much, too fast and burn out not only our bodies, but our minds too. So start slow with length and frequency. Example: when I first got into working out (no I haven’t been like this my whole life!) I started with 20 minutes of cardio two days per week, whether that was a fast walk, slow jog or hopping on an elliptical. From there I continued to build with the help of a co-worker who I would call an expert in health and fitness. Having him there was really how I got myself to where I am today – learning from him was uber important. Fast forward 25 years and I’m where I’m at today. Not a terribly smooth ride, but I’m here!
Get out your calendar
I cannot stress this enough….BLOCK TIME OUT on your calendar for your workouts. We are all crazy busy with life – work, school, taking care of family and households; the list goes on. If we do not do the physical act of blocking time on our calendar – it’s going to be difficult to get going. When I was first getting started I would block out my lunch hour. I was fortunate enough to have a facility on site of where I worked out. I had a chunk of time scheduled certain days of the week, for a certain amount of time, on my work Outlook calendar with reminders. This does two things 1. makes sure no one schedules a meeting over when you planned on working out 2. Gives you that visible reminder that this is now part of your day. Everyone is different so choose the time/day that works best for you. Over the last few years I’ve come into the habit of working out first thing in the morning to get my day started; mostly because my days often look like this…
Find something you enjoy
Again, cannot stress this one enough either. If you are not doing something you enjoy then it makes it that much harder. There are so many options out there! Let’s say you hate running, but you think that’s the best way to burn calories and meet your goals….ERRRR WRONG-O! If you hate something why in the world would you stick with it? I mean do you continue to talk to and date that girl or guy that cheated on you five times over ? NO you don’t. At least you shouldn’t be – and if you are then we need to talk as that is very definition of insanity. Cardio doesn’t have to be running, maybe biking is more your thing or playing basketball with a club group (yes, we’re in a pandemic, but you know – eventually that is going to be an option). Or maybe it’s dance? Hell – doesn’t even need to be structured, it could be putting on some of your fave music to wild ‘n out in your kitchen, living room or basement. As long as you’re moving and getting your heart rate up – you’re golden!
Write down your why
This is easy. Do exactly as it says, write down your why in a place you can frequently refer back to. And this can be fluid – it may change as you change so don’t forget to update it. Refer back to remind yourself why in the world you wanted to do this in the first place. Especially on those days you “just don’t feel like it.” Because they will come , but they will also pass.
I hope you’ve found this helpful in getting started! It’s never easy to start or re-start something new.
If you need help getting going I’d love to talk with you; not only to get you going, but to also be your accountability partner. I’m only an email away!
with Health and Happiness 😘