5 Great ways to kickstart your fitness
Is there a way you can kickstart your fitness?
A way to make improving your health part of your daily routine… part of your life?
A lot of people ask this question and in this post, I will give you 5 tips to help you begin to build fitness into your daily routine.
Don’t let all the conflicting information available online make you hide away in a corner and decide not to build a fitter you. You know that you need to do more than just sitting and watching TV.
But when and how do you start slotting fitness into your daily routines?
How do you take those first tentative steps and kickstart your fitness by building a healthy and fitness driven mindset into your daily life?
A lot of food out on the shelves of your local stores are nutrient light, and that is being optimistic.
The truth is that pretty much all processed food in the supermarket today is nutrient void and is engineered to not only taste great but have an effect on the brain similar to addictive drugs.
In effect, our processed foods are designed to make us crave more food!With foods like these in our shops and the type of jobs we have now, it is not surprising that we are becoming progressively more and more sedentary, and this lifestyle is slowly but surely killing us all! Click To Tweet
You could be forgiven for thinking that your fight is lost before it has begun… not so.
Before you Kickstart your fitness…
Where do you start your journey toward a smaller waistline and increased health and general well being?
What are the key steps and where do we begin?
If you are past the age of 40, are very overweight or have any health issues that may make exertion a concern, you should always consult your doctor first.
Once your doctor gives you the all clear to workout, the following steps will help you kickstart your fitness and begin your journey to a fitter and healthier you.
Make a decision to start being healthier. This is something that has to be deeply rooted in your desires.
YOU HAVE TO WANT THIS change… with a passion.
Making this decision to change your activity levels and diet, in order to become healthier, is something that needs to be a conscious commitment to yourself. Click To Tweet
Making this decision may be a little scary but it also opens up a whole host of exciting possibilities for you. Better clothes, better self-confidence and a better outlook on life!
It all leads to having the drive to have more fun in your life.
Making this decision to change and making the mental commitment to it, will start a chain of positive events in the brain. As your diet and health improve, so will your positive outlook on life. You will start using positive words in your self-talk, even without realising it.
This will all help you in positive and consistent forward progress and you will start wondering when you can workout, what you should eat and what should your goals be?
This is all a massive step in the right direction.
You have made your first step… Well done… BE PROUD!!
Now it’s time to plan
Putting pen to paper is still one of the best things you can do to help you not only brain dump all the ideas that will be running round in your head about your newfound passion, but physically writing instead of typing or tapping information into a smartphone has actually been found to help the brain process information more positively and remember more of the ideas that are listed.
There is just something about the tactile contact of pen on paper that activates the brain better than any other method of data capture.
So start by making a list of all the things that you do in your average week…
Time spent at work, commuting, hobbies, time with spouse and family, list everything that you can think of, including any regular weekend tasks that you do.
There is a good reason for this exercise…
Lest say you set yourself a lofty goal of working out for 2 hours a day, 3 days a week. But you don’t have the slightest idea about when you can fit this in or even how often you can dedicate the time you want to be working out to working out… your plans are not going to go anywhere.
You may go to the gym once or twice at best, but with no ability to know when you will have your next session the overall process could soon grind to a halt and find you back at the start and not knowing when or if you will have the drive to make another concerted effort to get healthy.
Do not be beaten
By taking the time up front to work out where your free time is each week, you can plan ahead, re-arrange a few things to give you the time you need in order to fit your workouts around your daily commitments.
This simple list making and planning exercise could be the difference between long-term successful change or giving up completely.
Doing your research
There is nothing worse than starting a health drive with little or no ideas about how to start or what you need to do. A little research up front can help you hit the ground running and boost motivation and excitement.
Thanks to the digital age in which we live there are always places to find information on which exercises to do or how to fix a bad diet. Tips on healthy eating and nutritional advice are seemingly everywhere and this is something that you should definitely make use of.
The important thing to bear in mind is not to lose focus in the sea of information.
It can be easy to become overwhelmed.
Find a few sources that you know and trust and stick to them. Take notes as you go along and you will be surprised how easily and quickly you will begin to piece things together and develop a plan that is tailored to your needs. Click To Tweet
If you have the money try finding and hiring a personal trainer to show you some tips on good form and help you refine your goals. A good personal trainer will help you analyse your diet and help in cutting anything that you may not have realised is hindering your progress.
Hiring a personal trainer may seem like a short-term expense, but ask yourself, what is my health, life, and longevity worth to me?
In the long term, your investment in yourself will pay very large dividends.
Success comes from keeping it simple.
Set yourself a plan that is based on small, realistic and progressive goals. You will not be able to lose 20 pounds in 2 weeks, without a lot of water loss or unhealthy side effects!
Instead, find a simpler plan that works for you and base it around sensible sustained goals.
0.5 – 1lb of fat loss a week is not unrealistic.
Just remember that, depending on how you are exercising, you may be adding a little muscle as well. So don’t dwell on the weight on the scales. Either find a reliable way to measure your body composition or, and this is generally best for beginners, go with how your clothes fit.
If the scales say you have not lost any weight but your clothes fit better… RESULT!!
Remember consistent slow progress will beat quick-fix dieting anytime!
Be patient and you will see the rewards and keep the weight off a lot easier too.
Pulling it all together
Now that you have the motivation, plan, support, and knowledge you need to achieve your goals you will need to take action based on these goals.
Remember that slow consistent progress will always beat the quick fix. Click To Tweet
Having planned when you have time to fit in your workouts and having also researched what you need to do to with your diet in order to get the best results from your work, it is time to kickstart your fitness and make your plan a reality by taking the first steps towards your new healthy lifestyle.
Make some bullet points, based on the goals that you want to achieve, and cross them off when you achieve them. This goes back to one of the earlier points about putting pen to paper.
There is nothing more satisfying than putting a line through a goal that has been achieved.
Each line through an achievement is another step closer towards your overall desired outcome. That line marks an achievement to be proud of. Take pride in that and enjoy the satisfaction.
Keep going, add more bullet points as an when you feel the need and don’t be afraid to challenge yourself with sensible goals.
Make a 3, 6 or 12-month plan of action and follow it for your own personal success map. One step at a time, you will develop the body and health you desire. Click To Tweet
I hope you have found this post of use and an inspiration to develop your own roadmap to success.
Try this for yourself and you will see that having your own workout and nutrition program is not as far-fetched or complicated as you think.
Do you have anything that you would add on how to kickstart your fitness?
Or have you already experienced the benefit of making exercise work for you?
Let me know in the comments below and share your experiences with the world.
Wishing you Good Health & Happiness