Incorporating personal fitness training into your live is probably the most common problem that anyone will face. Everyone knows that they should stay in shape, but many people simply don’t know how to. With the abundance of information out there it can be really discouraging if you can not work out where to start first.
With the large selection of fast foods that are available these days it is so easy for you to crab something quick and before you know it them extra pounds are adding up. That along with the fact that most jobs are a lot less physical these days compared to what they where say 100 years ago. Our lives have got a lot easier and a lot less manual, most people never walk anywhere these days.
We are all aware of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and that a healthy diet and personal fitness is good for us. However the problem for most people is that they don’t know where to start. So where do you start? Well the most important thing to do if you are going to be making changes to your diet and especially your exercise regime is to contact your doctor and get his approval to start exercising. He will tell you any risks you may be facing in starting your journey to personal fitness and he may even give you some tips on how to ease into things.
Once you have got the OK from your doctor there are 5 simple steps that you can try to help you get started:
Make the Decision To Eat Right and Start Exercising
Committing to a decision that you have made is your first step. It has to mean something when you say to yourself “I need to get in shape”. When you think about things like: What exercises can I do? When can I exercise? What foods should I be eating? You should be coming up with answers in your mind. You need to be 100% committed to your decision, only when you are will you be able to change your behaviour, let go of the past and take the first step to moving forward.
Write Down Your Goals
Be realistic with your goals, it’s no good setting goals that are to big especially at the start. Make sure you write down everything you do in the space of a week including what you do on a weekend. Including the times you spend working, commuting to work, the time you spend at home with your family, any time you spend socializing and anything else you can think of. You should make a separate list for each day of the week.
Here’s the reason why you should do this. If you know your schedule you can work out the amount of time you can realistically set aside in the week to start exercising. It is pointless saying you are going to exercise for 2 hours a day if in reality you can only manage to change your schedule to fit in 30 minutes a day
Do Your Research
Many people fail because they do not have enough information before they start to exercise. These days getting the information you need is a lot easier, as we live in the information age, you can get information on just about everything online these days. However the trick is not to go mad and overload your self with information. Find a source of information that starts out at your level and take notes, I will be adding more nutrition and fitness info as time goes by. Start of with simple workouts. It may seem a waste of time to start with exercises that you can do easily, however if you start with really hard workouts you will only fail and get disheartened.
If you can afford it you can always sign up at your local gym or hire a personal trainer to help you get started. A personal trainer will help to create an exercise plan for you and give you basic information on how to eat healthier. This is also the best option if you have never exercised for a long time, if you are in your forties and the last exercise you did was at school your body will not take to well to hitting it with to much exercise.
Make it Simple at Start
If you have an hectic schedule the last thing you need is and elaborate plan, keeping it simple will help to keep it easy. Work out your plan across the week, find 3 or 4 days when you can spare 30 minutes and set a goal to change your eating habits. Simply deciding to eat a little bit less at every sitting will do to start with.
Set a Start Date and Stick To Your Plan
Once you have your plan set your start date and stick to it. Check your plan every day when you get up and follow it, mentally preparing yourself is very important. Writing your schedule down and reading it daily will help you achieve your goals. Create yourself a daily check list of activities so that when you have completed your task you can mark it off your list. This will show you that you what you have accomplished.
I hope this broad outline can help you get started on your route to personal fitness. Life these days is really full on for most people and finding time to change your life for the better is always difficult at the start. Just remember that even small changes can add up along your path and the more committed you are to your personal fitness training the greater and quicker you will see results in the quality of your life.