So you want to get active and start your fitness journey? First of all I want you to know it’s not at all as glamorized as you might see on Instagram. It’s not easy. It’s a roller coaster ride to be honest. One week you’re working out five times a week drinking smoothies all day around and the next week you have a steady relationship with your couch and pizza is your soulmate. It’s completely normal and with time you will learn the fine line that is balance.
I’ve been in the fitness world since May 2015. I’ve stayed on track for months without end and I’ve also derailed for months without end. This has taught me a few things about getting started and I’m here to share them with you.
- Baby Steps
Baby steps. Baby steps. Baby steps. I can’t repeat it enough. Baby steps. Baby steps. Baby steps. Did I make my point? You really can’t jump in head first and expect to be on the same level as a professional athlete by the end of the month. What I mean with this is you need to start of slow.
When I started my fitness journey I only did three strengthening (legs, arms, abs) workouts per week with two active LISS sessions (run, bicycle ride, walk, swim, etc.). Two years later I have four to five strengthening workouts per week with five to six LISS sessions. Oh and one stretch/yoga session. Please stretch and warm up before any workout. Injuries aren’t a joke. I’m speaking out of experience.
Can you see the difference? I didn’t jump in with a full blown workout routine, I started off slow and steadily build myself up. I keep this in mind every time I fall of track, I start with the basics and go from there. Like the famous saying goes: Rome wasn’t built in a day.
- Set Weekly Goals
Having something to work for, that motivates you to get up and get that workout in come rain, binge TV and a bad day is incredibly important. So set those goals. Mine this week is to push myself and see how much kilometer I can bicycle in one go. I’m pushing for 60km. (Edit: I DID IT!!)
- Find a program/plan that works for YOU
You can’t exactly jump into a battle and expect to come out as the victor. You need to have a plan. By plan I mean how your week is going to look like. What workouts do you want to do and on what day? If you have a well structured plan you’re more likely to stick to it. Winging it makes you stand a risk of failing.
Next up you obviously need to know what exercises your doing when it’s leg day. There is so many options and personal trainers online, you can really take your time, experiment till you find a program you enjoy. I recommend the two following YouTube channels.
POPSUGAR Fitness: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBINFWq52ShSgUFEoynfSwg
- Stay accountable
If you stay accountable by posting daily updates on Instagram then go ahead honey. If you stay accountable by documenting every workout and making notes then go ahead. Find a way that motivates you to keep active even on days where the idea of working out is beyond horrible.
- Trust the progress
You won’t see progress overnight so please don’t get unmotivated when you don’t have abs after two weeks of training. Slow progress is real progress.