Fall is here and you’re ready to get back to basics. That includes getting started on you’re fitness routine, but where should you start? Moreover, how do you stay disciplined and keep going long term? Well, I’m glad you asked!
Here are 5 tips to get you up off the couch and on your way to getting more fit and healthy this fall:
- Identify your “why”. Yes, you want to get in shape, but that’s what everyone says. Think beyond that and go deeper. What does being in shape mean to you? Is it just looking a certain way or wearing certain clothes? What do you want to be able to do? How do you want to feel? Will it improve any health issues you may have? How will it impact your loved ones and your life if you were more fit. WHY do you want to get in shape?
- Set action-oriented goals. You want results but getting those results requires action. Simply saying that you want to lose ten pounds, for instance, is not enough. How are you gong to make that happen? What are you going to do? So, a better goal might actually be something like, “I’m going to workout 5 days per week for forty-five minutes,” or “I’m going to go for a 20 minute walk during my lunch break every workday.”
- Include timelines and end periods. Your ultimate goal is to create healthy exercise habits that last a lifetime but you have to build those habits first – one training day and one workout at a time. Creating monthly or quarterly goals can help you to stay focus for a set period of time while giving your body (and mind) time to change accordingly.
- Log your workouts. Let’s face it. You’re not going to be able to remember and track your workouts and important info like the weights you use, your level of effort, how you feel, etc. in your head. Keep a notebook or use an online program so you can see how much stronger, faster and better you’re getting.
- Start slowly. This may be the most important tip of all! You may be tempted to go all out on day one but you have to give your body time to adapt to all the stressors of exercise. Less is definitely more so working out until you can hardly move early on can lead to discouragement or even worse, injury. Instead, focus on developing consistency and proper form rather than high intensity and high volume in the first few days and weeks.
Take your time and have fun discovering ways to move your body. If you need help getting started, feel free to shoot me an email at