Embarking On The Fitness Journey: A Beginner’s Guide To A Healthier You
It’s a new year; of course, people have outlined all their resolutions, and one of these goals is getting in shape. It’s applaudable that you want to hit the gym and gain that perfect body to boost your confidence, but then, you may need to slow down before rushing towards those equipment and machines. The fitness world can seem vast and even overwhelming for beginners just by stepping into the gym. These machines and equipment can end up hurting you if not used properly. So let’s help you get started, shall we?
Getting a Personal Trainer
There will always be someone more experienced in what you want to do. If you can afford it, then it’s advisable to get a personal trainer to guide you at the beginning of your fitness journey till you feel you have reached the point where you can take the reins and guide yourself.
Setting Goals And Accomplishments
It’s okay to start small on your first day, but you need to have what you want to accomplish for yourself, be it a daily or weekly target; setting a goal would help you work towards something and not get overwhelmed. A good example is setting out the first day of the week to be about leg day, while the following day would be about cardio. Of course, it doesn’t have to be in that order; that would be at your discretion, but it’s for you to know what you want for that day or week.
Any fitness coach or enthusiast would tell you this: Always start slow. Rushing into lifting the heaviest of weights or trying your hands on the treadmill for the first time and tuning it up at top speed is not advisable. Start small and embrace the principle of gradual process; remember, it’s not about how far, but also how well.
What we put in our bodies is very important to our progress. Staying hydrated and taking in the correct type of food is key to getting in better shape. If you have a fitness trainer, they can help you with what foods you need. A better option, however, would be visiting a dietician to get professional advice on what goes into your body while you work towards a better body shape.
Creating A Consistent Routine
Now, what are those body parts you want to work on for each day? It could be your glutes, your abs, or your legs. Have you got them outlined? If the answer is yes, then we are making good progress. Now you know what you want to do each day, the next step is to outline the right exercises for all these body parts you want to work on and then stick to them. Being consistent with your plan is the key to your success; it doesn’t matter if you do the plank exercise for just 30 seconds; with time, results will be evident, and that is what you want: Results. So make a plan, and stick to it.
Indeed, it’s impressive that you have embraced this new journey and set out to accomplish something for yourself. Now that you know what you want, stick to it and wake up every morning with the same burning desire you had the first day. If you don’t find yourself having that desire, that’s where discipline steps in to get you going even when you don’t feel like it. So go out there and start this year on a high note. GET FIT!!!
Johnson Chukwueke is a content and creative writer with over 3 years of experience as a professional. A microbiology graduate from the Imo State University, Johnson is a music enthusiast who also enjoys movies, reading, and swimming. He is a writer at THEWILL DOWNTOWN.