Some may wake up one morning, look in the mirror and think, ‘damn, I need to start working out ‘, especially with Christmas on its way and excessive winter eating… However, there’s so much more you need to think about before you immediately hit the treadmill and jump the rope.
- Consider what is achievable. If you’ve never really been into running, you can’t expect yourself to run for 20 minutes, five times a week. That’s both exhausting, and unhealthy – you’re not giving your body enough time to rest and repair the muscles.
- Get your workout goals in order – you should consider setting short-term, and long-term goals. Where do you want to be in a month’s time? Or even a year’s time? This is a great time to keep on track with your progress.
- Find a type of exercise you can get on with and gets on with you. Everyone is different, some prefer to hit the gym, some like to be in the privacy of their own home with YouTube workouts. Do some recon and try a bit of everything, see how you get on.
- Take your time. If you’re going straight in for an intense workout after not exercising for a while, it’s going to hurt! Start off gradually and slowly build up your workouts into a routine.
- It’s not going to be all sunshine and rainbows. Loosing weight takes time and patience. Over this time, you may experience days where your workout wasn’t as spectacular as you thought. But that’s okay, just take a step back and try it again. Try not to get into the habit of bailing on planned workouts, it’s difficult, we know that, but you’ve got to keep going!
- If you’re looking to lose weight and get healthier, consider healthy eating. Try researching different meal ideas that are both fun and nutritious, so you can still enjoy what you eat.
- It’s okay to take time for yourself. Being selfish and saying no to a night out isn’t the worst thing that can happen, especially if you’re taking the time to beast through your workout.
- Make sure you up the anti when your body is ready. When you first set out, you may lose weight quickly, but as you continue to work out, your body becomes adjusted to the work you’re putting in, so it may become easier to run a few miles for example. This is your body’s way of telling you you’re ready for greater things – now’s the time to add the extra weight, or go the extra mile.
- Give yourself a reward. If you’re sticking to strict meal plans, zero alcohol and no wiggle room for free-time, you’re bound to feel down in the dumps sooner or later. If you’ve had a good week at the gym or had a killer workout, make sure you reward yourself with something you like. Besides, you’ve earnt it.
- Make your mental health is your top priority. It’s all well and good if you’re doing your workouts to help battle your mental health, but if you’re having a hard day, remember that you’re doing great and it’s okay to take a day to yourself if you need it.
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