Do you have Life Fitness? The fitness to do everything you want to in your life right now? What about 10 or 20 years from now? Or are there things you want to do – but aren’t quite sure your body is in the same place as your mind?
If you’re new to working out, starting a fitness routine can be intimidating. Or if you are coming back from an extended absence. It can be difficult even to know where to begin. Luckily, making the decision to get into shape is an imperative first step. Once you’ve committed to starting a routine, this advice can help.
Consider Hiring a Personal Trainer
If you’ve never stepped foot in a gym before and are completely unfamiliar with the equipment, hiring a personal trainer is usually a good idea. Yes, it’s an investment—but it’s worth it to have someone show you the ropes, explain how to perform exercises, and help you to feel more comfortable. Many gyms even offer a free session when you sign up. And – there are some personal trainers who will even come directly to your home or place of work!
Exercise with a Friend
If hiring a personal trainer is too expensive, try working out with a friend instead. Making plans with a friend makes it more difficult to skip enjoyouts, and if they’re more experienced than you, they can help you get started. Plus, you might feel more comfortable having a friend lead the way rather than a stranger.
Try a Group Class
Taking a group class can be an excellent way to dip your toes into the world of working out. One advantage is that there is a class for just about anyone. If you like dancing, try Zumba or Jazzercise. If you want to lengthen and strengthen your body, take a yoga or Pilates class. Most fitness classes are split up by level, so you can easily take a beginner’s class without feeling intimidated. Other classes might be more generalized, but instructors will offer modifications of exercises throughout the class to make them easier or more difficult.
Don’t Forget About Diet
Another mistake that people make when they start to move their body? Not putting the good stuff in. While exercising is incredibly important to both physical and mental wellbeing, your diet will play a much bigger role in whether or not you lose weight and tone your body. A straightforward first step is cutting out as much processed food and drink from your diet as possible. This will pave the way for you to add more lean protein, fruits, and vegetables to your repertoire.
One huge mistake that many people make when trying to get into shape for the first time is trying to do too much, too soon. While committing to work out seven times a week is admirable, it’s likely that you’ll burn out rather quickly. No matter how dedicated you are to your new routine, you’re not going to sculpt six-pack abs overnight. Developing and sticking to a fitness routine takes time, so it’s better to start small and work your way up to a more rigorous practice. It takes at least a few weeks to create a new habit, so be patient with yourself as you pursue this new endeavor. You’ve already taken the most important step—deciding to work out in the first place!
All of this will help you develop and maintain Life Fitness – so you can continue to enjoy every day!