Starting with the right beginner fitness habits will ensure that your fitness journey produces the goals you desire.
You have probably heard it over and over, “no pain, no gain.” Nevertheless, fitness should produce the right kind of pain. And you must know the difference between good pain and bad pain.
Your desire for a healthy life should supersede the unrealistic and unreliable definition of a ‘hot’ body. But if you make the right choices a healthy life can produce a hot body as a side effect.
It is pointless for you to wake up early in the morning with dread for your workouts. So, it’s important that to choose a style of workouts that is both enjoyable and efficient. Sometimes the enjoyment comes from a sense of accomplishment after the hard work is done. I’ve always found joy from seeing if I can do a hard workout. But the workout itself isn’t always fun.
There are millions of websites, apps, and fitness coaches that might tell you otherwise, but fun should be the central determinant of the form of exercising you choose. If it is possible, diversify your routines. Furthermore, modify your workout routine to become a part of you, a part of who you are. Here are some ways to turn your fitness process into a habit.
Alright, here we go!
1. Set Daily Goals
Your mornings are the beginning of a potentially successful day, depending on your choices. Resolve to command your mornings to inspire the kind of progress you want. For instance, decide to drink an exact amount water that day.
Do not fall into the trap; trying to be extraordinary or comparing yourself to friends. Instead, be kind to yourself and set small and achievable goals. Compare yourself to yourself, and commend hard work over results. The results will come with hard work.
2. Embrace Consistency in Your Routine
Procrastination is a disease that will eat up your results (in all aspects of life). Set a workout schedule that fits your lifestyle and stick to it through thick and thin. Schedule it in your calendar as a meeting that you can’t miss.
It does not matter if you set meetings to exercise only two days a week. It is as simple as that, set the routine and stick to it. In other words, make it a part of you that is effortlessly enjoyable, and build on that.
3. Try Various Workout Routines
It is fundamental to test out what your body responds to, and find what you like. These workout tests will show you what will stick and what will not. I am a HUGE advocate for HIIT and CrossFit style programs, but I’d rather have you find something that you love and will do for years to come.
One thing to note, our bodies become immune to various activities over time. For instance, when you do squats every day, they eventually become less effective. That’s why I write my own program that is HIIT and constantly varied, so you keep getting results for a life time!
4. Get into Nature
Some of the most fun workout routines involve being outside. There are even feel good chemicals that are released in our bodies when we get into nature more often. So, you create a win/win for results and fun!
One thing I personally enjoy about workouts that are done in nature is that there is usually a “gear” component. For example, if you’re hiking or trail running you’ll want to find a good hydration pack by going to someplace like besthydrationpack.org. And you’ll definitely want to find some great trail shoes. This list goes on and on, and your experience usually gets better when you find the best gear.
5. Find a Workout Partner
Your partner does not necessarily have to go to the gym (or hiking) with you; but he/she will keep you accountable. And be someone that you can share your ups and downs with.
Your workout partner should be reliable like a coach. This could be a trainer or a friend with personal experience in fitness. Whomever you pick, remember, you can change this person if it isn’t working out.
Strive to be healthy regardless of age or gender. The course of your fitness journey is entirely up to you. Throughout this process, it is better to learn how to work hard and enjoy every setback and achievement.
Let me know if you have questions or need a kick in the butt! 🙂