Getting rid of any barrier in your way between you and your fitness goals that can help you live a healthy life is vital.
For some people, that barrier is sheer inexperience. If you’ve never really worked out before, it can be intimidating to start, especially with the prospect of going to the gym. However, it doesn’t have to be, at all. Here are some great ways to get into exercise as a habit.
For a lot of people, the apprehension about working out comes with the notion that gyms carry some kind of judgmental attitude. While that’s rarely true, it can be a mindset that’s difficult to get out of. For that reason, you should consider looking at a body weight fitness program you can do in your own home. That can help you build up confidence, and you may never have to go to the gym.
Follow along with a program
You might also feel a little nervous about working out because you don’t know exactly what you’re supposed to do. If you’re new, even to bodyweight exercises, then a little guidance can go a long way. You don’t need a personal trainer, however… It can be much more cost-effective to follow along with a training program, instead, especially one that will ramp things up steadily as you progress.
Put your running shoes on
Aside from those exercises that are easy enough to learn, with a little help, there are also those that most people are going to naturally know how to do.
Running very much counts amongst these. While you might think you know how to run, most adults have forgotten how and it can lead to injuries. But don’t worry, it can be easy to learn some simple ways to avoid running injuries.
It’s also wise to keep up with sites like Runner’s World that can help give you ideas on how to keep pushing yourself further as you improve.
For some people, the benefits of getting out in the fresh air and enjoying some calorie-burning goodness are attractive! But, your joints might hurt when you go running (due to year of poor technique). As such, a lower-impact exercise such as cycling can be a great alternative. Not to mention, being super fun. Sites like The Biking Apex give you plenty of tips on how to start cycling, from what equipment to use to how to choose fun routes. It’s certainly one of the easiest types of exercise to engage with, so long as you know how to ride a bike…
Having recently started mountain biking, I can truly say that it is a fun way to get an amazing workout!
For those who are more comfortable in the water, then the your local pool (or lake) offers a great option.
Swimming is one of the best cardiovascular exercises out there and, even if you can’t swim, there are some amazing programs that can teach you. Or can you hire a local coach.
With swimming you can lessen the impact on your joints, and get a workout that will burn calories very quickly.
Time to get started
Getting active and making your lifestyle one that incorporates more fitness is a learning journey for everyone. Don’t worry about not knowing the ropes. Everyone who you meet at the gym or through fitness groups had to start somewhere. And most and are happy to help you along your journey.
If you have any questions, we are here for you!