If this title caught your attention, you either haven’t worked out in a while or EVER. And we all know getting started is the HARDEST part. So what are some things you can do to make it easier? Here are 3 helpful suggestions:
Don’t make the mistake of joining a gym that’s both far from work and far from home. You might think the monthly membership is a good motivator to actually go, but unfortunately it’s NOT. In fact, the gym business model is based on the premise that most people will pay the monthly membership and never actually go. Having to commute to the gym will only make it that much harder for you to motivate yourself to go. Try to join a gym that is either close to your home or close to your job or if you’re lucky you might be able to find one that’s close to both. If your gym is close to either or both, the chances of you going are much higher because you can make it part of your normal daily routine, as opposed to having to find the time to squeeze it in (we all know how easy it is to make an excuse against that!)
Another mistake people make when trying to get into working out is not making a concrete plan for it. If on Sunday you tell yourself you’re going to work out this week, you have a whole 4 days before Friday of excuses to put off your work out for the next day. Before you know it, it’s Friday and then you tell yourself you’ll go during the weekend. Chances are, if you didn’t go all week, you’re probably not going to motivate yourself to go on the weekend either. Make a real schedule for the days you will work out. And don’t just think about it—actually make an appointment in your calendar for the time and day you plan to go, with an alert! Having the visual reminder of it will plant the seed in your head that you ARE GOING. And if you are someone who lives by your calendar, if something comes up that might conflict with your scheduled workout, you may decide to take rain check, because you HAVE to work out.
Another mistake most people make is trying to jump into a rigorous workout routine right away. Be patient! Don’t try to do too much too quickly as you will burn out quickly or worse, you could injure yourself, which will only delay getting in shape even longer. Start with suggestions 1 and 2, then give yourself 2 weeks to adjust to your new routine. I suggest only scheduling 2 days the first week then 3 the next. And tell yourself you’ll go for 30 minutes each day. Start with some light cardio, just to get yourself going. At this point, it would be wise to take advantage of the complimentary personal training session all gyms offer when you join, just to get yourself acquainted with the equipment and learn some exercises. Of course everyone should consider working with a personal trainer at some point to learn how to work out properly, but if you’re just looking to get the basics, tell the trainer that and ask them to put together a simple routine for you. Or if you’re ready to work with a trainer read my 5 Ways to Pick a Great Trainer blog, to get some helpful advice.
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