Starting Your Fitness Journey
A problem that people have when beginning their workout journey is knowing actually how to start their journey. This is a widespread situation to have to figure out. Something that even I had to sit down and try to come up with a solution to. Fortunately, it is a lot easier than you may think!
The first thing you want to do is come up with a primary goal. Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to gain weight? Do you want to be able to run faster? Do you want to be very lean and cut? There are many different routes to take when choosing a goal, so it is something you should choose wisely and commit to. Now that you have decided on a plan, it’s time to do some research. You need to figure out what type of foods you need to eat and what kind of exercise will best help you achieve these goals. Believe it or not, every single purpose does not just involve eating veggies and running, so that’s why it is crucial for you to figure out what work you need to put in. Finally, you need to make a schedule and commit. Laying it out and visually seeing how many days a week you can fully commit to your mission is way more helpful than you may even be able to imagine. It not only reminds you when you need to get work done, but it also helps you hold yourself accountable.
Beginning your journey to living a healthier lifestyle can be extremely fun and exciting. But at the same time, it can be very confusing and frightening. Questions may begin to arise such as:
- How many calories should I burn?
- How much money is it going to cost?
- Should I only eat fruits and vegetables?
While these are common questions, I am here to give you some tips and instructions that help me when I was first beginning my journey.
1. Replace your snacks with healthy alternatives.
Everyone loves snacks. They are easy, tasty, convenient, and addictive. So that why simply not eating them is almost impossible. So, what I did was just replace my favorite snacks with healthier alternatives. The perfect example of something I did was just simply replacing the original Lay’s potato chips with the baked version. Replacing your favorite snacks with a healthier alternative will make a larger difference than you’d expect.
2. Make a set schedule.
I have found over the years that the best way to hold myself accountable is by having a set schedule. This has allowed me to adjust to the new changes better and allowed them to start feeling natural. Somethings I include on my schedule are when I work out, when I make meals, and when I go to bed. I then make sure to follow this routine every single day to the best of my ability. This allows you to hold yourself accountable.
3. Make sure to have fun.
One of the most important things I eventually realized is that it is possible to enjoy yourself and have fun while living healthier. I realized this when I found out that I do not have to do the things I do not enjoy doing. An example of this is running. I hate going for long runs, but I felt like I had to do it in order to be healthy. Once I realized this was not the case, I cut it out of my plan immediately and I have loved working out ever sense. It can also help if you invite others to join you on your journey! Having someone there going through the struggles with you always makes you more motivated.
© 2022 Marcus Shaw