So you are at that point in your life when you are ready to make a change. Maybe you are ready for a better career, or you are ready to meet the person of your dreams, or maybe you just want to get off the couch. Whatever it may be, you know that the change is going to start with an exercise program. But where do you start?
What equipment do you need? How much time should you dedicate? AND what is the 1 thing you have to change in order to make it work? I’m going to quickly cover these points and hopefully help you get on the right track to starting your fitness journey!
To figure out where you need to start, you first need to determine where you are. Some of you may be able to look in the mirror and say, “I’m at zero”. For others, it is sometimes harder to admit, but now is the time to start telling yourself the truth. Take time to sit down and tell yourself where you’d like to see improvement, areas that bother you the most, and more importantly what you are good at and what you love to do. What you love to do can help dictate which route to take when choosing your training methods. Choosing the wrong path, could lead to an early retirement in your fitness journey.
If you enjoy group environments where others are there to support you, you will know to find something with a group setting. If you prefer working out alone, maybe a neighborhood gym or recreational center is best. When making this decision remember 1 thing. Never choose comfort over change. It is more important to get out of your comfort zone and start bettering yourself than it is to be comfortable and never change at all.
Let’s say you decide to begin your training at home. What equipment do you need to start your program? The answer is simple, none at all. Too many people go out and buy all of the equipment they see on TV. Your best bet, if you are just starting, is to start with a traditional running/walking & body weight exercise routine. Get into a habit of getting out there and moving around. Don’t buy all the new toys, play with them once, then leave them to collect dust. Prove to yourself you are serious first. Something as simple as walking 20-30 minutes followed by 3 sets of 10 push ups, 10 sit ups, 10 air squats, is a great way to start a routine. Nothing special, just plain and simple movement. Have kids? Take them outside and run around for 30 minutes a day. Now you can help change your life and your kids life at the same time. You don’t need state of the art equipment to get fit. You need dedication and commitment, plain and simple.
Let me guess, you don’t have enough time to exercise. Work has you so busy! You work 10 + hours a day (in a 24 hour day). You just HAVE to watch that TV show that comes on at night. And gosh darn it you deserve to just sit around and relax! Let’s make this simple. 30 minutes. Get outside and move around for 30 minutes 5 days a week. Eat lean meats and veggies. I don’t care what kind, just eat them. You don’t need an extra 2, 3, or 4 hours. You need 30 minutes and the ability as an adult to make the decision to not eat poorly. Very simple.
Now here is the magic pill. What is the 1 thing you must change in order to make this commitment work? You have to stop making excuses. No one is forcing you to live an unhealthy life. Each choice you make through the day is YOUR choice. Not your boss, not your wife/husband, and not your kids. You are an adult, you can make adult decisions to help better your life. If you have excuses, you will never succeed in obtaining a better fitness level that will allow you to live a happy and healthy life.
Get up, have an honest conversation with yourself about where you are in your fitness journey, get outside and start moving, and more importantly, rid yourself of the excuses and go live a great life.