Believe it or not, starting a new fitness routine is not easy for everyone. Some people come from a long life of sports and being on teams, but many others have not. Starting a fitness routine, especially a group class, can be difficult if not down right intimidating. So what are some steps you should take if you are starting a new fitness routine? We’ve outlined a few below so you can shake those nerves and get started on you!
The best way to start is by understanding that you aren’t alone. There are many people out there who are wanting to start a fitness routine that are just as nervous as you are. It’s ok to be nervous, as long as you don’t let it get in the way of creating a healthier and happier life.
Finding a friend(s) to support the process is always great. However, be aware here. If you tend to have negative thinking friends, it may be best not to tell them. Evaluate your friends to figure out if they are going to be supportive or if they are only going to have negative things to say about your journey. If they are the negative type, you should then find a way to scratch them from your life. If people aren’t supporting you then they are against you and you don’t need those people in your life. *Side note – don’t rely on a workout buddy*
Find a gym built around community. Finding a place you are going to trust in helping change your life should not be an easy decision. You should search until you know you have found the perfect spot. Visit the classes, meet with the owners/coaches, ask people in class how they feel about the gym. If what you hear doesn’t excite you and make you feel as though they are not only members but also a supportive group, then keep looking. You will know when you find the right spot. Your gut will tell you everything you need to know, so listen to it.
Avoid the gimmicks. The greater the flash, the faster the pass. What does that even mean? It means avoid places that try to reel you in with gimmicky equipment or pseudo-science. The basics have worked for years. Resistance training + conditioning + programming that is driven towards a goal. Simple works, so never overlook something that is bare bones. Usually that means they know what they’re doing.
Starting slow is the best way to go about starting a new fitness routine. If you haven’t worked out in a long time, start with something simple like walking. Once you know you have the ability to commit, step it up to something with a little more intensity. For those wanting to go straight into the gym setting, be sure the program you start allows scaling for all fitness levels. Going in too hard too fast can cause some to flat out not return.
Most importantly, have a strong “why” or reason for starting. There is nothing more motivating than your own personal goals and why. Don’t do it for someone else, do it because you care about your health and wellness. Once you do that, starting a new fitness routine will be easy and you’ll never miss a day.