So, you’re a complete fitness beginner. Don’t worry! Every single person had to start somewhere. Nobody was just ‘born’ fit, or with the knowledge to get the body that they wanted. Every Instagram model you see, and every person who looks amazing in the gym, all did the things in this guide to get them to where they wanted to be. You can’t compare your chapter 1 to somebody else’s chapter 20, so stop comparing yourself right now! Read on if you’re ready to get started on one of the most exciting journeys you’ll ever take…
Change Your Mindset
You can’t get fit if your mindset is in the exact same place as it has been your whole life. The things we think actually influence us in ways we can’t even comprehend. This means if you think things like, ‘I will never look like that’, or ‘that’s too hard’, then you’re already setting yourself up for failure. You need to change the way you think and feel so that you know deep down with a little hard work and patience you can get to where you want to be. Do whatever it takes. Read books, listen to podcasts, and practice repeating affirmations daily. They really do help!
Learn As Much As You Possibly Can
If you don’t know why you’re supposed to be doing certain things, it’s unlikely you’re going to stick to any new routine. Learn what foods you should be eating, why, and when you should be eating them. There are so many YouTube videos from experts that can help you. Learn why we do certain types of exercise, and what they do for the body. The more you learn, the better prepared you’ll be to set up a routine you can stick to. You won’t give up, because you’ll know what’s happening behind the scenes!
Be Prepared To Spend A Little Money
Although you don’t need to spend a fortune, you do need to prioritize your health enough to spend a little money on it. This could mean getting a gym membership and making sure you have fresh veg to eat every day. It could mean purchasing a plan or guide to help you reach your goals. But before you rush out to buy a bikini body guide program, make sure you read reviews first. They aren’t all created equal, and they vary wildly in price.
Use Apps To Help You
There are so many apps you can use to help you reach your fitness goals. There are apps that can time you working out, so you get the perfect HIIT or Tabata workout in. There are apps that can track your food, so you know exactly what you’re eating. Have a look on the app store and see which apps could help you to reach your goals.
Give Yourself Realistic Goals
The key to reaching any goal, is to make it realistic. You don’t want to stop yourself from doing your best with limiting belief systems of course, but you do want to make sure you can say you’ve 100% achieved the goal. For example, a ‘bad’ example of a goal would be ‘lose 1 stone’. This is because you aren’t really outlining what you’re going to do to lose this stone, and you haven’t given yourself a time goal, which will make your motivation stronger. However, it must be realistic. You likely won’t lose a stone in a few weeks or a month. You need to give yourself time. Not only will this make it healthier and a little easier, it’ll also ensure your results are longer lasting. So, your new goal would be something like, ‘lose 1 stone by going to the gym 4 times a week for 2 months’. Your goals might even look something like, ‘do an unassisted pull up’. Write a list of them, and don’t think that they have to all be aesthetic related. They can be purely fitness and performance related too!
In order to keep yourself motivated, treat yourself well for sticking to your new routine. However, make sure it isn’t with a huge chunk of cake! You can treat yourself in so many other ways. You could simply pamper yourself and have a hot bath, or buy yourself some new gym gear. New gym gear is a great way to feel amazing while you’re in the gym and stick to your routine.
Make Sure You’re Balanced
Balance is absolutely essential in any fitness routine, and is one main reason so many people fail to get fit and stay fit. They deprive themselves too much and hit it hard in a short amount of time. This leads them to giving up and then undoing all of their hard work. Let yourself have treats here and there, as long as they don’t tip the scale. Make sure you take rest days. The more realistic you can be about getting fit, the better you’ll do.
Finally, consistency is the most important step in any fitness routine. You need to be in this for the long haul. If you can’t see yourself doing this forever, then it’s unlikely it will last. Get into the habit of working out and eating right, and it’ll become second nature to you. Keep going, even when results are slow. Don’t let naysayers put you off either! There’s no way you can’t meet your goals if you do all of the things outlined in this guide. Of course you need to be prepared to do this for months before you see true noticeable results. Even then, it can take years for you to change your body the way that you want it to. That being said, it’s all going to be worth it in the end.
After the first couple of weeks, your new fitness routine will be second nature to you. You’ll wonder why you didn’t start sooner when you see how amazing you look, and how confident you feel!