Getting Started With A New Fitness Program
You’ve decided to embark on a new fitness program – that’s great! But we all know that fitness goals aren’t always easy to achieve. It will be alot easier to achieve your fitness goals if you start off the right way.
Use the following cheat sheet to make sure you have everything in place to turn your fitness goals into reality!
Do You Want To Achieve Fitness Excellence
First things first, you need to know what you want to achieve from your new exercise program. Do you want to lose a certain amount of weight? Do you want to get active so you can curb high blood pressure? Or do you want a bit more energy? Although you might not yet know how to achieve those specific goals, knowing the broad aim is important at this stage.
- Do you have a heart condition?
- Do you suffer from dizziness or do you regularly lose your balance?
- Are you on any medication?
- Are you obese?
- Are you recovering from, or have you recently recovered from, an injury?
- Have you experienced extremely fast, unexplained weight loss or gain recently?
- Do you suffer from high blood pressure?
- Have you been sedentary for over a year?
- Do you have any joint or bone problems?
- Are you pregnant, or having difficulty conceiving?
- Do you suffer from chest pain during physical exertion?
- Do you have any wounds that won’t heal?
- Are you over 65?
Hang out with your Doctor…
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, this doesn’t mean that you can’t start a new exercise program. However, it does mean that it’s a very good idea to visit a doctor for advice first. Go get a physical to see whether you’re fit to start exercise, or use this as an opportunity to speak to your doctor about what kind of activity would be good for you.
Even if you seem healthy, this could be a good opportunity to get everything checked over.
Now is the time to start learning about what it will take to meet your fitness goal. Take advantage of the wealth of free information online. It’s really important to understand the basics of nutrition and what makes up a balanced diet. Learn how this ties into your calorie intake and the specific goals you have in mind for your new fitness program.
Keep Track Of Your Food Intake
You can’t expect to get great results from any fitness program unless you’re also willing to work on your nutrition. Start by getting a new notebook and recording everything you eat each day, so you’ll be in a prime position to start cutting or adding calories if you need to. Don’t just note down what you eat, but try to become more aware of how much you eat. Many of us eat bigger portions than we need.
Tweek Your Eating Habits
Now is the time to create proper eating habits. Don’t skip breakfast, as it won’t do your metabolism any favors. Switch to healthy snacks if you feel hungry throughout the day, and try to drink more (the feeling of hunger is often simply thirst!)
Dress Like You Mean Business
Shoes will keep your joints protected when you’re working out, and it’s important to buy shoes specific to the kind of activities you’re planning to do. Running shoes are useful for low impact activities, walking and running. If you’re starting a new sport, buy shoes specifically designed for that sport.
And don’t think that you need to go out and spend hundreds of dollars on new clothes for your workout. Choose items of clothing that don’t slide around, fall down or chafe when you’re moving around. You may need specialist clothing depending on the activity, but usually some shorts and a t-shirt will do nicely. You can improve your workout wardrobe over time. For now, the most important thing is to get started.
Consider A Personal Trainer
If you really want to do this the right way, now might be the right time to talk to personal trainers. When you find one that suits you, work with them to create a fitness program that suits your lifestyle.
If you haven’t got one yet, it might be worth investing in a cheap MP3 player. Music and podcasts are excellent ways to pass the time when you’re working out. Simply purchase a sports strap so that your MP3 player stays firmly secured to your body (and protected from sweat) while you’re moving around.
Announce Your Goals
If you find it hard to keep yourself accountable, now is the time to tell your friends and family what you’re planning. You can even go online and join a forum with likeminded people for support, or start your own blog to document your fitness progress.