5 Simple Strategies to Start Your Fitness Journey
Starting is usually the most difficult part of everything you do. As a writer, I have a difficulty coming up with the first sentence of a piece. The same is true about fitness. While most people start with a lot of psych, the momentum tends to ease as they put in more hours. In fact, most fitness companies tend to do well in January and then see the momentum of their business go down. In this article, we will look at a few ways of starting your fitness journey and maintaining the momentum.
Commit Yourself to the Journey
Fitness is not a journey for the faint-hearted. It is a difficult journey that calls for blood, sweat and tears. It is a journey that many people have tried and given up on. Also, it is a journey that calls for a lot of commitment. You must commit to exercise according to your schedule. Most importantly, you must commit yourself to be consistent during your exercise. Therefore, I recommend that you be serious about when you are starting the journey. Have an accountability partner, like a friend or relative who will motivate you to go on with the journey.
Get a Good Trainer
It is easy to use the DIY methods of training. You can lift weights, run on the treadmill, and use a fitness bicycle. All these are good. However, if you need more specialized training, we recommend that you get yourself a fitness trainer. This could be a trainer in a gym that is near to you. Alternatively, you can hire an online fitness trainer. Today, the likes of Peloton, Mirror, XeniosFitness and fast internet have made it easy to operate using a trainer who is online based. Paying money to someone will motivate you to keep doing the workouts.
Share Your Fitness Journey
Social media has become the most important tool in the world of fitness. In the past few years, there have been concerns about whether it is right to share your fitness details on social media. I believe that it is a good method, especially when you are sharing with your friends. When you start a journey and share it with your friends, you will have the motivation to push on. You will be motivated not to disappoint them. So, go ahead and start your journey and share with friends.
A common mistake that I see regularly is that of people who start their journey with a lot of momentum. There is nothing wrong with that. However, you will have more chances of giving up when you start the journey very hard. To solve the problem, we recommend that you start the journey slowly. Focus on the bigger picture. If you are into press-ups, start with just 5 per day and then increase the momentum. If you want to run, start with a mile per day and then increase the momentum. Don’t overdo stuff.
Don’t Lose the Momentum
Also, you should never lose the momentum. I know many people who have failed to succeed in life because they lost the momentum. Whenever you lose it, there is no possibility of you recovering. You lose the momentum by changing your routine. For example, if you exercise five times per week, you lose the momentum by skipping the times you exercise.
Have an Accountability Partner
Another important thing that will help you succeed on your fitness journey is to have an accountability partner. This is someone who you have a close relationship with. It could be a friend, colleague at work, or family member. When you take the fitness journey by yourself, there are chances that you will give up along the way. We have seen many people do it and fail. When you have someone to partner with, you will find yourself exercising even when you don’t feel like.
Keep Track of Your Success
You need to keep track of everything that you do. The principle is to have a record of what you have achieved. For example, if you are a runner, you should write down the number of miles that you run every day. Today, you can simplify this by using the many mobile applications that are available. You can also buy the popular smart devices like Fitbit and Apple Watch. Having this record will motivate you every day to be better. It will help improve your fitness journey.
Don’t Give Up
This is a common phrase in many areas of your life. The reality is that fitness is a very time-demanding and complex exercise. It is also something you can give up very fast. Studies show that most people who start exercising give up within the first few months. The secret is to have the motivation of not giving up. Be inspired by many people who have managed to walk and succeed in the fitness journey. And there are many.
Make it Fun
A common reason why many people give up on exercising is that they make it a boring thing. They make it to be a routine. A secret to succeed in the fitness journey is to make every activity that you do fun. Enjoy some good music when exercising. Talk about it to family and friends. Take videos about it. While exercising can be tiring, you will see immediate results when you make it fun.
Fitness is a long journey. It is a journey that many people start enthusiastically but give up along the way. It is a possibility that you don’t want to be part of the sad statistic of people who give up shortly after starting. By following the nine tips that we have explained above, you will start to see immediate results. You will find a lot of joy waking up every day and hitting the gym. You will also find a lot of fun talking about your fitness journey to your family and friends. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.Written By: Sergios Charalambous