Health and fitness advice from the expert personal trainers in Cardiff.
When you have the realisation that your health and fitness is deteriorating and you’re watching the scales go up each year, it’s inevitable that you are going to think about joining a gym or making some lifestyle changes to improve your health.
If this is you then great! You have taken the first step in realising that something has to change.
Now it’s the second step which is actually the hardest part… and that is getting started.
I have trained many clients past and present who had taken the first step in realising that they must improve their health yet they didn’t take the next step and actually get started for a further 12 months! This is sometimes even longer for people who are completely new to exercise.
So why the long wait before the next step?
There can be a combination of reasons why people don’t take action on it, but it all really boils down to them being afraid:
• Afraid of stepping into the unknown
• Afraid that people will stare at you
• Afraid that it will be too hard
This is why it takes so long to get started, as you have to overcome those fears before you take the first steps.
And I’ll be completely honest with you, YES it is scary!
But that is also why it’s so important to have a more personal approach to ensure you can overcome those fears.
Today’s blog outlines the exact steps that we use at B Fit to get our newbies into a habit of regular exercise. So if you’re a newbie and you want to get started with an exercise regime then this will be the perfect starting point for you.
STEP 1: Tell the people close to you that you’re thinking of starting an exercise program
It’s vital that you get support from the people around you when you make a lifestyle change. Explain how you’re feeling and the effect it is having on your life and you will be surprised by the level of support that you will receive.
PLUS this also adds a level of commitment to starting an exercise program so you are much more likely to get started.
STEP 2: Start slowly and for the first few weeks focus on this ONE thing – TO TURN UP
The first few weeks is all about getting comfortable in a new environment and easing yourself in gently. If you’re not comfortable there then you will likely not show up and that’s no way to make a habit of exercise. Your goal when you start is to simply be present.
STEP 3: Keep it low intensity for at least 2 weeks
Doing too much early on will likely see you ache for a number of days. If this is new for you then it can sometimes be enough to see you fall at the first hurdle. Don’t be afraid to keep the workouts short and low intensity until you have a little bit more confidence. This is just the start remember.
STEP 4: Increase activity levels away from the gym
Simple changes to your everyday life are huge when getting started with an exercise program. Simply walking to the shops or taking the stairs instead of the lift can really feel like a quick win and it will get you feeling positive and in the right mindset to continue.
STEP 5: Ask for help
You have already taken the first giant step of actually walking into the gym. Now it is the time to ensure that you’re doing the right activities to achieve your goals. Be sure to speak to the fitness professionals who work at your gym so they can put a plan in place for you. It will save you a lot of time trying to figure things out for yourself.
If you have been contemplating starting an exercise program then be sure to follow these 5 steps to get started.
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