If you’re getting ready to, or have recently kick-started your journey into fitness—whether it’s new a strength training program for the first time, finally lacing up your running shoes and hitting the pavement, or taking the plunge into a group fitness classes like boot camp or CrossFit—there’s likely a little voice in the back of your head giving you doubts.
The voice might make you wonder if you can really do this—are you really prepared? Do you really know what you’re doing? Will you really succeed & reach your goals? These doubts are very normal & simply come from the fact that you don’t have experience with what you’re about to do and are worried there’s too much you don’t know. To help ease these doubts and make the transition into fitness easier, here are a few important things we’ve learned throughout our 25 years in athletics & fitness.
There Will Be Days You Just Don’t Want To
The truth is, you won’t always be inspired. Motivation comes and goes, even for the most fit individuals, and that’s completely OK. Normal even. Embrace it. Realize that you can’t rely solely on motivation to carry you through your journey. You need to have faith & trust the process. Consistency will breed results & results will make you stronger both physically & mentally.
Finding Your “WHY” Is Key
Find your why — something that isn’t about impressing others or looking good at your reunion. Those reasons won’t get you out of bed to hit your 6am workout. Ask yourself why do you want to exercise & what goals do you need to accomplish? How will you feel when you achieve those goals? Will you be more confident? Will you have more energy? Will you be able to be more active with your children?
What ever it is, find it, hold on to it & remind yourself of it when you feeling like skipping a workout or giving up.
Progress Won’t Always Be Linear
It would be great if your results were just a straight line that went up, up and up. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Understand that you’ll progress much faster at certain times than others. Again, this is normal. Don’t give up the fight. Just as things seem to slow, you need to trust that they’ll pick up again. Learn the difference between slow progress and stagnation. If it’s been four weeks or longer without any results, don’t keep doing the same thing – in terms of load & intensity – over and over again hoping for a different result. If after four weeks you aren’t seeing progress it’s time to re-evaluate & change things up.
Seeking Guidance & Support Will Help
Don’t be afraid to ask others for support. Benefit from the experience of others, whether this is a personal trainer, friend who’s more fit than you, or someone you know online who is an expert in the area you’re trying to improve. Failing to get the help you need could be the one thing that causes your progress to stagnate. Don’t be shy or embarrassed about it. Reach out and you’ll be glad you did.
Rest Is Key
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the great changes that are taking place, and you might want to work out every single chance you get. Unfortunately, this will likely result in slowed progress, burnout, illness or injury. Rest is a vital component in the process of getting fit. Learn this now or you’ll be forced to learn it later when you’re sidelined due to fatigue or injury. The choice is yours.
So keep these quick tips in mind. As a beginner, you’re forming the foundation upon which you’ll view fitness and everything involved with it. Make sure you make that foundation a positive one.
If you need guidance & support we’re here for YOU at Synergy Fitness.
Call or email us today to schedule you’re Free Intro Session. We’ll take the time to meet with you & get to know more about you and your history, asses your fitness level, and give you our professional recommendation for the best program to meet your goals, priorities & lifestyle.