Five Tips for Beginning Your Fitness Journey
by Kaitie Jacoby, NASM certified personal trainer
Everyone has to start somewhere when it comes to beginning a healthy lifestyle — but where is that somewhere? Investing your time and energy in a fitness journey can be both exciting and stressful. These five tips are going to help you jumpstart your fitness journey with ease.
- Keep in mind, only YOU know when you are ready.
You may purchase a gym membership with a friend or significant other thinking that you are going to motivate each other to get to the gym regularly, which is GREAT! However, you must personally be ready to take the steps to commit to going to the gym on a regular basis and stick to your fitness program. By ‘being ready,’ I simply mean you must have your own personal desire to begin this journey. Your own personal desire and motivation are going to be what drives you to stick with going to the gym and achieving results.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
We all have questions when beginning something new. There are no bad questions. Anyone in a green or black shirt at acac will be happy to answer any of your questions or show you how to use a piece of equipment. For one-on-one assistance to get you started, contact me to sign up for a complimentary personal training session.
- Realize everyone is different and everyone needs a different exercise routine.
Again, joining membership with a friend is great; however, it is important to realize you may have different goals, different ability levels, and different preferences when it comes to types of exercise. Don’t be afraid to go your separate ways at the gym. One of you may like taking group exercise classes while the other might like running on the track and lifting weights at their own pace. That is OKAY! Neither is right or wrong.
- Start slow and stick to a schedule.
When someone is new to exercise, I never recommend going in full force. Start small and work your way up. If you start by forcing yourself to go to the gym five days a week you may get worn out, sore, and frustrated. Adapting to exercise takes TIME. Be realistic when it comes to your work and personal schedule. Start by asking yourself what days and times of the week would be good for you to exercise. Pick one or two days to exercise in the first few weeks and write it in your everyday schedule! If you constantly see “gym time” written in your planner or cell phone, you are more likely to stick with it. Let your body get used to working out and then add more days to your routine.
- Have fun and reward yourself.
I know, I know… how can the gym be fun? There are SO many different types of exercise out there — you are bound to find something you actually like to do. Exercise is hard work and some days are easier than others; but, if you find something you like to do, chances are you will look forward to going to the gym more days than not. Set small goals and reward yourself for reaching them with things that will motivate you to continue your fitness journey. Doing so will set positive reinforcement that exercising is fun and rewarding.
Exercise can be fun for everyone. If you give yourself some time to adjust and find things that excite you to be active, I guarantee you will be on your way to success with reaching your fitness goals. Don’t forget: contact me for a complimentary personal training session and we’ll start your fitness journey together!