You’ve finally found an exercise routine that suits you. It’s an exciting new plan. After reading the instructions you feel you could stick to it long term.
This is the life style change you’ve been looking for. You’re motivated to get a little fitter and lose what should be muscle around the waist. It feels like the spare tyre from the boot of your car.
The day of the ‘new you’ arrives. You focus in and give it your all. You skip the beginner exercise routine, that’s for those who aren’t serious.
Starting at intermediate. You’re annoyed when you can’t get the steps correct. One of the exercises is running on the spot and you’re going for it. Sprinting like you’re up against world athletes.
Surely you should have lost ten pounds on effort and enthusiasm alone. You didn’t enjoy a single minute. You can’t see this being long term at all.
The following day you’re past sore. You can hardly move and when you do every muscle aches. You’ve over done it to the point of unhealthy. After a day of unrealistic expectations you have admitted defeat.
You forgot to start off small to continue big. Taking on the beginners exercise routine sounded lame. Your eagerness should be rewarded. Yet your attitude is unbalanced.
When starting a new exercise routine, think of the first couple of weeks as easing your way into new habits. Initially it should feel as if you haven’t done anything too strenuous at all. Slowly heading towards firmer thighs and tighter stomach muscles.When starting a new exercise routine, think of the first couple of weeks as easing your way into… Click To Tweet
The attitude for starting a new exercise routine.
Regardless of whether it’s a new gym class or a DVD exercise routine at home, be patient. Increasing your fitness along with your confidence starts one day at a time.
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The first session. Don’t expect to know the moves immediately. You get a full week to be able to laugh at yourself. You’re meant to be wonky and unco-ordinated. How can you expect to be the best at something you’ve just started?
Observe how good the instructor looks demonstrating that exercise routine. Aim to be able to mimic their every move in a month. Get your work out gear on. All you have to do is turn up and participate.
The second session. Can you recall any of the moves? Was there a part of the routine that you enjoyed or even dreaded? Remember the only expectation you have is turning up. Slowly starting to get better at what your instructor is doing.
The third session: Things are starting to get a little more familiar now. You know a lot more in this session than you did the first time you started. No pressure, you haven’t done a weeks-worth of exercise. Enjoy your clumsy struggle to get it right.
The fourth session: This may be in the second week of your new training schedule. What part of the work out do you enjoy? What parts don’t you like to do? What moves are you having difficulty with? You’re getting better right?
The fifth session: You’re breathing a little heavy and this increases your heartrate. Don’t stop now. In this session push yourself a little past that pain stage. That point when you’re hurting but able to do a little more.
On the sixth session: You’re familiar with most of the exercise routine. You forget a step every now and again. Reflect on how far you have come. There are moments where you get out of breath but can push through regardless.
Start off small to continue big.
Shake it up when things start to get boring and repetitive. If you’re doing yoga, try a dance class. Alternate between what you’re comfortable with and something new. Remember when beginning a new class expect to be un-coordinated when shaking your booty.
You don’t arrive at a gym 10 kilos over weight to look at the person who has been showing up for two years and feel let down. You get inspired. Maybe talk with them or find out what their tricks are.
Don’t watch those great looking bodies with envy. Acknowledge their hard work and sacrifices. We know they did not get there with a free ride. Well defined muscles are signs of hard work. Nobody ever arrives at chiselled.
They started off small and never gave up. Most gym junkies began where you are right now. With a dissatisfaction within themselves and an open mind. Looking for change wanting something more.
- Acknowledge that you’re starting out. Feel proud about where you are. You want change.
- Find a person in the class that you like and mimic their moves and attitude. Strike up a conversation with them. Show interest. Be real and honest.
- Being disheartened means you are expecting results far too fast.
- You’re not being realistic to want a six pack as soon as you start out.
The excuse of being self-conscious.
You’re smart enough to know that these beautiful people at the gym can be a little daunting or even intimidating. Sometimes they can make you feel blah about yourself. Go to that dam gym every day until you don’t feel scared or apprehensive. Face this fear.
Why not look upon those that are there and say well done. They put in the hours. Let them be your inspiration. You’re serious enough to be at the gym.
There’s not one athlete that will tell you every day was a good day. That they leaped out of bed with a positive mind set. What they did was committed themselves and remained focused. They pushed through the lack of motivation and the negative self-talk.
Your biggest challenge isn’t someone else. It’s the ache in your legs and the voice inside that yells can’t, but don’t listen. You just push harder and then you hear the voice whisper can and you discover that the person you thought you were is no match for the person you really are. – Unknown
Success is available if you want it. It’s not one of those feel good stories only destined for a few. Go after it as if your life depends on it. Remain committed; aware there are many hours of work with little reward or acknowledgement.
This is for you! Not your neighbour, family or partner. Those close to you benefit from this positive outlook. They witness a transformation so strong they are near knocked over by your new attitude.
You won’t second guess yourself. Dump doubt! Raising a steely determination that even your strongest nemesis (your mind) can’t penetrate.
When you begin too big with a whole lot of gusto, you can be sure that you will be burnout within two weeks. A steady pace to win the race.
Your first exercise session should be like playing dress ups. You get your work out gear on and turn up. You can’t expect to be an expert or get it right on day one. You only have to start.
Whether it be at the gym or in the privacy of your own home you can’t demand perfectly co-ordinated immediately. That’s why you start off small, consistent and persistent.
Always think of the beginning as a great excuse to laugh hard and loud at yourself. Stop thinking you’re a world athlete when you’ve been inactive for years.
Your ‘new you’ exercise routine may feel a little odd. As if you’re not doing anything. Yet there’s a massive amount of work going on. You’re committing to an exercise routine. Creating realistic healthy habits to remain on track long term.
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