Common Problems: New Fitness Routine

by Jason Brennan | June 19th, 2013 | Fitness Expert

runningThere are many problems people run into when starting or re starting a fitness plan, whether it be a lack of motivation, knowledge, time, or available space and equipment. Finding a way to get through is the only way to make fitness part of your life.

The motivation factor. If you’re starting a fitness routine, then you already have some level of motivation. This is going to be the most important thing when it comes to sticking with a program and producing results. Keep whatever motivates you in front of you.

Goal setting. Set realistic goals, and obtain them small increments. If your goal is to lose 20 lbs, start with 2 then 5. The average person working hard on the right plan can lose 1 to 2 pounds of body fat per week. It is the same thing when it comes to exercising; if you want to run a marathon, you start with 1 mile. Every time you hit one of these small goals, it will make you feel good and help keep you going. “Nothing is as motivating as success.”

Where to start? This is the big question. The best way to put a new routine in your life is choose one that fits your goals, lifestyle, and schedule. Too many people try to force themselves to do or buy something because someone they know did it or it’s the latest fad. Remember, your results are going to come from consistent workouts. If it is inconvenient, too expensive, or you don’t really like it, you won’t be able to stick with it.

Some of your options might include a gym membership, personal or group training, or a home workout. All these can get you to your fitness goal as long as they work for your situation.

The gym. Many people join gyms every year with good intentions but then fall off the wagon soon after. The problem when you first walk in is you’re in a huge gym with tons of equipment and machines trying to decide what to do, so you do what you saw someone else doing or use somebody else’s routine.

Personal Training. Professional assistance is always a good idea when you are new to something. A good trainer will be able to (after a fitness assessment) design an individualized routine for you based on your goals and lifestyle. They will then teach you proper exercise technique; however, one-on-one personal training can be expensive. If you do decide to invest in a personal trainer, never hesitate to meet with a few different people, you want to make sure you find someone you feel comfortable with.

Group Training. This would include Boot Camp, Kickboxing, Yoga, and Total Body Condition type workouts. These are kind of in the middle of personal training and doing it yourself. You will get some help with your exercise technique and a good push, but the workout won’t necessarily be designed specifically for you.

Home workouts. This could include getting home exercise equipment, videos, or activities such as jogging, biking, etc.. Far too many people waste money on expensive equipment only to become an expensive clothes rack. The other problem with home workouts are the distractions: phone, kids, chores, the couch. Price wise this could go either way, as you can spend ten dollars or ten thousand. Working out from home can be the most cost and time efficient but also the toughest to stay motivated.

Once you’ve decided which plan is right for your goals, body, and life situation, do it, don’t wait!
Do it Right. Many people get hurt doing exercises with bad form, if you’re not sure or something doesn’t feel right then STOP. Learning proper exercise technique will help your results and keep you from getting injured. Talk to someone who you are sure knows what they are talking about or try a book or instructional video.

Nutrition is the most important part of changing your body. Eating healthy is extra important when working out; your body needs just the right amount of calories and more nutrients for recovering muscles. Adding a good nutrition plan to your new routine will help give you the results you want right away and motivate you to continue exercising.

If you’ve started a routine and are not getting the results you want, find help. A lot of people get frustrated and stop. You may be just missing something minor and easy to fix.Find a workout that fits you and you will be fit.

Remember above all else hard work and consistency will get you to your goals.

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