Starting a new successful workout routine -and sticking to it- can be daunting. If you're like most people, you have probably decided to finally start, or get back to exercising, multiple times throughout the course of the year.
You get a gym subscription and all the gym clothes but then you keep postponing your first workout and your gym clothes just stay in your closet waiting for you.
To help you fight this inertia and stop with excuses, whether you’re a beginner or returning to exercise after some time, here are 10 helpful workout tips to get you started:
1. Write Down and Journal Your Fitness Goals
Taking the time to understand why you have decided to start working out is absolutely crucial. Think about the future and what you want to accomplish. What is motivating you? Write down your goals and hopes for the journey you're about to start.
Journal daily the ups and downs on your path to better health, and if you like, take advantage of tools such as Best Australian Writers to help you out with the writing. Making yours goals are measurable is also very important!
2. Start With a Friend
A partner is the key to a good workout. Working out with a friend can also be good for your confidence. If your friend already has experience, then this is even more beneficial. An exercise partner will motivate you.
Make sure you pair up with someone who is going to hold you accountable and drag you out of bed on the days you do not want to work out.
3. Start Eating Eat Healthy
A key aspect of staying motivated with your workout and new fitness life is your nutrition. Developing healthy eating habits can really support your workouts. Get inspiration for recipes and advice about eating healthy right here on the Utzy Blog.
You can sign up to receive updates to the Utzy Blog here. You will know your diet is appropriate when you feel healthy, when you sleep through the night, have strong digestion, and feel energized by your workout.
4. Realize It's Not Going To Happen Overnight
There's no magic pill or series of movements you can do to start being fit after a short period. Embracing that it will take time for you to feel good and get in shape will help the process. Getting back to exercise doesn’t mean making up for lost time or setting unrealistic goals for weight loss.
It is also important that you understand it may take longer for you than for others to achieve your goals. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is comparing yourself to others. When you compare yourself to other people, you’re setting yourself up for failure.
5. Invest in Quality Fitness Gear
Make sure to get some really great workout clothes and equipment to make your exercise experience as rewarding as possible. There are plenty of options out there so find something that makes you feel good about yourself, strong and confident instead of that old T-shirt you found at home.
In addition to clothing, you can also invest in quality fitness gear like a high quality kettlebell. You can get an amazing workout in, right at home!
6. Have A Workout Schedule
Having a regular schedule is absolutely crucial when it comes to working out. This helps you maintain a routine and incorporate exercise into your day-to-day life. Determine how much time you can commit to exercise and then commit a certain time during the day to your workout. Also make sure you develop a schedule that is efficient and appropriate for your lifestyle.
A good daily schedule starts with having a morning routine. Click here to learn how to create a morning ritual
7. Drink LOTS Of Water
Be sure to hydrate yourself the right way when working out. An enormous quantity of water is lost while you work out so pay attention to the amount of water you consume and how much you need to consume after exercising.
Make sure you always have a full water bottle handy when working out and drink whenever you feel thirsty. If you were not getting enough water during workouts before, you will really notice a difference in how much better you feel.
8. Think Outside Of The Gym
Exercise doesn’t necessarily mean doing a million workouts at the gym. If you think the gym membership is too expensive or you just don’t like gyms, you can exercise by going for runs, joining a yoga class, cycling, or swimming.
If these are not working for your or it is cold or rainy you can still get in a good workout at home. There are no excuses when you can exercise in the comfort of your home. There is a wide range of at home exercise routines available online that do not require any gym equipment to help you break out a sweat. Here is a link to some home workouts.
9. Remember To Stretch
Your cool down is crucial for both mental health and muscle strengthening. Stretching is a vital part of any workout, it improves your flexibility and decreases the potential for an injury.
You can find helpful stretching tips and tricks here.
10. Allow Yourself To Recover After A Workout
What you do immediately after a workout affects how your body reacts and responds to all that hard work. Make sure you listen to your body, get healthy food and enough rest between workout sessions to allow your muscles to recover. A key to workout recovery is fish oil and magnesium, which we have in our Recovery Bundle here.
Once you get started with regularly working out, you’ll feel the physical and mental benefits of it very quickly. Remember that you are doing this for yourself, plan, stay motivated and allow yourself to recover. Use these tips to help you ease in and your workout sessions will be extremely rewarding.