If you’re thinking of starting a new fitness regime this spring, these 10 tips can help make sure that you reach your goals. It is important to have the mindset that regular exercise is an important part of living a healthy life.
1. Make Your Workout Worth It
If you want to get the most out of your workout, you need to remember that around 80% of the results that you get from your workout actually come from just 20% of your workout.
That means that in an hour’s session, only 12 minutes of the workout will contribute to the bulk of your results. You need to make those minutes really count. Use compound movements that work more than one muscle group at a time to really make the most of your time. A good example of this is High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).
2. Remember To Eat Healthy
Any shaping goals can only be achieved by eating a healthy diet rich in organic whole foods. If you’re going to the gym so that you can go home and eat a double triple cheeseburger with a 2-person serving of French fries, you won’t do your body any favors. Eating this way will also derail your goal towards a healthy lifestyle.
You should make sure that you eat in moderation, and remember that if you’re burning off more calories, you will need to eat that little bit more so that you have enough energy. Balance your nutrition and avoid processed foods and sugar.
3. Change Your Eating Habits
You need to make sure that you eat properly as well as eating healthily. Eating properly includes eating at the right times of the day. Skipping breakfast is a really bad idea and you shouldn’t eat too late in the evening either. Speak to a nutritionist about what would work for you so that you can achieve your goals.
4. Plan Out Your Routine
To make sure that you know just when you’re going to be working out and when you can look forward to some downtime, you really should come up with a plan. Remember to include rest days and be realistic about how much time you can make free.
Remember to stick to your schedule as much as possible so that you don’t slide into the habit of skipping the gym and make your targets achievable. The best way to do this is to schedule an appointment with yourself every day so you can stay on track to your goal.
5. Make A 100% Commitment
You need to remember that your body transformation needs complete dedication from you. You can’t skip a day or two here and there because you feel as though you deserve it. Plan when your rest day will be and stick to that. Even if you have a vacation planned, check out the local gym, and make sure to take an hour out of each day to continue to work out. Keep up with the healthy eating too.
6. Don’t Let Preconceptions Put You Off
It’s easy to look at a female bodybuilder and suddenly panic if you’re a woman who is trying to lose weight and develop a petite and slender figure. Be realistic with what you have to work with.
The reality is that it is virtually impossible for women to bulk like that; it requires a particular plan and effort. When you start comparing yourself to others, this most certainly will lead to frustration and failure. Look at what you have achieved to keep you on the right path.
7. Keep It Simple
You should remember that you are only starting out with fitness. In order to avoid injury and to avoid putting yourself off continuing with your training, you should make sure that you familiarize yourself with the basics first.
Start off with some shorter sessions and then expand your workout as you become more confident and as your fitness, levels start to rise. It is important to note here as well that over exercising or under exercising can work against you. Finding balance in your exercise routine can help lessen stress and frustration.
8. Prepare For Your New Routine
Make sure that you make yourself available to workout and have a rough plan of how you would like your workout to go. You need to come up with some realistic goals too. So, if you want to improve your muscle mass, aim to achieve some muscle definition within 6 months or if you would like to lose 10 pounds, make sure that the timeframe that you set for yourself is achievable.
If you don’t know what your targets are, then you won’t have a goal to work towards.
9. Remember Cardio
So what about cardio? You can’t reach your goals only by lifting weights. You must remember that while you’re working out, you should fit in a good amount of cardio.
If you’re already carrying excess weight, you need to make sure that you burn off the fat by doing frequent cardio and eventually the muscle will start to show through. Cardio can be simply going for a walk at a rapid pace. You don’t have to run, which is hard on the joints and back.
10. Use A Visual Inspiration
It is very helpful to have a visual inspiration to keep you motivated to lose weight. Try performing a Google image search to find photos of people who have a body shape and size similar to your own ideals. Print out healthy food images and recipes.
Print out the image or images and display these where you will see them all the time, for example near your work desk, on your car dashboard or on the fridge. This will ensure that you have a visual goal that will keep you motivated every single day!
You can do it! The first obstacle is believing in yourself and what you are cable of.