Are you pumped to start a new fitness regimen? The feeling of starting something new can be both overwhelming and exciting. Proper preparation is the best thing you can do for yourself – mentally and physically. Even if you are not new to working out, proper preparation when starting a new fitness regimen is still a great idea since a new fitness regimen can bring new challenges.
10 Simple Tips For Starting A New Fitness Regimen
What’s your motivation? Motivation is that “thing” that is going to drive you and will, of course, be different than someone else’s.
To stay motivated write it down, pin it up, or keep it on your phone. The idea is to put it somewhere where you will constantly see it and remind yourself to keep going.
2. Accept Failure
This fitness regimen is new to you remember? Maybe your fitness level improved so you are moving on to harder to do activities. Or you got bored and you are just trying something different.
Whatever the reason is for your new fitness regimen, just accept the fact that you may fail at it at first. This doesn’t mean you will, but doing something new means new challenges for your body, especially your muscles. So it’s OK if you fail at it in the beginning. Just pick yourself back up and keep trying if it’s something that you really want to do.
3. Be Patient
This may be similar to #2. If at first you don’t succeed try, try again. You may need to try your new fitness regimen a few times before really getting the hang of it. You also may need to give it some time before seeing results. The point here is to just be patient – don’t give up on your new regimen right away if you don’t see or feel what you expected.
4. Be Realistic
Are you really ready for this? You may need to evaluate, then re-evaluate the situation to make sure you are really ready to take on something new. You wouldn’t want to decrease your chances of success if the idea of this new fitness regimen is realistically far-fetched.
5. Be Humble
Since you are new, there are going to be other people that are more knowledgeable than you. This may be the instructor and/or others around you. With that said, don’t be afraid to accept guidance on how to execute an exercise properly or ask for help. The last thing you want to do is injure yourself. To make sure you succeed with your new regimen you want to learn how to do it properly and stay injury free.
6. Go Slow
This is similar, yet different, to being patient. You can be patient, but still not go slow. What is meant here is don’t rush a movement, an exercise. For example, if your new fitness regimen is running, don’t start off running at top speed. Start off with a slow jog, then gradually get into a run. You will have to adjust and determine how slow to go depending on what the new activity is, but your body will thank you later.
7. Be Ready To Celebrate Small Successes
Even the smallest of successes deserve recognition and celebration. Don’t get discouraged because you ended the week or the month a little short of your goal. Did you move towards it and not away from it? Then that deserves a round of applause and a big pat on the back! Small successes over time will turn into big ones.
8. Stay Hydrated
Not necessarily a mental preparation tip, but something that can easily be forgotten. Proper hydration is key. On a regular day, without physical activity, a recommended amount of water to consume is at least half your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 180 pounds, you may mostly likely benefit from drinking at least 90 ounces of water.
Once you add any type of physical activity into the equation your water consumption should increase. How much it will increase by will depend on the type of activity. Proper water consumption is very important as you may not be able to function at your best, mentally and physically, if you aren’t drinking enough.
9. Be Ready to Invest
You will need to be ready to invest. This means be ready to invest in the time it will take to learn a new fitness regimen as well as investing in the correct equipment for the activity in question. If you don’t have the time nor the money to get the right equipment, you may be setting yourself up for failure.
10. Be Ready To Rest
After all is said and done you want to make sure you are going to have the discipline to not push yourself to your limits and rest. This includes the right amount of sleep too, which will differ from person to person. Ensuring your body has the proper amount of rest will help you stick with your new regimen. You will be prone to less injury and you will be more alert.
What’s your number one way to prepare yourself when starting a new fitness regimen?