You’ve finally started working out. You’ve been intending to start a workout regimen for quite some time, and now you’ve found the right motivation to do it.
What potential pitfalls do you face as you get started? How can you make it a regular habit that you do without even thinking about it?
In this article, we’ll discuss four problems that a lot of people face when they’re getting started.
Let’s dive in.
1. Setting Achievable Goals
We’d all like to transform our bodies overnight. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works. When new fitness junkies first start out, they might expect huge results in a short period of time. When those results don’t happen, it’s discouraging and leads to giving up.
Instead, set smaller goals to achieve that will keep you motivated. If you’re running, try to increase your distance a quarter-mile per week. If you’re biking, stretch yourself an additional mile.
By setting achievable goals, you’ll keep moving forward to your desired end result.
2. Staying Consistent
If you’re expecting yourself to do heavy workouts every day of the week, don’t. Instead, plan on working out three or four times a week and stick to it.
Take your days off without feeling guilty, but try not to miss the days that your workouts are scheduled.
3. Working Through the Pain
When you first start working out, your body needs to adjust. Keep working through it as best as you can.
Sore muscles are a sign that you’re stretching your body’s ability to deal with new stresses. It’s also a sign that your muscles are growing.
Typically, the pain won’t be at it’s worst the day after your workout. Day two will bring the most pain. Proper stretching will help a lot with the pain and allow your muscles to grow properly.
Get in the routine of stretching before each workout and the pain will be far less severe.
4. Having an All-Or-Nothing Mentality
This is an important tip. Sometimes, you just won’t have it in you on a given day to do the workout you planned. If you miss a day, it’s not a big deal.
Many new people in the fitness world get discouraged or “beat themselves up” if they miss a day. That leads to an all-or-nothing mentality that causes them to quit completely.
Working out is like any other habit. If you screw up once, pick yourself up the next day and keep going.
Congratulations On Getting Started
Starting a new workout routine is a big deal. It won’t be easy, but it’ll be worth it.
Your future self will thank you for what you’re doing now.