10 Tips for Starting a New Fitness RoutineWe all want to get in shape, look good, and feel great but starting a new fitness routine can be a bit of a challenge. If you are anything like me, you've given up quick and walked away LONG before seeing the desired results. These ten tips for starting a new fitness routine will give you the best chance at success.
- The best thing you can do when starting a new fitness routine is to set a goal and set it in stone. Find an event such as a 5k race and buy your ticket. Once you have a deadline and an investment you are more likely to work hard and stick to your new fitness routine.
- Have a goal that has nothing to do with being skinny or looking good. At the end of the day, we all want to look our best. Most of us just don't want it bad enough to get up and work out when the alarm goes off.
- Buy the right gear. Whether you are running or working to make it onto the local softball team, you need the right gear for the job. This helps prevent injury and keep you in the game.
- Eat healthy to make it easier for your body to bounce back after hard workouts by fueling with healthy foods and plenty of protein. While you are at it, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
- Do what you love. Your fitness routine is easier to stick to if you truly enjoy what you are doing. Make your fitness routine fun and you are more likely to stick it out.
- Get a friend to join you. Working out alone can be boring but when you get a friend to join you it is easier to enjoy your workout.
- Start slow when starting a new workout routine. By starting slow you keep from overdoing it and breaking your body down. An injury is a common reason people give up on new workout routines. It is easy to get discouraged when you hurt yourself trying to get into shape. Starting slow and steady will reduce your chance of injury.
- Switch things up often. Doing the same workout every day can get old fast leaving you wondering why you even bother. Changing your workout can help keep you engaged with your fitness routine. Along with keeping you interested varying your workouts helps to balance training through your entire body. When muscles are balanced in strength you are less likely to get injured from your workouts.
- Give yourself recovery time between hard workouts. Hard workouts take a toll on your body. Taking time to recover and filling up on what your body needs will help you get the most from your workouts. It can be tempting to push through without rest days when you are seeing results but you will see more results if you allow your body to rebuild.
- Get encouraged! Surround yourself with encouraging people. Post your goals where you can see them every day, and share encouraging quotes every day on your social media to encourage yourself and others.
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