Last time, I talked about my own experience starting a workout program. Today, I want to talk about some of the reasons it has worked this long, and how a beginner can do the same...
1. What is your "why"?
You've probably made a decision to change because of a low point. Maybe you had a "rock bottom" moment. One of the keys to success is to always remember that low. If you remember that bad feeling, you can come back to it when you're tempted to quit the program and fall back into old patterns.
2. Don't do too much too soon
I had a lot of stops and starts as I tried to become a fitness fanatic. One of them was running. I had no concept of the right way to start running. I just ran as hard and as far as I could (which was usually half a mile- remember I was a smoker), then stopped saying, "Well, that was too hard. I'm done."
3. Find something you LIKE to do
Before I made the jump to a consistent fitness routine, I joined a gym. I went a few times, but I hated it. I didn't know what I was doing. My favorite part was the sauna. I never tried any classes, and just went and climbed the stair machine every day. Even now, I think I would get bored and quit if that was all I did! You have to find something you like, and look forward to!
I have particular video workouts that I really look forward to doing. Those are what keeps me going.
When I started, there weren't that many fitness videos available. There weren't even any on DVD! Now, there are a TON. You can dance, do martial arts, strength training, a combination- there are SO MANY options. I'll list some links at the end of the post.
Does the thought of working out at home with the TV by yourself make you cringe? Then find a group. Group fitness classes offer an amazing energy, plus built-in accountability. You make friends at these classes, and they notice when you're not there! Choose from Zumba, Turbokick, Bodypump, Hip Hop... there are many out there.
If you want to start a running program, check your local running store. Many of them offer group programs to help you go from beginner to 5K, or further. I've made lots of friends doing these programs.
4. Recommit Daily: Every day, remember your "why" (from number 1). There will be days that you don't feel like doing anything. On these days, do your best to do "something". If you're having days like this often, take a look at your program- you may need to choose something else. The best exercise is the one you'll do!
5. Stay accountable/motivated! The best ways to succeed at a workout program is to stay accountable and motivated. Find a support group. If you haven't already, I encourage you to come to my Facebook page, where you can meet other people who are interested in fitness.
Be sure to take your measurements before you start your program, so you can see progress even when the scale doesn't move. This will help keep you motivated.
Just take it one day at a time. Just tell yourself: "Today, I'll make the healthy choice". You can do it! I'm here to help!
Sites to check out:
My Beachbody Store - Beachbody is the company that creates workouts like P90X, Chalean Extreme, TurboFire, Hip Hop Abs, Slim in 6, Body Gospel... I am a Beachbody Rep and would love to help you find the right workout program from this great company if you like!
Collage video - Collage sells ONLY exercise videos. They also provide a short clip of every workout, so you can see what you're getting.
Videofitness - The video review site. You can search for reviews by instructor or workout type. Also, the forum is a great place to get information.
Couch to 5K - Here is the original Couch to 5K program if you would like to work up to running 30 minutes at a time.