Get Started Today
Once people find out that I am a trainer I get asked “What do I need to do to start working out”. My answer to them is always the same no matter who they are; “Just get started and start off easy”. The biggest issue that I see with this question is that people expect to go from doing nothing to doing a hardcore workout routine. If you go in with that mindset you are more likely to fail because either your mind or your body will sabotage you. In your mind you know that you cannot do it and you really do not want to go through the pain. So instead of starting you talk yourself into not doing anything. Then when you finally go in, you work out so hard that you cannot move for the next few days and don’t go back in. Either way you are not helping yourself to start a program.
As I said before you need to start off easy. That could mean just going out for a 10 minute walk everyday or doing a body weight routine at home for 10 – 20 minutes. Now even with this your body will be sore, but it will not be to a point where you cannot do anything else. With this lower intensity your body will get acclimated to the stress of working out gradually and allow for consistent work. During this time your body will produce endorphins that will make you start to crave the workouts and be able to add more intensity and time to what you are doing. After that you will look for ways to get your workout in and that’s when the real results start coming.
For some social proof of this starting easy principle just take a look at sports. All sports have a pre-season period before the actual games begin. This is the time that the players take to get used to the rigors of their sport. You will never see a season start off with the playoff or championship games. It takes some time to get to that point. So, to sum it all up, to get yourself working out consistently you need to start today and start off with something easy.
Whether you think you can or think you can’t. You are right