As soon as you look in the mirror, a barrage of negative thoughts flood your mind, and suddenly all that resonates in the recesses of your mind is a tiny inner voice, whispering “overweight”, “Imperfect”, “unhealthy”. You swear to suppress this little voice and never let it rear its head again. Now that the dreary wet of winter is behind you, the hefty layers are off, and the tingle of the spring sun on your skin is finally starting to feel invigorating, it’s high time to turn over a new leaf yourself and start your fitness journey with a renewed zest. Here are a few tips to get you started:
Define Your Goals
Do you simply want to feel healthy, discover that clandestine six pack, or lose a massive 10 pounds? While the internet is sprawling with a flood of resources, it is hard to narrow down any until you know exactly the result you want to garner. If you look around, with a specific goal in mind, you would fare better in exploring tips and resources that best cater to your needs.
From healthy cooking tutorials to free Pilates and yoga lessons, someone out there has already done the research for you. Pick a channel or instructor you like and simply follow along. Every time you want to change your trainer or the program, you can simply switch channels. Start from beginner routines instead of chewing off more than you can bite, and subscribe for automated reminders.
Ditch The Equipment
The best equipment you could have is right under your very nose; your body, and it comes for free. Bodyweight fitness depends on your body as the resistance, alleviating the need for dumbbells or full scale gym, which you have to purchase. Start with routines focusing on simple exercises, such as stretching, squats, and pull-ups, before you amp it up a notch. The fancy moves can wait!
Get On a Budget
The dreadful “B” word is dreaded in any household, but the daily drudgery of tracking every cent to erect a stronger financial foundation can also apply to your fitness goals. Knowledge empowers you in every aspect, including here. When you educate yourself about what you are doing, what you are eating and how you feel, you could track your progress and goals in a much better way. There are even a host of excellent smartphone apps which help you track your daily calorie intake for free.
Take Your Hobbies Outside
If you are like 99% of people, you must love jumping on the couch for your favorite season after work. Instead of watching that much anticipated episode on TV, why not take it outside on your phone, grab a pair of headphones, and walk around the neighborhood? Do you love your moments of solitude? Instead of tossing and turning in bed, get kicking in the neighborhood pool at 7 in the morning. We bet it would be unoccupied.
Use the Time You Have
The biggest barricade to sticking to a healthy habit is the lack of time. While sparing two hours of your already jammed routine for workout or preparing gourmet meals at home is almost impossible, there’s much that you can do in the rest of the day. For instance, prepping meals ahead of time can reduce some of the fast food stores stop over’s, or climbing the stairs instead of the elevator is the perfect opportunity to shed a few pounds while enjoying the stimulating blood rush.