After a period of time without working out, perhaps years, you purchased those new running shoes, the trendy dry fit t-shirt or maybe a pair of stylish workout leggings. You’re now ready to get back to it and get in shape. I know you’re highly motivated but a word of caution. Take things slow and be safe about it. The vast majority of exercise related injuries are caused when people try to do too much too fast – trying to pick up where they left off. Don’t derail your fitness plans just as they are getting started. Remember slow and steady wins the race!
There are a couple of ways to prevent this jack rabbit start and to help you stay motivated. Probably the best way to help you to regulate your workouts and to help you prevent injuries is by setting goals and flexible schedules. The primary way to keep you on your workout regimen is to set goals for yourself. Take time to develop achievable goals. These goals can be certain fitness levels or weight loss. Make them realistic. Have short term goals and long term goals. As an example, if you are trying to lose weight – set a goal of losing 1 pound a week for a short term goal and a larger amount for the long term goal – 15 pounds in 5 months.
Another example might be a fitness goal. For a short term goal you might set a goal of walk/running for 15 minutes 3 times a week. The long term goal might be to be able to run for 30 minutes without stopping. An even more advanced goal might even have a distance and pace goal. Make these goals achievable and incremental. This will help prevent injuries by going slow while at the same time it will help you stay motivated as you achieve the short term goals and later the long term goals.
Form Healthier Eating Habits
If you are haven’t exercised in a while or you have never tried lose weight or change your eating habits consider consulting General Practitioner, especially if you have any known health problems. This will make sure you are staying safe and not doing something that can cause you greater health issues down the road. The second way to regulate your workout is to develop a schedule. This can help you visualize your overall fitness plan over time. Following it can also aid you in doing too much or too little.
Partner Up & Keep Logs
Additional ways to stay motivated is by having a workout partner or coach. This can be someone that works out with you or just encourages you to stick to your goals and schedule. If you are a music or gadget person you can listen to music through your iPhone or even a smart watch. A smart watch is also a great way to track your weight, your heart rate and your work outs. This will allow you to see improvements over time or areas where you can focus additional training.
Stick To What Works For You
Find what works best for you. If buying the best workout clothes or a new pair of running shoes or the latest smart watch help you to stay motivated and on goal, and if you can afford it – then go for it! If working out with another person or having a fitness coach keeps you on track then do that. The workouts do not need to be something rigid or strenuous either. Do something that you really enjoy and you are more apt to stick with it. Get out there – Get moving – Stick to it!