How to get started in a fitness journey when you are really unfit?
I didn’t start out being fit. I knew that I wanted to start exercising but just couldn’t seem to muster up the strength to start in the beginning. I couldn’t tell you how many times I would tell myself “today is the day” and then tell myself in the next sentence “tomorrow is the day!” As a young adult didn’t really seem to me as gratifying in anyway… Like who would want to get sweaty and tired for really nothing. (obviously not knowing the endless benefits)
Here are some simple tips on how to start your daily exercise habits, no previous experience necessary:
No need to commit yourself to 6 day a week regime with 2 hour workouts if you haven’t trained in a while, if ever. It could be a small gym routine online (I have a youtube account under Erin Crawford with plenty of FREE at home workouts with no equipment necessary), some stretching, yoga or a small walk in the great outdoors. Doesn’t really matter for how long you commit yourself as long as you try to set a daily habit. Could only be 5 minutes.
Comfortable workout clothes
Its not necessary to get tons of workout gear and spend a ton of cash. Just wear some comfortable clothes to workout in. Every evening before you go to bed, lay out your workout gear to either bring with you to work, or put on as soon as you get up in the morning. I find it to start ideal to workout in the morning so nothing mid day that can mess with you establishing your new habits.
Record in a workout log
After or during each workout write down what you did. Somethings could include, how you felt that day, exercises, weight lifted in each exercise, time of day, how long you trained for. Taking progress photos are helpful too. Its so crazy how you can change and not even notice it in the mirror. Be measureable and accountable. There are nothing like facts to keep you on track.
Listen to your favorite music to pump you up!
Nothing like some great beats to workout to or to get you into the mood of training. It sometimes seems like the time flies by before you know it.
Join a Fitness class
Training with some like minded people can really help. It can also help with keeping you accountable. Making friends with people with the same goals can really help you to be successful as well.
I hope that this will inspire you start your exercise habits into motion.