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How to Start Your Fitness Journey - Lewis Robinson - Blog

How to Start Your Fitness Journey

Exercise is so essential for your health, so it’s important for it to be a part of your daily routine. With so many different types of fitness classes, myriad gyms and so many choices of sport, it can be hard to know how to get started. Here are some ideas to help you take the first steps on your fitness journey and ideas for how to stick with it.

Choose a Form of Fitness That You Love

First, choose a form of fitness that you love. Think about what times you’ve worked out in the past that you’ve really enjoyed and think about the exercises you’ve hated. What do the things you’ve loved have in common? What was so awful about the things you hated? There’s no reason to try and force yourself to run three times a week if the very idea of it makes you want to cry. 

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From this information, find common factors and find fitness routines that involve things that you love. If every time you’ve enjoyed fitness you’ve been outside, choose activities that allow you to be outside. This doesn’t have to involve traditional exercise either. Maybe every time you’ve loved getting your heart rate up you were dancing at a club. Then try zumba or a hip hop dance class. 

Don’t Be Afraid to Try New Things

You may need to try multiple exercises to find something you really enjoy. Be patient with yourself and know that it’s going to take time to learn how to use gym equipment and new fitness routines. It can be hard to feel like you’re not good at something. Acknowledge that this is a part of the journey and being a beginner is okay. 

Learn the Foundations

Really saturate yourself in the foundations of your sport. Learn correct form and start slow. Take weightlifting as an example. You may see someone at your new Olympic lifting gym performing a highly technical lift with perfect form and at a very heavy weight. Yet, when you touch the barbell it’s like you immediately forget where to even place your hands. This is frustrating, but having the beautiful form of an experienced lifter takes time, hard work and patience. Know that everyone starts at the beginning and be patient with yourself through the process. 

Reward Yourself at Set Milestones

To keep on your journey even when you feel frustrated, reward yourself as you go. If you’ve joined a swim league, reward yourself with a new swimsuit or goggles six weeks into your routine. If you’ve decided to take up Crossfit, purchase the sleek, athletic shoes all the athletes at your gym wear a few months after showing up for class consistently. The reward of new equipment will make you feel good and it will help tie you to your sport and the community surrounding your sport. 

Become a Part of Your Sport’s Fitness Community

Community can be important to getting started on a fitness journey as well. Connecting with others who enjoy the same sport that you do and working out with them regularly will make you want to keep participating. Even if it’s your one running buddy that you’re showing up for every week, knowing that person is counting on you will make it easier to keep showing up, even on the days you don’t feel like it. 

Sign-Up for a Fitness Challenge or Event

You can also try going to a conference or signing up for a competition in your chosen sport. Spending three days with other yogis or training for a big event will keep you motivated to continue on your fitness journey. This is especially true if the event leaves you with a t-shirt or swag for participating. 

These types of events are centered around community so they give you the opportunity to meet people outside your gym that enjoy the same thing you do. Plus, you’ll come home feeling refreshed and accomplished, knowing there are people who share the same fitness love as you. 

Fitness is so important, both to physical and mental health. Take the  first steps on your fitness journey today! 

Publish Date: June 9, 2021 4:42 AM

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