Sometimes we can get overwhelmed with all there is in the fitness industry. There are THOUSANDS of workout machines, probably more types of classes or workouts, and even more trainers telling you something different on how to lose fat or gain muscle, and a small percentage of them, telling you how to move better:) This can be somewhat confusing, and get you so stacked up that you don’t know where to start, and end up faltering at the get go, or not starting at all.
Since there is all the mixed signals, I’m here to help. Here’s a simple question if you are just getting going on your “fitness journey” or whatever you’d like to call it. Are you ready for this? This question is one that most people answer anywhere from “most of the time” to “when I can” and above and below each response. Here it is: Are you exercising with a purpose at least 3 times a week?
If the answer is no, what you need to do is start doing that for at least a month, and then refer back to this. If you are, you are on the right track. Taking one step at a time is probably the best option for making a habit. Just make a commitment to yourself to show up 3 times a week, with a plan. Or a plan laid out for you. Once you get that going, you’ll have a much easier time adapting to other new habits you wish to form.
Is 3 times a week easy? No. I’ll say it’s not. Does it SEEM easy? Yeah. Easy enough. Anyone I’ve ever asked if they could commit to 3 30 minute sessions a week always says “yeah, I can do that” and generally they say they can do more. Then, when it’s time to put that plan into effect, all of a sudden things come up. Are those things that persons fault? I have no idea. What I do know, is that whatever happened took priority over exercise. That is a fact that cannot be argued. Now it’s a matter of asking oneself was that something that SHOULD have been prioritized? And what should exercise be prioritized over? TV? Laying on the couch? Facebook? Reading blogs (other than this one)?
Here’s the plan. Find an hour each day that works for you. Completely block it out. That’s 7 hours a week. You are only asking yourself for an hour and a half of that. Each one of those hours, plan on working out. It could coincide with a group workout at your gym, some free gym time, or just to walk your dogs. It is up to you how you schedule this. Now, when you get to that hour, do exactly what you planned. Work out, go for a walk, strength train, etc. Do NOT find something else to do. Do NOT sleep in. Do NOT say you’ll get to it at the last half hour of the hour. You cleared that hour out for a reason. If you get a phone call that says you need to rush somewhere for an EMERGENCY, sure, you’ll lose that hour. But you won’t lose the other 6. Now, unless you are the unluckiest person in the world, you’ll still get your allotted time you need to exercise.
It’s a very simple plan that ensures for even when things come up, you do the minimum required work for change. Don’t underestimate the intensity of the work you’ll have to do to incite change within your body. just because you walked around for a half hour with your dogs doesn’t mean you are going to turn into an Adonis. You may not even lose any body fat depending on what your diet looks like, but it will get you started on the right track. Start to move, and you’ll start to want to do more of the right things. It’s weird how that works, but it does.
Trust me. I’m not a doctor, but I’ve been around this for a while:)