I get it, you are at that point where you feel like you ‘should’ be doing something for your health/fitness. You know something has to change, but you’re not sure how to do it or where to start. On top of that, there are so many diets, fitness fads and products and it’s very confusing.
I like to keep things simple and individual. Here is my 5 step plan to starting a fitness routine.
1 – What do you want to improve or change? For example; general health, endurance (running, cycling, swimming long distances), strength (getting stronger), flexibility etc. Once you know WHAT you want to improve, you can move to the next step.
2 – What do you ENJOY doing? For example, if you hate running, there is no point in having an endurance running goal because running is the only thing you’d be doing for months! It will be unlikely you will do it which means you are only setting yourself up for failure. So, find activities you ENJOY. If your goal is general health, then explore activities that you are interested in to get you moving. From ice skating, dancing, yoga, cycling, weight training… there are thousands of different activities you can choose from.
3 – How much time realistically will you commit to doing this activity each week? It’s fine to say you will exercise 6 days a week, but if you know its unlikely to maintain, then I’d suggest picking a frequency more realistic.
4 – How will you measure your progress? This goes back to step 1, because progress will be very different depending on your initial goal. Track your progress by keeping a diary or using an app.
5 – Take action. DO it. Make an appointment to see/talk to a coach, arrange to meet with a friend for your activity, drive to the venue…whatever. Just DO the thing you want to do!