Congratulations on taking the first step on your health and fitness journey! Starting anything new can make you second guess your decision and even stall taking action. As a fitness coach, I get excited to see people start exercising but sadly have seen some common mistakes that prevent them from doing their next workout. Here are my top 5 tips to ensure your success to help you reach your fitness goals.
Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Set yourself up for success by preparing your mindset and your physical space. Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move. Arrange your workout area with enough room to exercise and to see your device. Use a comfortable mat and have a towel and water nearby. Understand that your first workout may be challenging but you’ll feel amazing after you complete it!
2. Choose the right level
It’s so important that you select your correct fitness level. Choose the wrong level and you can injure yourself, it can be ineffective, or can be discouraging. Know that the indicated calorie burn in a workout is approximate and can vary from person to person, so don’t use calorie burn as a gauge to select your workout. If you complete a workout that is perfect for your current fitness level, you’ll enjoy the workout and progress safely.
3. Focus on quality form
Proper form with the full range of motion is more important than speed and quantity. Execute an exercise with quality form and you’ll prevent injuries, correct muscle imbalances and guarantees an effective workout. You’ve invested the time to workout, make every minute count.
4. Be consistent
Be honest, how many times have you ‘started’ making exercising a routine? You’re excited to start exercising and exercise every day for a week but then you stop because life happens. Then start again in 3 months, then stop again? Or you work out hard for 5 days in a row to exhaustion. To truly reach your fitness goals, consistency is key. If you are consistent every week, you will not only see results, but they will be long-lasting as you created a positive habit for life.
5. Celebrate your small wins
Every step towards your health and fitness should be celebrated and rewarded. Your decision to put on your workout clothes and complete a session is already a mental conversation you won. Excuses can get the best of us and push through a challenging workout deserves a BIG HIGH FIVE! Not only will you reap the benefits of an instant endorphins boost, but your body and mind will thank you. To reinforce your positive behavior further, reward yourself. Go ahead, take that luxurious bath or buy new workout gear – you deserve it!
With a little more insight on some common mistakes, you are now prepared and know what to expect to avoid them. Enjoy your workout and most importantly – HAVE FUN!
To your health and happiness,