For many people, starting a fitness journey means going to the gym, buying a membership, and working out. Though this can be a good idea, some people only on that part of the body, they are most concerned about. However, concentrating only on one particular area of the body may not be the best idea. It’s always better to work on more than one muscle group as that’s the best way to build strong and lean muscles.

Are you starting your fitness journey? Do you know where to start or how even to begin? Don’t get discouraged and feel overwhelmed. If you stick to these tips, you’ll be well on your way to a healthier self in no time.

  1. Start by being committed to yourself. The key is making a commitment to get healthier and fitter than you are today. There are so many motivational quotes about starting your fitness journey. But, just like any new adventure, your first step—your commitment—is the most important. If you’re ready to get started, commit to making a lifestyle change. Choose activities that you enjoy, like walking or running outside, and that you’ll continue to do. Make a commitment to yourself, and commit yourself to a program that will support you, not fail you. By being prepared and focused, you are more likely to reach your goals.
  2. Create your own vision board. Having a vision of what you want to achieve in life is an essential step to achieving those goals. It is absolutely vital when starting with the journey that you take the time to really envision the end result. Well, creating a vision board can be a fun activity! It’s a way to remind yourself of your goals or a way for you to visualize things that you wish to accomplish in your life. It is also a great way to display your new life visually. Everyone can benefit from a vision board, whether you have goals related to achievement, getting fit, building a business, career, family, health, relationships, spirituality, travel, etc. Your vision board can be as elaborate or simple as you desire. You can also make use of some fitness apps that can help you create that vision board.
  3. Start small in your fitness journey. It takes one step at a time to achieve the desired results. When starting your fitness journey, it’s best to start small and build up over time. Start slow and work up to doing 30 minutes or more of exercise (such as walking on the treadmill, running, or cycling) three days a week, then add a fourth day and a fifth day. Start with a goal of 30 minutes a day (or 150 minutes per week, 3 days a week) and work your way up to more than that as you become more comfortable with the exercise.
  4. It is always better to start at something than nothing. It can be tempting to quit when you’re feeling less than motivated simply, but doing so may not be the answer. Instead, remind yourself that there is always something better than doing nothing. 
  5. Going to the gym or just home is all up to you. Exercise is an important component of overall health and wellness, but going to the gym and joining an expensive membership right away doesn’t always work. If you don’t have access to a gym, there’s good news: you can start working out at home using the best piece of equipment you have—your body. Start by picking an exercise that’s easy on your body, like walking, and then work your way up to more intense workouts.
  6. Practice Mindfulness. Our minds are a precious thing. It is through our minds that we experience life. Every thought we have and every action we take contributes to our health and wellbeing. Therefore, it is important to be mindful of our thoughts regardless of the point in the day. However, being mindful of our thoughts throughout the day is easier said than done, especially for those who are new to exercise and are not used to working out. Trying to stay physically active and fit can be intimidating. You probably have a million reasons to skip your workout or find yourself eating more than you should. Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of advice to get you motivated and to realize that you are better than your current fitness level.

Exercising regularly can be intimidating for beginners. But it doesn’t have to be. While it’s important to find the right amount of exercise for you and be realistic about how much you can do each day, you should also be realistic about your expectations. Your fitness journey doesn’t have to be perfect, and you shouldn’t have to start it all at once. Start slowly, and ramp it up over time.

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