We set out with aims of signing up to gym classes at the start of the year but honestly how often do we find the motivation is lost and your will to stick it out? How many of us didn’t even sign up to being with?! There are many reasons why we lose our positivity we started with, sometimes it’s the amount of effort required, as we don’t always anticipate how difficult it’s actually going to be. Other times it can be a mental block as you tell yourself you can’t do it or I’ll never be as good as those people. All these negative things we tell ourselves sets us out to lose hope and fail before we’ve even really begun.
However, I understand how hard it is for anyone let alone beginners to stick to a fitness routine, that’s why I’ve put together a short guide to help you stay positive, motivated and focused.
- Set realistic goals
The problem many of us face are the goals we set are too high to reach to start with. That doesn’t mean they’ll always be unachievable but if you’re new to exercise you will want to ease yourself into it and find a routine that works for you. Set monthly or quarterly goals and consistently review them, at the end of each month or even week you can yourself did I reach my goal? If not, what can I do this month to make it easier? Or perhaps you exceled your goals and you want to set higher ones, just be realistic and kind to yourself. There is no race, only with yourself.
- Drop the negative attitude
When I was younger I would say to my mother ‘I can’t do that’ and she would reply ‘you can’t or you won’t?’. The minute you tell yourself you can’t do something your subconscious believes it, resulting in a pattern of negative thoughts which completely ruin your plans whether their fitness related or not. Another saying comes to mind is ‘control your mind or it will control you’. Why not have positive affirmations all over your workout equipment, home, work space, car etc. That can help to keep your mind positive and away from slipping into the dumps. Meditation is also another great tool for keeping the mind focused and balanced, you can also try small exercises or dances that will release happy endorphins which reduces anxiety and depression.
- Identify how much exercise you need
According to helpguide.org they recommend ‘for most adults is to reach at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week. You’ll get there by exercising for 30 minutes, 5 times a week. Can’t find 30 minutes in your busy schedule? It’s okay to break things up. Two 15-minute workouts or three 10-minute workouts can be just as effective’. If you’re unable to do a workout or visit the gym, why not take a simple walk? Walking is a great form of exercise, it doesn’t require a huge amount of effort or stamina, you can take it at your own pace and for as long or as little as you like. This will also help to build up your strength and endurance for more difficult workouts in the future. Walking can also help your mental wellness too as it takes you away from any chores or tasks going on at home or work. You can fully immerse yourself in your surroundings which can calm you and bring you a moment of peace.
- Safety is priority
If you’re a beginner to exercise then you must take into consideration your safety as many aspects of a workout can push your body too much resulting in injury, weakness, heart or breathing difficulties and so on. Before you begin do you have any health conditions? If you do you should get some advice and a checkup from your doctor. Make sure you warm up and cool down, using stretches and techniques that will help your muscles, ligaments and tendons. If you push yourself too much causing an injury or your health condition to worsen, you are more likely to give up on your routine and goals.
- Make it fun
Its not always going to be fun or enjoyable and with great results comes hard work, what you put in you will get out. Try choosing classes or activities that you will actually enjoy such as dance, walking the dogs on the beach, yoga, a run with your best friend, swimming with your family etc. You don’t have to exercise alone and it doesn’t have to be boring. More excitable exercises will have you looking forward to workout times and you’re much more likely to stick to it! Plus deciding with other people to exercise will also see you sticking to plans and adhering to your fitness regime as you won’t want to let people down.
- Find Gym Classes
There are classes you can take once you feel ready that will boost your fitness levels and your social interactions. You get to meet like-minded people at gym classes who can become friends and motivate you even more. Gym classes are taught by professional trainers who provide you with motivation, different techniques and support so you know what to do and feel confident about doing it.
You’ll find your home town or city to be home to many different gyms so always try and seek out their reviews or ask people you know to give you a heads up on which ones are best. If you’re in Bristol or close by, Luxe Fitness Gym is a very reputable fitness gym that offers lots of different gym classes to choose from including HIIT classes, spin classes, strength and more.