Set goals for yourself
Before you start, have a clear goal in mind of what you want to accomplish. Do you want to build muscle or lose weight or maybe both! Whatever the goal is, write it down. They should be specific, attainable and measurable. Don’t set goals that are unrealistic, because you will just get disappointed if you don’t reach them.
Take your Measurements
Take measurements before you start your exercise program and then once a month while you are doing it. This way you can properly track if you are losing inches or gaining inches in the places you want. Write everything down and even take pictures so you have a visual reference for your progress.
Schedule your workouts
Just like you schedule business meetings and time with your family, it’s important to schedule your workouts. As you wouldn’t cancel an important meeting; the same way workouts are equally important. Put it on the calendar and stick to it.
Start of Slow
If you are new to working out, start out slow and then progress. Pushing too hard, too soon could result in you injuring yourself and winding up on the couch and unable to exercise.
Stretching is such an important component to your workout. It’s always good to stretch before and after a workout, to prevent injury. If you really want to get a good stretch and increase your flexibility, try taking a yoga class. It helps with strength and stamina, improves circulation, calms you down and it just makes you feel good.
Get the Proper Equipment
Whatever workout you choose to do, you are going to need some sort of equipment. It could be a new pair of running shoes, comfortable clothes, and sets of weights or a treadmill. Don’t waste your money on things you don’t need and only buy what actually applies to the workout you want to do
Workout with a Friend
We all know how difficult it can be to stick to a regular workout routine, but if you have a friend that is counting on you to be there, you won’t want to let them down and cancel.
Also working out with a friend is fun and you’ll motivate each other to keep going. If you have a friend that is fit than you are, you will also challenge yourself to keep up with them.
Hire a Trainer
Don’t think of this as a cost, think of this as an investment in your health and fitness. If you are serious about getting in shape, hiring a personal trainer is a great way to do it. He/she will motivate you and keep you accountable.
If you are not having fun with your exercise routine, you are not going to want to keep doing it; so choose activities that you enjoy. There are so many ways to get a good workout in without feeling boredom, you just have to be imaginative; in this way, you will burn tons of calories and have fun doing it!