The First Steps to Working Out (again)
You are not going to like hearing this, but you’re not as young as you used to be. Maybe you haven’t seen the inside of a gym since your freshman year in high school. Or maybe you’re an ex-athlete that knows exactly how bad it is going to suck to “get back into shape.” This blog is here to help you navigate some of the thoughts and feelings that come up when starting to workout for the first time or for the first time in a long time.
#1 Don’t overthink it, start with walking
Make small steps, even if you used-to-could, start with walking for 30-45 min every day. Walking is one of the most underrated fitness tools out there. Get your booty outside (in layers if it’s an ND winter) and walk. If you have a gym membership, start with bodyweight movements like squats, push-ups, or yes the dreaded burpees. Don’t stress out about sets and reps, just move.
#2 Drink ALL the Water
This one always seems so simple and it’s still the one the trips people up the most. Drink half your bodyweight in oz of water everyday. Yes you will pee more than you’re used to. The average person should pee somewhere between 8-10 times per day. Unfortunately for most people it’s only 4-6 times per day. Drinking your weight in coffee? Add 10 oz of water for every 8 oz of coffee. Yes that’s a lot of water, you can do this!
#3 Hire a Coach
Crazy as it is our bodies don’t come with a workout manual. No one knew what they were doing the first time they worked out. If you want the fast track to results, hire a coach. They will help you navigate the “I don’t know what to do” feelings and dial in your fitness and nutrition. They should be making a plan specifically for you, your needs and your goals. This will put you on the fast track to getting the results you are looking for.
It’s not easy starting a new fitness journey and it’s one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Taking the time to take care of yourself will give you the energy to crush all the other parts of your life. Consistency is the key, just keep going.