Getting Started With Exercises And Training
You often hear athletes talking about how the hardest part of training is getting out of the front door. As with most aspects of life, often the initial step is the hardest and getting fit is no exception! For those who have let themselves go a little bit, the first session is always going to be the hardest. Trust me, getting through those first few sessions/weeks and honouring your commitment is fully worth it. You should come out the otherside a fitter, healthier and happier person. So, you have made the decision to get fitter but have not yet decided on the date of your first session, what to do, what to eat, etc, well here are a couple of suggestions.
Most people delay things, it is just the way things are. You will continuously be talking about ‘getting fit’ and delaying your first session. Believe it or not, this can go on for months. Much like quitting smoking. Just get on with it. Make sure you have some trainers, shorts and a top, (you don’t need anything more fancy) and get out for a run. It doesn’t have to be a half-marathon, the important thing is that you have now taken that initial step and are getting on with it! One mistake that a lot of people make is that they are too over zealous on their first run/weights session. Subsequently, they either injure themselves or are too stiff for the remainder of the week to get out of their own chair un-assisted! Just take it easy. You are not going to break any world records! Save some for later in the week.
Get somebody on board who is going to motivate you. This could be someone looking to get fit with you or even invovle you hiring a personal trainer. Whatever method you use, it is substantially easier to get motivated for a session if somebody is going to do it with you (or if you are paying for it!!). It is also a good idea to set yourself targets or challenges – this could be as simple as losing a certain amount of weight by the Summer, or enetering yourself into a 5k fun run. These targets help you to work towards something rather than just training for the vague target of ‘getting fit’. Assess what getting fitter means to you and set a target.
Finally, make sure you enjoy it. Fear not – the pain will get easier and your fitness will improve. This comes with multiple benefits, not only do you feel healthier and have more energy but small things such as being able to walk up a few flights of stairs without being out of breath are a real achievement. Keep at it and you will feel all the benefits. There are more factors to take into account such as nutrition, training methods, aerobic vs resistance but for the moment the most crucial point is that you have to start somewhere.
Good luck! If you are looking for more information on training methods or tutorials about various exercises, visit http://www.danakenheadfitness.com/. Remember, the hardest thing is getting out of the front door…..even for the professionals!