Before I give you these tips for beginners I want to share something with you. The first thing most people tell me is that; “I’m going to join a gym starting Monday.” Sound great right? However, joining the gym on Monday and actually attending classes that you have paid for are two totally different things. When you start your journey I encourage you to start from home. Find something that you can be committed to for at least 3 months then go forth and join the gym, you would have proved to yourself that you are dedicated. Yes, I know best, I’m talking from experience.
As promised to many of my friends on Twitter here are tips for beginners.
1.Slow & Steady
You have to set achievable goals; this way you will stay motivated. It’s mind boggling to tell yourself you want to lose 50kgs in a month because that’s A LOT of weight and it will obviously discourage you. However, if you tell yourself that you will lose at least 1kg each week then that will definitely be something you can happily work towards. Remember you are a beginner, leave the madness to the ones who have been on the journey for a while. It takes time to lose or gain weight in the same way it will take time to see results, be easy on yourself.
2.Make It Fun
Look for something you enjoy then enjoy the heck out of it. If you don’t really enjoy it then try something else until you finally settle down for a few routines that work for you. If you don’t enjoy the form of exercise then chances of actually going out to do them are very slim. I particularly LOVE running and skipping, those are my two go to workouts. I will spice things up every now and again and include Yoga, Aerobics, Zumba etc. I also started a Fitness In The Park movement in February where I meet up with people with different levels of fitness and spend the morning working out. If you are local, you should definitely join us on one of the events. There is never a dull moment and ladies; there are some seriously fit guys who comes through…just putting it out there.
3.What To Wear?
When you are starting out and you can afford it then by all means go all out and choose some really eye catching running gear. If you are anything like me who started out on a tight budget then make use of your old t-shirts, vests, tracksuit bottoms and shorts. With the shorts I would suggest you avoid wearing the really short shorts especially if you have opted to run because you don’t want your thighs swallowing your shorts and disturbing the entire workout. Make sure you get good running shoes, you can afford to wear the old boring things but do not joke about your running shoes, they need to be in good condition. I will write about why this is of paramount importance sometime soon.
4.No No To Yo-Yo Dieting
Eat, eat, eat! I can not stress this enough times! I am not saying go out there and choose all the junk food and consume it. What you need to do is eat regular balanced meals. The plan is not to go hungry. The plan is to feed the body that works. The plan is to have fuel for your workouts. The plan is to form a habit that you can live with for the rest of your life! I am going to smack the next person who tells me that they are going on a 30 Day Soup Only Diet. What are you doing to your body? Do you love yourself? I wrote about the importance of breakfast and you should take time to read it.
“When people put themselves on a diet, they often forbid themselves to eat the foods they love, but dieting is not the same as healthy eating, and this leads to a sense of deprivation, which can derail your healthy intentions.” – Rebecca Scritchfield
5.Listen To Your Body
I am one of those people who respects my Rest Days because when I work out I go hard. When you are starting out chances of wanting to workout every single day just to see results are very high but over training is an enemy of progress. Please listen to your body when it hurts. Take at least two or three days off just to stretch and allow your muscles to repair. Remind yourself that you are on a journey and it is perfectly fine to take a break, just don’t let the break be too long. Fitness is NOT a punishment, fitness is a lifestyle and you have to take care of both your mental and physical health in check if you are going to enjoy the journey.
Lastly, ask those already on their journey most are always willing to help, myself included. Take time to read on health and fitness issues, follow blogs, Instagram and YouTube channels; you will learn something new each day.