The greatest obstacle that most people face when they are thinking about beginning or actually starting a fitness program is that it’s going to be “hard,” “not fun,” “boring,” “too time consuming,” and the negative list goes on. Starting a fitness program can be fun and done with relative ease however if you tailor it to your own needs and understand a few basic principles that will enhance your enjoyment within your existing fitness program. There will be times when you might curse yourself for ever having talked yourself into running those two miles or doing that extra set of curls. After it’s all said and done though, you know you’ll feel better about yourself and what you’ve accomplished.
The first principle is change things up. Don’t ever keep repeating the same stale workout routine that you’ve been doing for the past few days or weeks. Try something different to shock your body into adapting to new stimuli. In the process of promoting your body’s ability to adapt you’ll also find that it’s more fun to try out new workout routines! If you’re someone who isn’t too big on change, find a qualified personal trainer in your area that can at least assist you in getting the ball rolling on a new workout routine.
The second principle is concentrate on moderate intensity workout routines. Unless you’re planning on becoming a bodybuilder or a professional athlete, there’s no reason why your workout routine should be chapter out of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s playbook. If you’re trying to lose weight, for instance, focus on gradually increasing the intensity of your cardio or increase the length of each cardio routine. Don’t attempt to sprint the entire length of your normal cardio routine if you’re accustomed to moderate jogs or walking.
The third principle is set practical fitness goals for yourself. No, you’re not going to lose 20 pounds in a week, period. At least if you did, you probably wouldn’t be around to enjoy your weight loss success because the human body can only adapt to only so much change in a given period of time. And no, if you want to increase your strength by 15% for a given weightlifting exercise after you’ve reached a plateau, you’re not going to get there overnight. Setting practical fitness goals for yourself means knowing your body, knowing where you want to be physically, and taking gradual steps to get there.
The fourth principle is achieving the practical fitness goals you have set for yourself. One of the quickest ways people lose their initial excitement for their fitness program and get bored is by setting impractical fitness goals that cannot be reached in the time that was originally expected. If you reach your fitness goals, though, you’ll gain confidence and your excitement about your fitness program will only grow. Excitement and confidence can have a cascade effect that can lead to even bigger fitness gains!
These are just a few of the most basic principles that anyone engaging in a fitness program should abide by to ensure longevity and ultimately, fitness success. Whether or not you’re new to working out or you’ve been physically engaged for the majority of your life, these principles apply. Physical fitness is not a light-switch that can be turned on and off at random. Staying physically fit means engaging in a lifestyle that promotes physical well-being. Engaging in this lifestyle can and should be fun, and these basic principles I’ve outlined give you a great way to ensure that your physical fitness program does remain enjoyable to you.
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