Contemplation is a place your mind goes when you are on the fence about doing something. It’s not out of the ordinary to remain in contemplation for days, weeks and even months. Perhaps one of the most common things people contemplate about is starting a new workout regimen. As a personal trainer, let me assure you that there is nothing to contemplate.
- Fitness is fun!
- Fitness is good for you mind, body and soul.
- Being fit prevents disease, like that of the heart, diabetes, stroke, and certain cancers, just to name a few.
- Fitness keeps you strong and healthy through the aging process and well into the senior years.
A common fear you might have is being judged or looked at in a funny way when you work out. In truth, people aren’t really that concerned with how you look. They care more about the way THEY look. Worry about more important things like the new clothes you are going to have to buy when your old ones become too loose from losing weight.
No Pain No Gain?
Another fear of getting fit is based on pain. People think their muscles will be in agony for days and it’s going to be too much hard work to exercise. Well, this is partially true. You do need to put in some effort, but it doesn’t have to be as rigorous as you may have been led to believe. In fact, you should always start out gradually and build yourself up as you go along.
Lift weights that are reasonable, not crippling hard to move and you will avoid days’ worth of muscle soreness. This will also prevent you from getting hurt, which can put the brakes on your plan in a second’s notice.
The Value Of A Personal Trainer
Hire a personal trainer if you are not confident to get a program going of your own. Your personal trainer can determine your goals and create a plan based specifically off of them. A good trainer will also keep your motivated and know exactly how to create variations if you can’t do certain exercises. For example, you may think leg presses are good for your thighs. But if you have lower back pain, they aren’t the best choices. A trainer will know this and offer you a better option.
Before you ever step foot in a weight room, you should actually draw up a wellness vision, which is an ideal place you see yourself nine months to a year down the road. Use this as a blueprint of where you want to go. Keep your wellness vision handy at all times so you can easily see why you want to get fit.
If you are dead set against joining a gym, consider getting some equipment for home use. Kettlebells, dumbbells, suspension trainers, medicine balls and resistance bands make great tools that can target all the major muscles of the body. As an additional benefit, they are also easy to store.
Ask Your Doctor
Perhaps the most important thing to take into consideration is making an appointment with a healthcare practitioner before starting a new program. You may be in good condition, but what if if something should happen to occur when you are doing an overhead press.
A doctor will just do a routine exam to make sure you are physically able to exercise. If you have never been to this doctor, your doctor will ask if you are on any medications and let you know how or if they will react with your workouts. The whole process will be relatively quick and it can spare you problems down the road.
Good Diet Habits
Last but not least, remember that diet has a lot to do with getting fit. Focus on eating whole foods that are as close to natural as possible and keep your alcohol intake to a minimum. Water is by far your best beverage option as it hydrates the body, flushes out impurities and keeps your joints lubricated.
Besides all the perks for your own health and wellbeing that fitness brings, there is also its effect in setting a great example for your children to follow. Children that have fit parents, tend to be fit themselves, and this is of utmost importance as of late since childhood obesity rates have soared to epidemic proportions.