Happy New Year, Live Lighter readers! You’re probably nursing a hangover today (betchya it was worth it, though!) and searching for ways to get healthier and fitter in 2016 (like most people). Keep reading for an easy way to start fitness training by guest blogger, Samantha!
Most writers would agree that the hardest thing about writing a book is thinking of a good first sentence. In a way, regardless what you do, beating procrastination is always the hardest task to accomplish. Starting to work out and get in shape typically presents the same problem.
1. Renounce The Urban Legends
There are many urban legends regarding proper training. Most common are the ones that claim you need to spend your entire day at the gym in order to advance, that you will get nowhere without proper training or that you simply must have a perfect program. Even though all of these things undoubtedly help your progress, they are in no way vital to it. The most important thing (the only necessary thing) for you to get on the right track is to have the will to do so. An intrinsic motivation is essential in both starting as well as carrying on when the going gets tough.
2. Start Slow
Many people will advise you to make your initial exercise sessions as dynamic as possible, since according to popular belief, you need to advance the most in your first few weeks of training. Yet again, there is some truth to this, however, you always need to set your priorities straight. Although intensive training may reward you faster, it may also discourage you and have a completely adverse effect. Don’t be afraid to start slow so you can make training as pleasurable as possible, and make it into a habit that sticks.
3. Beat Procrastination
Everyone has had at least several New Year’s resolutions in the past. The most common ones are: I will work/study harder or I will start exercising. Planning is great, but only if it is followed by an appropriate action. Start training as soon as you have decided to do it! If you feel out of shape, create the easiest training imaginable like getting up and down the stairs once or twice. The most important thing is to get yourself going. This is the only way of beating procrastination and is therefore a vital step in this entire process.
4. At Home is Fine
At the very beginning, you don’t need any additional expensive equipment, which only makes things easier for you. First of all, you won’t have to dress up for the gym. You also won’t be able to use weather or troubles with the commute as an excuse. Just find exercises you can do at home and organize your schedule. You’d be surprised just how much you can do in your own home without any big equipment. Later on, just buy some basic gear like a foam roller as well as a few dumbbells, and you will have literally everything you need in order to achieve the figure of your dreams.
5. Proper Eating Habits
Now, this step is as important as training is, since it will greatly affect not just the end results of your training, but your energy levels and strength during training as well. Make sure that your diet is well balanced and holistic, since in order to train properly you will need all the nutrients you can get. This means that you should eat as much fruit and vegetables as you can, as well as lean meat. It is a good idea to cut down your intake of carbs, but it is a horrible one to exclude them completely. In the end, in order to sate your cravings for fat, you can always use olive oil on your salad.
6. Adequate Supplementation
Nothing can motivate you better than seeing how all of your hard work has paid off. These end results can best be enhanced by using the right supplementation. Unfortunately, there is a lot of myths and urban legends about supplements as well. It is therefore best to use creatine as the most tested and best known training enhancer. This amazing training supplement can help you gain muscle mass easier as well as enhance your sports performance in general.
All in all, the most important thing in order to do anything in life is to have enough will to see it through. Or in the words of one of the most popular motivational quotes:
“Crawling is acceptable. Falling is acceptable. Puking is acceptable. Tears are acceptable. Pain is acceptable. Injury is acceptable. Quitting is unacceptable.”
Start training now and don’t allow anything to stand in your path.
About the Author
Samantha has a B.Sc. in nutrition, and has spent two years working as a personal trainer. Since then, she has embarked on a mission to conquer the blogospere. When not in the gym or on the track, you can find her on Twitter at or in a tea shop.
I’d like to add that the quality of vitamin determines whether your body absorbs them or not, so be sure to purchase them with a trusted sales person at a natural nutritional store in your area. Do you have anything to add to Samantha’s list?