Workout Tips and Ideas
full disclaimer, I am not a workout trainer, instructor or anything like that. But I do workout with a trainer consistently, as well as on my own. So take my tips and ideas with a grain of salt and please make sure to never do anything you’re not feeling well. With all that said, here are my workout tips and ideas.
If you’ve never worked out before, or never successfully done so, you want to start small. I had an active lifestyle my whole life, but when I began working full time years ago, I had no idea how to make time for working out anymore. I remembered that when I was in school I would come home from school and immediately do my homework. Otherwise I would get distracted and not want to do it or lose momentum. Plus, I got it out of the way and was free to hang out with friends or watch The Real World. I tried doing that with working out.
When I got home from work I would change and do yoga. In the beginning I was discouraged because I didnt have good balance, could barely touch my toes, etc. But I stayed mindful and would do a little bit of yoga and stretching every day. This made it easier for me and surprisingly I reached my goals faster than I thought I would.
When I began working out more I took the same approach. I wanted to run, but I wasn’t that good at running. So I would run at my ideal speed for one minute. then take a break walking, and back up. The next time I would run for a minute and 10 seconds, 15, until I could continue running for an extended amount of time. I always kept challenging myself with small things. For example, I would run for a minute, but then say “no you can add a little more, 5 seconds. 10 seconds” I actually still do this when I run or sprint.
Starting small makes your goals more attainable, and it helps you be easier on yourself.
Ask An Expert
It’s scary to ask someone for help or to buy a session with someone you don’t know. But trust me, it’s going to help you more than you think. Asking an expert can prevent injuries and give you a better idea of how to achieve fitness goals.
For example, when I started working out with my trainer he asked me what my goals were. Honestly, I hadn’t thought about it. so I said “uhhh lose weight?” He took my measurements and told me that my weight wasn’t an issue, it was more my body fat percentage. He explained things to me that made so much sense, and how he would go about training me.
I continued training with him and still do today. But, if I didn’t have the means of doing so, he would have still given me the knowledge I needed to continue. Plus, let’s not forget about google and blogs and YouTube. I use tutorials and reviews to make sure I am doing things correctly, and I always ask my trainer to watch my form and help with anything I need.
I suppose I should mention that too – make sure the people you follow are educated trainers and resourceful people. educate yourself and make a good program for yourself.
Is fitness one of your goals this year? Do you want to see more workouts that I actually do, reviews, recipes…something else? Let your girl know !