I really want to start an exercise routine, but am unsure how to start, and also how to stay on track, any hints?
Asketh - rantsravingsandcake
1. Clearly define your goals. You need to know what you’re working towards. Things like “Get healthier” and “Like myself more” are both very admirable, but they’re also very vague. Start thinking about specifics. Do you want to run a mile in under 9 minutes? Lower your cholesterol levels? Squat your body weight? Set something more definite and tangible.
2. Take a look at both your abilities and the resources available to you. The sort of exercise equipment that you can access is going to affect the sort of workout you can do, as will your fitness limitations. You can’t run if you don’t have a safe environment to run in, for example, and you can’t do intense cardio if you have respiratory difficulties. Acknowledge both the things that you have and the things that you don’t. And most importantly, think about what you enjoy. Exercising should be fun, so don’t ignore the activities that you like the most and the ones that you absolutely loathe.
3. Start researching the types of exercises that fit within the above parameters. You want something that will help you move towards your goals while still existing within your pool of resources. Google is going to be a big help in giving you ideas here, as will fitness websites like Bodybuilding.com, Fitocracy, FitSugar, Shape and tumblr here. Talk with your doctor and a potential trainer in your area. Educate yourself about what you’re getting into and how you can do so safely.
4. Make some flexible plans. Any routine that you create right now is just a guess - You won’t fully know what you’re capable of until you jump in. The first couple weeks will be an experiment to see whether or not the new plan suits you. If it’s too difficult, don’t feel bad about dialing it down. If it’s a breeze, feel free to increase its intensity. Play around with the number of days you exercise (just include at least 1 rest day per week and don’t exercise the same muscle groups 2 days in a row), play around with intervals and intensity, and play around with exercise types. Give yourself 1-2 weeks before drastically changing your plan. This will give you enough time to try it out properly. If it’s working and you enjoy it, then you will have done it for just ling enough to create a habit.
And remember - Just because a plan worked for someone else does not mean that it will work for you. Copying another person’s workout routine may provide you with a place to start, but don’t be afraid to make your own adjustments. You are a unique individual with your own needs and goals, so don’t feel pressured to take on a specific workout routine just because someone else achieved positive results from it.
5. Ask for help when you need it. People make their living off of planning workouts. If you don’t know what you’re doing and aren’t even sure of where to start, seriously consider joining a gym or hiring a trainer. They can at least get you started. If you can’t afford that sort of commitment, then start browsing through online workouts that suit your needs. There are plenty of graphics floating around #fitblr that you can choose from and read through. Use them as a guide. Just be aware that, if you don’t have any expertise or experience, trying to plan your workout alone can be dangerous and time consuming. Talking to a professional is really the best choice for complete beginners.
6. Have fun. Always have fun. If you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, then you shouldn’t be doing it. Try something else. Not every single workout will be filled with rainbows and unicorns, but you shouldn’t dread exercising. It should leave you feeling happy and fulfilled. If your workout is just breaking you down, then step back and reconsider. Start back at the beginning and figure out exactly what you want from this. Unless “be miserable” was listed as a goal, you shouldn’t actively force yourself through workouts that you hate.
i’ve worked out every day this week except today and i love seeing my muscles already kinda grow and feeling stronger, but it really fucking sucks that every time i look up an exercise to see what the proper form is, the way that it’s talked about is like…”this will really help you tone your butt for those short shorts!” or “tone those arms to look good in a tank top!” instead of talking about how strong we’ll be when we do the exercises, how much we’ll be able to carry and how far we’ll be able to run and how much stamina we’ll have for any activity
and it’s EVERY exercise i’ve looked up! i looked for one to strengthen my lower back because it was hard to tone my arms with such a weak back, and the woman showing the workout was like “this back workout will improve your posture and you’ll be able to show off your shape beter in a bikini!” a fucking back workout was still somehow tied into wearing a fucking bikini. fuck. it’s so toxic and i’m really grateful that i’ve found blogs that steer away from that kind of toxic thinking.
Notice how all these comments are gendered? These sorts of “tips” are almost always directed at women. Because, after all, the only reason why we’d want to exercise is to fix up our disgusting and embarrassing bodies! How lucky we are to learn that working out can make us look tolerable.
You’re right, it’s awful to say the least.