“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe
When people ask me for advice on the best way to start training, and dialling in their nutrition, my response is always the same. “Just start”.
The start point is often the hardest part for many people when making a change in their life. The intention to make change, and the goal is there, but putting that plan into motion can take people months, and sometimes years to happen.
If you can relate to that last paragraph, then the next five points are going to help you get started and on track to achieve your goals.
Have a clear goal.
To greatly increase your chances of success, it is always best to start with a clear goal. “I want to get fit” is a very broad goal, make it a specific, clear goal that can be measured. It could be, “I want to run 5km in under 20 minutes” or “I want to increase my muscle mass by 5% “.
Once you have your goal, its now time to break it down into steps. Smaller goals are easier to achieve, and will help motivate you when you achieve them. A good coach will be able to sit down with you and help you set realistic goals and help plot a path to achieve them.
Be committed to yourself
Only you can make change happen. Just like having a clear goal, a committed mindset is vital on getting started. An amazing training program and nutrition plan won’t amount to anything if you don’t follow them! Only you can make that happen!
All too often, people who start a fitness journey are quick to fail if they are not kind to themselves. Commitment doesn’t mean that you can’t accept any small setbacks, or only accept 100% effort every day. Any step you make towards consistently working toward your fitness is one in the right direction. Trust the process, be honest with yourself, don’t fall into the trap of comparing yourself with others and maintain the initiative.
Find a training style that you enjoy
You will be much more likely to continue with training, if you are having fun whilst doing it! There are so many ways to keep fit but it’s always best to do some research and find something that interests you (and maintains that interest), has a good support network, and challenges you to get out of your comfort zone once in a while.
Don’t forget Nutrition, Hydration and Sleep
You will get much better results if your nutrition is lined up with your training goals. At CrossFit Furnace we include free nutritional coaching and advice with all of our memberships as we know how vital it is to success. Your nutrition will differ depending on your start point, goals, lifestyle and training schedule. The simplest plan is best, especially when starting out, as it will make it easier for you to maintain. Don’t forget to also look at your hydration levels each day, these will be higher once you start training. Lastly, get into the habit of good sleep hygiene, quality sleep will help your body recover and help you recharge for the next day ahead.
Consistency is the most important point of all. Maintaining consistency with your training, nutrition and sleep is the key to instilling good routines and making positive changes to your habits. Consistency can start small, with goals such as “I will train twice this week”, consistency helps build discipline and self-control.
Hand in hand with this, is patience. You will face setbacks, you may feel like there are times when your training is in vain, but nothing worth achieving in life ever came easy. Remind yourself why you got started, dust yourself off, get back into the fight and trust the process.
There you have it, four tips that will greatly improve your chances of setting up a solid start on your own fitness journey. It’s up to you now to take action and take that first step.
Would you like to know more about getting started on your own fitness journey? Take action and get in touch today and one of our qualified coaches for a No Sweat Intro and find out how we can help you!