Embarking on a fitness journey can be a daunting task, if not a confusing one. Where do I begin? What should my first step be? Is my long-term goal realistic? We all visualize the end result we want, and often times forget several important steps in jump starting that journey. But remember that achieving that end goal is the result of trial and error, patience, and, most importantly, consistency. These five steps will help address any concerns and hesitations about diving into your personal fitness journey. See why you can use them to your advantage:
Step 1: Start With The End In Mind.
If you don’t know what it is exactly that you want, then how can you hope to work towards something that you haven’t yet visualized? If you have a realistic idea of your end result, it will help give you the motivation needed to take the first steps to reach it. Having and maintaining that drive to achieve will help steer you in the right direction. Without the end in mind, it is not possible to either begin, or succeed.
Step 2: Focus On What’s In Your Control
Sometimes, life throws us curveballs that we can do absolutely nothing about. However, it is important to recognize what IS in your control, and what you can do to keep those things on the right track. When faced with those curve balls, instead of feeling beat down, take it as an opportunity to keep what’s in your control locked down and dialed in. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, but doing your best to keep at least a specific part of your life under control will maintain the balance you might feel your life is lacking at that given moment.
Step 3: Make Sure Your Nutrition Supports Your Lifestyle
When it comes to nutrition far too often people fail because their ‘diet plan’ doesn’t match their goals. The reality is no two people are exactly alike and there simply is no ‘one size fits all’ diet that will magically give everyone the body of their dreams. The key with nutrition is to start small, and remember to always be realistic. Don’t focus on going on a “diet” and completely overhauling what you eat all at once— instead, make small incremental changes, as your success start to stack up your momentum and confidence will build as well. Over time, those changes can be made larger or smaller, depending on the success you had initially. However, making sure your nutrition supports your lifestyle is key, because if it isn’t, your nutrition goals will be doomed from the start.
Step 4: Align Your Goals and Your Lifestyle
Again, always set your goals within reach. If you’re working 9-5, five days a week, then maybe consider taking the Olympics off your list of goals. While it’s important to set worthy goals, it is imperative that they match up with your life habits. Otherwise, they’ll be further out of your reach, since your lifestyle will make or break what kinds of goals you can set for yourself. Setting a goal in line with what your everyday personal life allows you to do will set you up for success, as your lifestyle is the main driver in dictating personal success.
Step 5: Be Consistent And Focus On The Successes
If there’s one thing to always remember, it’s to celebrate the small successes along the way. Forgetting to slow down and appreciate the hard work you’ve put in is extremely common— it is easy to get caught focusing on the gap between where you are today and where you want to be without acknowledging how far you have already come. Often times, we adopt something similar to tunnel vision when it comes to our goals, and we forget to celebrate the little milestones that allow us to slowly make our way towards that ever-present main goal. So stop, reflect for a moment, and give yourself a pat on the back for how far you have already come. All of these steps are crucial to think about when jumpstarting your fitness journey— and they will all work to your advantage if you remember to utilize them!
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A: Deadlift @22×1; 4 x 5-7; rest 2-3 min
A1: DB Step-Up; 3 x 10-12 per leg; rest 10 sec; rest 30 sec
A2: Seated Incline Bench DB Press @3011; 3 x 12-15; rest 30 sec
A3: Pull-Up Negative; 3 x 5-7; rest 30 sec
A4: Side Plank; 3 x 30-60 sec per side; rest 10 sec; rest 30 sec
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A: 24/20; 70/53
B: 24/20; 53/35
C: 20/16; 35/26