as far as fitness is concerned anyway (in my opinion). I’ve said several times in previous blog posts that everyone’s body is different and therefore everyone’s fitness journey should be different as well. I wanted to talk a little more about that today because it is something I have been thinking a lot about recently as I have come to the end of the 8 week program I was following and am getting into the next one.
As I started on my journey to get in shape earlier this year, I quickly became overwhelmed by just how much information there was out there on this very topic. It seems everyone has an opinion about what you should eat, what you shouldn’t eat, the best workout routines, the most effective supplements, how to lose weight the quickest, etc. The problem as far as I see it is while some of this information might be helpful in a general sense, it doesn’t take into consideration your specific goals, your body type or in my particular instance all the dietary restrictions I have to work around. Lets just stick with the workout component of this for now though…
There are a ton of things to consider once you have decided you want to get in shape. Probably the most important thing to do right off the bat though is check with your physician if you have ANY health issues/restrictions you need to work around. Once you get the ok from the doctor to go ahead and start working out, the questions becomes how how do you actually get started?? This is where you really have to sit down and think about what goals you are trying to accomplish and how to best achieve them given the uniqueness that makes you, well you! So many people jump into fitness programs hoping to lose a bunch of weight quickly and when it doesn’t happen right off the bat they throw in the towel. Some people even think that because that one program didn’t work nothing will and give up on ever getting in shape! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t give up guys!!
I really want to emphasize that while you may have a bit of trial and error period when starting off like I did, there is something out there that will work for you. Fitness does not look or feel the same on everyone. For me, I started out just wanting to lose a few pounds. I figured let me get my butt on a treadmill about 5 days a week and that should do the trick. I spent maybe ten minutes sort of half-ass using some of the weight machines at the gym after I had run for 30 minutes but that was really all. For about two months this was pretty much the routine I stuck to. When I realized I wasn’t seeing the results I really wanted to, I started doing some research. Now while I should have done this research before I even started working out, I did finally spend the time to figure out what would work better for me given my fitness goals and body type. I switched up my routine to include A LOT more weight training and minimized the cardio and my body responded like WHOA! Now I did other things too like change up my diet, started to use pre and post workout supplements and found an at-home workout program that allows me to get my workouts in no matter how busy my day is but it all started with taking the time to figure out the best way to workout for my body to meet my particular goals.
Since shifting my workout focus, I have fallen in love with the whole process! I now want to be athletic and strong instead of skinny and a size 2. I actually look forward to getting in my workout time and seeing my muscles respond to the hard work! So much of being successful in a program is finding one that you enjoy and one that will produce results. I’m hoping this post will help anyone out there who has been struggling to find something that works for them or have gotten frustrated and all but given up because they aren’t seeing the results they thought they would. A few things to take into consideration when starting out or if you feel like you may need to take a step back and start over:
- Body Type
- Metabolism Rate
- Health & Dietary Restrictions
- How you are best motivated
- What are your fitness goals
- How much time do you have
- Do you have the right equipment (if you plan on choosing a home workout program)
All of these things are a good idea to consider before you jump into any program. The goal is to make sure you pick something you can sustain and maybe even enjoy because you are much more likely to see the results when those two boxes are checked! Do a little research beforehand and maybe you can avoid the mistakes I made when I first started out.
While fitness may not look the same on everyone, I promise you there is a program/routine/schedule that will work for your body and goals! Invest the time to figure out what it is and you will be amazed how quickly your body will thank you! If you happen to be struggling to figure out what is best for you please feel free to reach out and maybe some of my research can be useful! I would love to help!