February 12, 2018

3 Mistakes People Make When Getting Back to Fitness

If you haven’t consistently worked out in years, you likely won’t be able to work out for an hour or two every day right out of the gate. In fact, trying to do so is a good way to sabotage the new fitness habit you’re trying to form. To help you reach your fitness goals, here are three tips to get back into a regular fitness routine.

1. Don’t Try to Do Too Much Too Soon

Instead of trying to be a fitness superhero from the start, ease your way back into working out. A Japanese principle known as “Kaizen” is a good way to approach working out when you haven’t done so for a while. Kaizen is the idea of incremental improvement; you work consistently towards a goal in small steps until you’re where you want to be.

Try something simple at first, such as walking 10 minutes a day. Ten minutes isn’t much, but once you’ve done it consistently and it’s a part of your everyday routine, you can move on to longer walking times and then, over time, build your way up to more intense workouts.

2. Make Your Goals Clear

Do you know your “why” for working out? Do you have a plan in place to accomplish your goals? Vague goals such as wanting to lose weight or looking better in your jeans are not likely to keep you motivated over the long haul.

While S.M.A.R.T. goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) are often used in business strategies, they can also apply to getting back in shape.
Make sure you have clear, measurable goals when starting to workout again. “I’m going to work out three days a week” isn’t a clear goal, but “I’m going to exercise at 8 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday with 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of resistance training” is a clear goal and one that will lead to a greater likelihood of success.

3. Don’t Try to Do It Alone

If you’re just getting back into working out, you’ll probably need some way to be held accountable to keep you going. Having an accountability partner, someone who can help motivate you and keep you on track, is very useful for reaching your fitness goals.

If you have a friend who is already on a fitness journey or one who is just starting again like you, ask them if they want to be workout buddies. You don’t always have to work out together, but you will check in regularly with each other to make sure you are staying on track with your fitness goals.

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Blog Post Sources List:

  1. http://searcherp.techtarget.com/definition/kaizen-or-continuous-improvement
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMART_criteria