How to Finally Start Working Out
When it comes to starting a workout routine, the cliche is true, getting started is the hardest part. In the beginning, you may suffer from gym intimidation and general lack of confidence. What you need to realize is that this happens to every beginner, every pro has been through it.
If you are not familiar with the gym and all of the equipment, the idea of walking in and working out with the regulars may look like the worst idea ever. However, getting out of your comfort zone is the whole point. As soon as you get going, everything becomes much easier. This has happened to me many times, sometimes even when moving to a new gym. The newness of the place just seems scary.
Putting this aside, another problem you may have is consistency. And of course, consistency is key to success when it comes to being in shape. Building a routine of waking up early and getting your day started with a workout can be extremely tough. This truly is the hardest part. When you get to the point of not even thinking about it, that's when you know you're doing it right.I have personally been through all of these problems so I have a few tips to share with you. Admittedly, going to the gym will always be hard, but here is the best advice I can give you.
1. Prepare The Night Before
This is one of my favorite tricks when you are getting started. The night before you are planning to work out, take 15 minutes out of your nighttime routine to lay out your workout clothes and pack your gear. Preparation the day before is a common theme between my posts, but I deeply believe that planning can benefit you greatly. The idea behind this tip is that when you see your clothes already ready in the morning, you won't have to make any unnecessary decisions. Your goal should be to put as much of this process on autopilot until it becomes second nature.
2. Plan The Workout
I see many people wandering around talking without a clear goal in the gym. Use the concept of ego depletion in your favor by having your workout plan ready in advance. At this point, all you need to do is put on your prepared clothes and start the workout. Planning the exercises in advance is also useful if you are suffering from gym intimidation or general anxiousness about starting at a new place. There nearly unlimited resources available online so choosing a workout plan shouldn't be so hard.
3. Start Today
When it comes to getting started, there is no tomorrow. You need to realize that the only way to start a new routine is to start right away. We always have the assumption that tomorrow will somehow be easier - we will be less busy or less tired. As you may know from previous experiences, this is not the reality. It never gets easier than it is today so commit to starting today.