Doing any exercise requires a lot of commitment and motivation. What I’ve seen is that these two are easy to deal with in the beginning and then quickly forgotten. I can’t count the times in which I’ve started playing a sport or doing exercises at home, and then I give up with the excuse of „having no time.“ But if you really want something such as improving your health and physical strength, there is always a way.
Lately, I have succeeded in going to the gym about four times a week. Unlike almost everything else I tried doing, this type of training became very enjoyable for me. I like it because I can feel how much work I put in after every session. During this journey, I found out a couple of things that help me stay on track, and I wanted to share it with anyone that struggles to continue after the first week.
- Set realistic goals. You won’t be able to lose all of the weight you want or build the body you see on Instagram with two weeks of going to the gym every day. Instead, spend the first two weeks on training every part of your body so that it gets used to the machines and routine. After that, start trying to do workouts dedicated to different parts of the body, and you will see how your strength gradually develops.
- Work out with a trainer (at least for the first two months). There is nothing worse for your body than going to the gym without knowing how each machine works. You will not only waste a lot of time, but you can potentially hurt many parts of your body. With a trainer, you can be sure that you perform the exercises correctly and for the right amount of time. You can discuss what effect you want to accomplish and he/her will be able to show you what exercises are right for your goal. Later, you can go alone and follow the same routine that you feel is giving the best results.
- Know that everybody is different. I know that there are many videos out there that promise you quick results if you follow their exercises. They often feel useful, but they usually are not effective for every body type. Just because someone sees results with a particular routine does not mean that you will too. Instead of relying on them, talk to your trainer and figure out what will work for your measurements and goals.
- Start slow. If you go to the gym five times in your first week and use weights that target way more experienced people, I guarantee you will be in so much pain that you won’t find motivation for the next week. I am familiar with that overflow of motivation during the first week, but I believe you can use it to schedule your workouts properly. Start with one or two times a week and then see how you feel. When you build up more strength, start going more if you feel the need to or better do a sport that is more oriented toward cardio such as Kangoo jumps, boxing, etc.
- Healthy meals. Even if you work out every day of the week, eating will still have a more significant influence on your progress. No one is saying that you have to follow a strict diet – you need energy for the gym after all. The best thing is to eat smaller portions and avoid foods with a lot of sugar and fats as much as you can. Focusing on healthy foods and drinking lots of water will help you see results faster and feel better overall.
Overall, take small steps each day toward improving yourself and do it in a way that suits your body. That way, your motivation won’t go away and will become even stronger. I would love to know more tips, so feel free to give me some at any time!