One of the major hurdles most people face when trying to be more physically active is simply where to start. Below is a list of 10 ideas from WebMD that might get you started!
Take the first step – Create a goal for yourself for example: ride 100 miles on a bike in one day, complete a mile without walking, sign up for a triathlon, set a walking goal per day, etc.
Get out of your comfort zone- Do a mud run, try an activity or sport you’ve never tried like rock climbing but don’t be scared to do the new and different!
Start with small goals- The ultimate goal might be a marathon but as the saying goes don’t try to walk before crawling.
Mix things up- After 6 to 8 weeks of continual training our muscles adapt to the activities we practice and it is much tougher to build muscle and burn calories. This goes back to some of the points above in be open to trying the new and exciting.
Speak to a professional- If you are serious about getting your fitness level to where you want it, be smart and consult your doctor and trainer who can be part of your support team.
Eat and drink for fuel- Never forget about your diet! You must eat properly to be able to train the way you want to. Think of your body as a high-powered sports car and you must put the proper fuel into it to be able to run it for a long and powerful amount of time.
Drink water- Our body is made of water, put it in!
Do strength/resistance training- In a perfect world two days during the week would be dedicated to strength training. It has been proven to be the best way to burn calories, prevent injuries and build strong muscles.
Dress for comfort- Especially with your shoes. Make sure there is enough support as we use our feet for almost everything.
Learn proper form- We are very supportive about trying new types of activities and exercises but make sure form takes precedence over weight and reps. The last thing anyone wants to do when getting started is to get injured.