Four tips to help any sedentary person get into the active life
By Ea Francisco | Photo by Jenny Hill/Unsplash
It’s no surprise that starting a healthier lifestyle is an on-going trend. You’re probably going to have at least one friend who’s going to start getting fit. It’s not going to stop there and soon, you’ll have a bunch of friends doing it, too. Eventually, the number of people is going to make you curious to try it too, but what do you do when you’re just so used to the idea of being a couch potato? I’ve asked my friends how they did it, and it can all be summed up to these four points.
Set up Small Attainable Goals
The biggest hindrance to your lifestyle change is your mindset. Some people look at their goals and think it’s too hard and unachievable, and this ends up discouraging them altogether. While it’s good to be ambitious, you have to remember to start small. Before you can do amazing stuff like Crossfit and parkour, you have to set small goals to get there. It’s as simple as being able to do an extra five push-ups every week or going an extra mile in their run. These might seem insignificant, but it makes a difference. You’d be surprised to find that it gets easier to keep going after the first month.
One trend that’s been circulating for a while now is the idea of a bullet journal. It’s basically a customizable and organized journal made for just about anything. While it can be used for everyday tasks, it’s also used as a means to maintain discipline and monitor performance in their workouts. You can use it to organize your meal plan, monitor your weight loss, or even put some motivational words in some pages to help you keep going. Having things written down can help you maintain consistency rather than just telling yourself you’re going to do something.
Doing things are more fun when you have friends to share it with. Talking with friends about their exercises helps get you more pumped for your own routine. It’s not to compare your own fitness progress to theirs, but sharing your experiences reassures you that you’re not alone in the struggle. It also helps to get tips and advice regarding your workout and habits.
The first time you try exercising might make you feel weak and maybe even pathetic but when you start seeing results, you’ll feel a lot better about it. It’s not just about seeing yourself thinner or more muscular, but the feeling of being active and energetic. There’s an unexplainable fulfillment to doing something you previously couldn’t.
Everyone has their own reasons for adapting the fitness lifestyle. While it’s good to be more active, you shouldn’t feel pressured from seeing other people do it. The thing about fitness is that it’s primary concern is your health, so it all goes down with whatever you decide.