When I began working out consistently about a year ago, I really wanted to join a gym. I think most people have a perception that gyms are the best place to get into shape. I was shocked, however, at the high cost of membership. Many gyms have a sign on fee, a monthly fee and even fees for classes or using amenities. I decided to build my own workout plan using online resources rather than shell out the money for a membership. Follow my guide to build your own fitness routine.
Set Your Goals
First, you want to set your own fitness goals. How much weight do you want to lose? Are you just looking to build endurance? How about learning to run? Once you have your goals set you can start to work towards them. My goal was to gain strength and loose some weight. Buy a journal or notebook to keep track of your progress. Another tool I use is MyFitnessPal which lets you track your workouts and your diet. It helps you estimate how many calories you burn doing each activity. Set up a doctor’s appointment and share your goals and make sure you are in healthy enough shape to start a fitness routine.
A huge piece of advice I can offer is to start small. If you start working out full on right away, you will risk injuring yourself. A good goal is to start with twenty to thirty minutes of fitness per day every other day. You can slowly increase to more minutes per day and more workouts per week. What I liked about starting small is that I could add workouts throughout my day, like on my lunch break, instead of devoting a lot of time at the gym. You will want to make sure you have plenty of rest days, because that is when your body recovers and rebuilds muscle. I initially injured myself by working out for two or three hours at a time every day. It sidelined me for a few weeks, which ultimately set my goals back a few weeks, too.
YouTube was a great resource for my workouts, and I simply searched for beginners workouts. Pick a style of workout that appeals to you. If you like cardio, choose a cardio workout, but if you’re into another type of fitness, choose that instead. If you can’t complete all of a video because it’s too challenging, take a break or modify it to your abilities. If you keep at it, eventually you will become good at that particular video and have to move on to more challenging work outs. I like to mix up my workouts and do yoga, pilates, cardio and strength training.
Use Your Body
Some workouts don’t require a video or instruction at all. If you can, take a short walk every day. It requires no equipment and is great not only for your body but nature can help calm your mind. I like taking a long walk when the weather is nice as a warm up to more intense workouts. Crunches, push ups, squats and other basic calisthenics don’t require equipment or instruction either. I like adding these into my workout as well, and set monthly goals for how many of each I can do. Its good to see improvement and is a fun way to challenge yourself.
Fitness is important to your health and it can help you lead a more exciting life. Working out has helped me lose weight, gain energy and also gain confidence. You don’t have to spend a ton of money on a gym membership to get fit, just grab your computer or device and watch some videos or even just take a walk. You could soon be on your way to reaching your ultimate fitness goals and setting new ones.