When you think about losing weight, working out is usually the first thing that comes to mind, along with dieting most of the times. Obviously, this is with a reason, working out plays a huge role in weight loss. Here we'll find out a couple of things you need to know when you want to start working out for weight loss.
Always start small
When you have not worked out for years and suddenly want to start hitting the gym five days a week, you are setting yourself up for failure. Not only do your muscles need to be build up slowly, your mind also needs to accustom to your new routine and make a habit out of it. So, it's a better idea to start with working out one or two days a week and stick to light exercises in the week. Yoga or walking can be a great place to start building some muscle and improving your fitness.
You need to plan your work-out sessions
I do not know how this works for you, but if I do not plan something than it does not happen. This also goes for work-outs, you need to create a plan that fits within your schedule and stick to it. You should also make it yourself as easy as possible. This means that you put out your work-out wear before you go to bed, or sleep in it even. This could also mean that you work-out at home or that you choose a gym that is close to your home or work.
Do not try to make it perfect
Trust me, you're not always going to stick to your schedule perfectly. Some days you will not find the time or you're just not feeling it. You could give up your entire journey because you failed one time, but it is not a lot better to go harder the next day. Use your failures to remind yourself why you are doing what you're doing and do not let them get you down.
Learn to persists
When you start with your fitness journey you are very motivated, but this initial motivation will fade slowly. Many people quit trying when they do lose their motivation. If you always quit when it's getting hard then you will not ever be able to achieve anything. So, change things this time and persist just a little longer to make working out a habit, before you know it you'll have lost all the weight and gained muscle.
Find a work-out that you love
The only way you'll stick to your routine is when you love what you're doing. Do not force yourself to hit the gym when you absolutely hate it, maybe you're more of a runner. Or when you despise having to get out in the cold to run, then possibly an inside session is more your thing. I promise that there is something out there for you as well, you only need to find it.
Find the motivation within yourself
Exercising because you promised your wife, or because you want to be skinny is not the best motivation in the world. Of course, it will work the first few weeks, but you will not last long. You need a motivation that comes from within, like feeling happier or improving your health. That kind of motivation will last a lifetime.
Fitness is a personal journey that I can tell you all about what I want, but you're the one that will need to do the work. There are no shortcuts to health, you'll need to work. So, do not wait around any longer, start today if you can. Starting is half the work, so purchase a fitness book, go out and buy new sportswear or create your work-out schedule for next week. Now all I can do for you is hope that you follow my tips and wish you all the best of luck on your fitness journey.