Beginner Guide: How to start your fitness journey

Tips for Beginners

Today’s health and fitness scene is bigger and more diverse than ever before. Developments in this area have driven and changed many things: from advanced fitness trackers, new training disciplines, and high-tech cardio machines to weight machines, and much more. However, as a result of the incredible number of choices available, many people report feeling overwhelmed and unsure of where to begin.

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With a wealth of experience and a long history in this industry, we understand how difficult and confusing getting started can be. We have therefore put together 6 tips to keep you motivated and to make it easier for you to start your fitness routine.

1. Find Your ‘why’

We know that every beginning can be difficult. But it is important to know why you are doing all this. Your “why” should only matter to you, something you long for inside and shouldn’t care about other people’s opinions. It can be as small as getting out of bed pain-free, not getting out of breath climbing stairs, or feeling healthier and fitter.

Whatever the reason, your ‘why’ will help you stay motivated and stay on track with your goal.

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2. Set SMART goals

Now that you know your “why,” it’s important to structure and segment your goals. The SMART Goals will help you step by step to get closer to your dream, create healthy habits and visualize your way there.

What are SMART Goals:

S – Specific
It is important that you describe your goal precisely. For example, if you set a goal to get fitter in general, it’s important to be a little more specific and set a specific goal:

“I want to be able to jog without getting tired.”

M – Measurable
After you’ve defined your goal, the next step is to think about how to measure your progress. To make your goal “to go jogging without getting tired” measurable, you can consider the following:

“I want to jog for 30 minutes without getting tired.”

A – Attainable
Now that you know how to measure your goals, it’s important to take the next step to make sure they’re achievable.

For example:

I can jog for 30 minutes without becoming tired by jogging steadily for 5 minutes before slowing down or taking pauses. I’ll speed up by 30-60 seconds.”

This structuring will define your goal more clearly and you will eventually be able to go jogging for 30 minutes.

R – Relevant
When a goal is relevant, it is directly related to you and your lifestyle. In this case, jogging is good for your health and improves your fitness.

T – Time-bound
Setting deadlines helps create a sense of urgency and motivation. It also makes it easier to measure progress over a set period of time. Having a fixed schedule also makes it easier to make adjustments to achieve the desired outcome in time.

Find a fitness routine that works for you

3. Find a fitness routine that works for you

Now that you have precisely structured and divided your goal, it is time to take action. Depending on your current condition and fitness level, there are a few important things to keep in mind.

Before beginning your fitness journey, we advise you to schedule a health check with your doctor or address the issues that may be limiting your range of motion.

Where do you feel most comfortable when training?

  • At home
  • Outdoors/in the park
  • At the gym

What fitness level and previous knowledge do you have?

  • Beginners without prior knowledge
  • Beginners with little prior knowledge
  • Beginners with basic knowledge
  • Beginner to advanced

Once you know which category you fall into, it will be easier for you to choose the right training program:

1. Personal training (online or in-person)
With a qualified personal trainer, you will receive an individual training plan that is precisely tailored to your goals. The big benefit here is that your trainer can educate you on nutritional basics and show you the best exercises to start with.

2. group training
This type of training typically involves workouts such as boot camp, HIIT, circuit training, cardio, or strength training. Although the training is not tailored to you personally, it still meets your needs because you have the same or very similar goals as the other course participants. This option is cheaper and gives you the opportunity to find a workout partner who will support you and hold you accountable if you stop going regularly. In a group, motivation is usually higher because you push each other.

3. Alone
If you have a good level of skill and feel confident creating and following your own training plan, this is a fantastic and practical option. The advantage here is that you can set your own pace and your training plan is tailored to you.

Whenever you download a workout plan from the internet, it is important to check that it is from a reputable source (someone qualified and trained to provide fitness & training advice).

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Set a schedule

4. Set a schedule

Once you’ve found the fitness routine that best suits your needs, it’s time to commit to a schedule. We always advise starting small and making changes as you go.

Schedule 30-60 minutes 2-3 days a week to exercise. Adapt the schedule to your current daily activities.

  • Which part of the day—the morning, the afternoon, or the evening—do you find that you have more time?
  • What days of the week do you find it easiest?

Once you get used to exercising consistently, you should track your progress and adjust your exercises accordingly.

5. Start exercising

There is no perfect way to start. The only right answer is: get active! Keep in mind that the first step of any journey is the most important one and that with each step you take, you learn something new about yourself, such as your level of fitness, your limitations, your capabilities, and a great deal more.

Our tip: Keep a diary in which you record all your feelings and progress. You can jot down your post-workout emotions, reflect on special moments during your workout, or write about what you’re looking forward to next. By tracking your progress in this way, you stay motivated and consistent.

6. Don’t make comparisons

The road to a healthier, fitter life shouldn’t be a competition. And sometimes the best way to succeed is to focus on the basic principles.

You can find a lot of information and tips on the Internet, but what works for others does not necessarily have to be successful for you. You decide what is good and bad for you. Listen to your body and remember to always have fun and enjoy the journey to your new self.

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