The Best Time To Start Is Right Now
If you want to start working out, but you can’t find the right time to begin — here are some tools and tips for you!
You don’t have to wait for the start of a new year to start taking care of your health. In fact, the best time to time to take action to make a positive change in your life is the present moment!
Take a moment to consider this. You can plan for the future — but if you don’t take action in the present, those plans will never kick-off. The good news is that starting out doesn’t have to be overwhelming — you can break it down into actionable steps.
- Why there’s no perfect moment
- How to build confidence through action
- How to create new habits
- Why you need a fitness goal
- How to get results
- Why rest is essential
- What to do on tough days
Here’s how to start right now
When you’re afraid to begin working towards your fitness goals, or you can’t see a way forward, here are some steps to take to overcome your fear of starting.
Don’t wait for the perfect moment
Many of us feel like we are too busy to change bad habits and start creating healthier ones. We put off taking care of ourselves until we have more time, less pressure at work, or fewer commitments.
You don’t have to wait for the perfect moment to start making healthy choices. You can start right now. Get motivated by making one small change, and see what difference it makes!
Build confidence through action
Self-doubt can be one of the biggest barriers to starting, or re-starting, your fitness journey. If you’ve tried before and experienced a setback, you may feel like you’ve failed.
The first thing that you need to remember is that you haven’t failed! Fitness is a journey with many twists and turns. Practising gratitude can help you to overcome any self-doubt and focus on the positive action you can take right now
Plan to create new habits
Once you have made the decision to get started on your health and fitness journey, take the time to plan how you’ll take action.
Start by making one small change at a time to create new healthy habits — this will ensure that you make sustainable changes to your lifestyle. Remember, being healthy is a lifestyle for the long term — not a quick fix.
For example, you might focus on improving your sleep by setting your phone aside half an hour before bedtime. Getting better sleep will help you to feel better each day, plus sleep is essential for recovering from your workouts!
Set a goal
Having a goal that you are working towards is important so that you can measure your progress. Setting healthy goals that are realistic and achievable can help you to establish long term healthy habits.
When you set your fitness goals, break them down into smaller goals you can achieve quickly.
This will keep you motivated as you’ll see that you are making progress towards your bigger goal — taking one small step at a time is the best way to reach your large fitness goals!
Consistency gets results
You can work out in the gym or at home to get results — the most important thing is that you work out consistently!
A recent review of women and resistance training by the University of New South Wales found that the frequency of workouts was the best predictor of increased strength — not whether their training was completed under the direct supervision of an exercise professional or whether they completed exercises to exhaustion.
When you commit to working out two to three times each week and make it part of your lifestyle, you can definitely get results!
Reward yourself with rest days
Rest is an essential part of training — in fact, your rest days are just as important as your workouts!
When you follow a workout program, make sure that you include at least one full rest day each week to allow your body to recover. This will help to keep you motivated to continue with your training once you’ve started.
Plan to eat well
When you’re busy and on-the-go — especially through the holiday season — it can be harder to eat healthy at every meal. Choosing nutritious food can help to accelerate your results from training, and you’ll also have more energy — so where should you start?
The best place to start with healthy eating is to educate yourself about what foods are best and to start by establishing simple healthy eating habits to include healthy foods into your lifestyle.
Prepare your tool kit for tough days
You can expect to encounter setbacks during your fitness journey. If you lose motivation to work out, you may want to try a new training style to find something that you really love! Try taking a class or just mixing it up with a different workout style.
There are also times where you may love the training you do, but you might still need to use discipline to keep you moving towards your goals.
If one of the reasons you haven’t started yet is that you are afraid of losing motivation quickly, plan ahead to prevent it! Find some motivational quotes that inspire you and remind you of why you’re starting.
A great workout playlist can also help to get you through those tough days.
You’re bound to have questions when you start working out. With the SWEAT Community, you’re not alone — you can share your fitness journey and be inspired by other women going through the same experiences!
Start your fitness journey right now!
You can use the tips in this article to start improving your health and fitness today — there’s no better time than right now!
With the right support and a positive mindset, you can achieve your goals. For more inspiration, check out these fitness motivation tips from the SWEAT trainers on how to make fitness a part of your lifestyle.
What positive changes can you make today to improve your health and fitness? Let us know in the comments!
* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.