The Best Time To Start Is Right Now
The start of the year is when a lot of people choose to make changes to their lifestyle. It’s like starting a clean slate! Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s the ONLY time to start something new. You don’t have to wait for the start of a new week, a new month or a new year to make healthy changes to your lifestyle. The hardest part of making those changes is often getting started, which can be why we put things off.
The secret to getting ahead is getting started.
So, to help you realise the best time to start a health and fitness routine is right NOW, we’ve put together a few tips to get you going!
One of the biggest mistakes people make in the early stages of a new fitness routine is trying to do too much, too quickly. When your willpower and motivation is channelled into changing one habit (such as how much you workout), it gives you a better chance at success. Being patient, and making small changes to your routine gradually, can make a huge difference when it comes to sticking to your goals.
Have a plan
There are so many different workout programs and so many variables when it comes to fitness. Knowing what you’re doing each day removes the confusion and guesswork out of the time you do have to workout. That means you can jump straight in and get started. That’s why the SWEAT app has an Activity planner — to help you see what you’ll be doing today, so you can throw on your sneakers and get started!
Set both short and long-term goals
While different approaches can work for different people, many women find it difficult to stay motivated when a goal appears so far away. Try setting monthly goals to begin with, because that gives you time to work towards them, without the risk of getting lost along the way. Maybe your long-term goal is to be able to do a backbend, so in the short-term, you are taking small steps to increase your flexibility! Focus on changing your behaviour, not your body, and see how much further that takes you.
Aim for consistency, not perfection
The problem with the all-or-nothing approach is there is no room for obstacles. At some point, you might get sick, have an impossible deadline at work or a family emergency that prevents you from working out that week. That doesn’t mean you should abandon all hope. Start again when you’re able, and don’t be afraid to gradually work back up to where you were. Do what you can do!
Give yourself a break
There will be obstacles and probably slip-ups during your fitness journey. That’s to be expected. But how you handle those moments makes a big difference to your overall progress! Slip-ups or missed workouts provide an all-too-easy excuse to stop trying and to give up. Instead of focusing on missing one workout, look back on all of the ones you completed. Give yourself a break, shake it off and keep moving ahead.
The beginning of the year can be a fantastic time to overhaul your health and fitness routine, but remember that you can start at ANY time. If you haven't yet made the progress you were hoping to this year, that doesn’t mean you should sideline your plans until a new year rolls around. You can start working out right this moment — you just have to make the choice to do it for yourself. And we KNOW you can do it!
* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.