What’re some things new gym goers can do to make fitness a habit?
From what observed after coaching for over 5,000 hours; the one thing I’ve seen stand the test of time is putting fitness on a schedule. Let me clarify, start off by picking two days out of the week where you know for a fact you can get into the gym. For example: Mondays and Wednesdays before work at 6am.
How do I, as a new gym goer, become motivated to workout?
Honestly, at first you probably won’t. For the first week or two it’ll be self discipline and adapting to a new learning curve. That’s part of anything new. The fun happens when you realize the amazing benefits of fitness and now it’s part of your daily life. You start enjoy working hard, sweating and releasing your brains “happy chemicals”; this is where I, as a coach, see the general public really make a positive change.
There is so much information, I’m having a hard time figuring out what will work for me!
This is what I call “analysis by paralysis”. It happens a lot and it’s easy to fall into this trap.
Take an “information dump”. Don’t go looking for the next best thing, or the easy fix. Just start doing! Action leads to enthusiastic action and now you will double down on your effort because you feel good after you workout.
I don’t know where to begin!
Best thing I ever did was hire someone who had what I wanted. Don’t be shy asking for help. Money is a resource we can gain back; time is not!
What are the three most important lifestyle factors outside of the gym that will be affecting my new Workout Habits?
- Nutrition: These are principles that stand the test of time. Eat palm size portions of protein, fist sized portions of carbohydrates and vegetables 3-4 per day. Drink half your body weight in oz of water per day.
- Sleep: Sleep is often overlooked. I can’t stress enough how important sleep is for us; it dumps out vital hormones for growth, resets our nervous system and helps maintain cognitive function. Aim for at least 7 hours of sleep per night.
- Stress: Stress is often not talked about but can wreak havoc on our “system” if not maintained. In our western society we are always living with a low level chronic frequency of stress; which is why exercising is so important! Exercise can help reduce our levels of stress and will release our “happy chemicals” such as serotonin and dopamine. Reducing stress through exercise can have a major positive ROI, return on investment, when it comes to home-life, sleep, work and other important factor of your life.
Chandler: Gilbert Rd
Certified Personal Trainer