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12 Fitness Tips To Start Your Journey Right

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Starting anything new can be scary, especially when you feel like unknowns exist around every corner. Luckily, fitness doesn’t have to be the metaphorical monster under the bed for first-time fitness enthusiasts like you.

Whether you’re looking to venture into strength training for the first time, run a mile without stopping, or just want to live a more balanced lifestyle with the help of exercise, these tips are sure to assist.

Success as you begin your fitness journey is just a click away. Check out these 12 useful fitness tips to keep in mind as you embark on a lifelong relationship with exercise:

Fitness Tips for Beginners

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Editor’s Note: The content on BarBend is meant to be informative in nature, but it should not be taken as medical advice. When starting a new training regimen and/or diet, it is always a good idea to consult with a trusted medical professional. We are not a medical resource. The opinions and articles on this site are not intended for use as diagnosis, prevention, and/or treatment of health problems. They are not substitutes for consulting a qualified medical professional.

For the Mind

Mastering the mind is a critical step to enhancing your quality of life — and your fitness journey. Control your thoughts and you’ll control your own destiny with whatever comes next: Boxing, running, jumping, or lifting.

Don’t Forget Your “Why”

Pro tip: Write down your goal on a post it note and stick it on your bathroom mirror (or the place you tend to look at the most). 

Before you start a detailed exercise and nutrition plan, you need to set SMART goals. SMART stands for “specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound,” which helps goal-setters get granular about what they want to accomplish and take productive action. (1)

Maybe you want to run a mile without stopping by the end of the year, or you’re looking to lose a few pounds before your wedding. Whatever your goals are, remember them on the days you need a little extra motivation. Your “why” will drive you to be consistent.

Keep Your Mindset (and Self-Talk) Positive

Pro tip: Remember to be thankful for what your body can do. Start each workout by saying (in your head or out loud) one part of your body that you’re thankful for. An example of this would be, “I’m thankful for my strong legs because they allow me to run.”

Benefits of a positive mindset – Metrifit Ready to Perform

Imagine telling a friend over and over that they weren’t good at running or strong enough to lift a certain weight. You probably wouldn’t do that, right? If you wouldn’t say the negative things you’re thinking during a workout to a friend, you shouldn’t say them to yourself. Keep your mindset (and self talk) positive and encouraging.

This skill of positive thinking will extend far beyond the beginning of your fitness journey. You’ll notice that a positive mindset allows you to take future challenges and hurdles in stride (and, hello, who doesn’t want the ability to be more resilient?).

Remember the Mind-Muscle Connection

Pro tip: Turn on a playlist that helps you stay in the moment. This may look like more calming music than you’re used to, but it’ll allow your brain to focus on your movements.

It can be tempting to zone out during a workout, but studies (2) show it’s actually more beneficial to focus intentionally on the specific movements as you do them.When focusing on a specific muscle, you may be able to more thoroughly engage your muscle fibers, which may improve your gains. This is a great way to practice mindfulness (your yoga instructor would be proud) as well, and stay present in the moment with your body.

 

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  1. jboero2022

    Good looking article, congrats!

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