How do I workout? What exercises should I do? How long do I workout? Am I doing any of this stuff right? Why am I so sore afterwards?
So many questions about exercising. So let's narrow it down. The following three questions are for everyone who exercises -no matter how new or advanced you may be.
What are your goals?
If you know where you are going, its a lot easier to get there. Know what you want to do. Do you want to play soccer, lift heavy, run a marathon/triathlon, bike for 100 miles, participate or place in an event? Even just to stay a healthy weight and be able to work around the house?
The list goes on, but you need to have a goal. BE SPECIFIC as possible.
What are you doing to achieve your goals?
Is your lifestyle conducive to your goal(s)? One step at a time. Start small and work your way up. If your goal is to lose 50 lbs, start off with a goal of 5 lbs. Once you achieve that, move to the next step of 10 lbs. Rome wasn't built in a day, so getting your body where you want is going to be a process.
It WILL be worth it in the end.
If you really want to achieve your goals, you will do what it takes to get there. One more lap and one more rep will get you to your goal that much faster.
Why do you want this goal?
You have the what and how, but now you need the why. The WHY is the driving factor.
The WHY keeps you moving, even through the hardest times.
Here are a couple examples of the INTERNAL MOTIVATION that keeps people going.
[I'm doing this to be the best athlete I can be- I'm doing this to improve my health - I'm doing this to be around longer for my family - I'm doing this because I feel and look better - I'm doing this because it allows me to help others- I'm doing this to better my relationship with my spouse]
If you want to be successful with any exercise program-look deep down inside and find out that
YOU ARE WORTH IT.
You and your body are the only one you will ever have, so take care of it through regular exercise.
Step 1 for exercising:
Setting simple, attainable goals is the #1 rule for success.
Good Luck and I look forward hearing from you!
Brian Vernetti - ACSM Personal Trainer
Contact Interval Athlete if you need help with goals or exercise programs.
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