Are you ready to start working out but not sure where to start? Has it been so long that you’re not sure how to start or afraid that you’ll look silly?
I remember letting myself “go” prior to having the boys, my biggest was 150lbs, that might not seem like a lot but it is on this 5’1 frame. I didn’t even realize how “big” I had got until I started seeing pictures. I kept denying it too. This was in 2011/2012.
I kept saying, “ugh that’s such a bad angle” or “that makes me look fat.” It’s easier to blame it on a picture or an article of clothing. Finally, I couldn’t deny it anymore, I had gone from a size 4 to a size 10. And, I refused to start buying size 12 jeans. I couldn’t take it anymore, so I decided I would start running.
Of course, I remembered the last time I had ran without a ramp up. A ramp up is when you start really small, like a walk/jog, a time, or short distance, versus where you left off or what felt good at the time. I was 23 years old, living with my boyfriend at the time, and had my first real job after college. I decided I wanted to start working out again and decided I’d run.
Ha, I was such a kid, thinking that I could just run like I use to without stretching, without a warm up and worse of all a distance that was a norm (two miles) for me in the past. Well, I did if, I ran two miles, and was able to finish it just fine, or so I thought. It was on Fredericksburg road, which doesn’t seem too hilly but it was while running. A soft rolling incline.
I felt great, I finished it and I didn’t die. The next day, my body told me something different, my calves and whatever the ligaments by my ankles are called hurt. They hurt so much that the only way they didn’t was by wearing heels or walking on my toes. Needless to say, I didn’t work out again for a long time, after that. So I learned my lesson then, for the most part, not to over do it and think I could just jump back in.
So, in 2012, I got back to it and started running again. Afraid to hurt like I did then, I ran 0.25 miles. Yep just a measly 0.25. The next day I did it again. I made sure that I was going to start it off real slow that I could stick with it and not feel horrible. And, I never looked back again. I have had my setbacks, with car accidents and running injuries but each time I come back stronger. So, if you’re not sure where to start here are some tips to get you going.
So, if you’re at a place where you can’t just jump back or just never really were here are some tips.
- Start slow
- Try different workouts
- Stick with it!
- Start slow. Start with walking, start with 15 minute workouts or anything else that is not too hard. You can start with just doing workouts 1x or 2x a week. Taking on too much will lead you to getting sore or burnout. We, as humans, are not meant for drastic changes. So take it slow, and start small. Cheer for yourself, every small win is a win.
- Try different workouts. When I started working out again, and whenever I have a break, I always choose running again. It is the easy thing, it’s my default. But, it doesn’t keep me going. I usually lose interest after about a month and need to try out different workouts. I usually move to plyometrics or Zumba type workouts and finally from there I go back to lifting heavy. Whatever you decide to start with, make sure to change it up. It’s normal to lose interest, so make sure to change it up!
- Stick with it! Ok this is the most important, set goals for each week and every 30 days. This will make it easier to stick with it. We are all goal oriented whether we realize it or not. So, we will not stick to something without a goal no matter what it is. Like watch a show or movie, we would continue watching something if we didn’t know if it was going to end. We would stop watching if it felt like it was going nowhere. Set some goals and stick with it. If you fall behind, just remember there’s no behind, and just start it back up.
How do you get started towards your fitness goals? What are two ways that work for you?