by Kenny McClendon
With the start of a new year, you may have decided that 2015 is the year you will put your health first and start your new exercise routine. Some questions you might have are:
Where do I start?
What is the best exercise routine for me?
What are my health and fitness goals?
What is my budget?
What is my availability and my determination?
Am I self-motivated?
From my experience as a health and wellness professional, I can tell you that many people don’t take the time to answer these questions. I can also tell you that those who think carefully (and get some expert guidance from people like me) have the best chance of making a true lifestyle change, instead of just making an immediate and often ineffective, temporary change.
Follow These Steps
Step 1: List your goals. I mean more than that you want to lose 30 pounds or get jacked like Arnold. I am talking about the reasons you want to get healthier. Do you want be there for your grandchildren? Do you need to lose weight to prevent Type 2 diabetes? Maybe you want to train for a marathon so that you can scratch that off of your bucket list. When you have defined specific goals, you’ll stay motivated, which is vital to making a lifestyle change.
Step 2: Determine your availability and block out the time. I always recommend adding your workout to your daily calendar so you can plan accordingly and have that time set aside for your health.
Step 3: Consider your budget. In my view, your health should occupy an important spot in your personal budget, at the level of food, shelter, clothing and safety for your family. Ask yourself, do you want that new pair of jeans, or do you want to look awesome in the great pair of jeans you already own? Or would you rather empty your wallet to pay medical bills for a preventable chronic condition? You can decide where your money goes; and remember, your health is your wealth!
Once you’ve completed these steps, you’re ready to make some decisions about your new exercise routine.
The next step I recommend is connecting with a fitness expert or personal trainer, someone who has solid experience working with someone who’s starting a new routine. When you choose a trainer, chose one with a college degree over someone with a weekend certificate. I also suggest a boutique-styled center as opposed to a large commercial gym when starting out, because in my experience the trainers at smaller centers tend to be more knowledgeable. Also, I find people usually are more consistent with their workouts in smaller centers.
“A personal trainer will work with you to create a regimen designed specifically for you, one that will help you reach your goals.”
A personal trainer will work with you to create a regimen designed specifically for you, one that will help you reach your goals. A good trainer will also help you stay motivated and focused on maximizing your efforts. Yes, a new fitness routine is a big investment of time, energy and effort, but you’re absolutely worth it, and I am certain that you will love the results.
Kenny McClendon is the owner of Fit Therapy of Texas, where he helps individuals reach their fitness goals. He helps individuals reach their fitness goals, including weight loss, muscle building, toning, learning the basics and more. For more information, call 210-495-3131 or visit www.fittherapyoftexas.com.