It’s very common that people find the actual starting to be the most difficult part of training. My advice is to JUST START - and start with some thing very, very easy. This way you will find it easier to continue and create an all important routine.
It’s my role as a personal trainer to help clients achieve and surpass goals. However, there is an approach to training that we all go through which is:
Contemplation - Action - Inspiration - Motivation
Some people stay in the Contemplation period and never take action. The problem often being, knowing where to start and overcoming ‘boundaries’.
So, as I mentioned, JUST START - do something!
Keep things simple to begin with and create a good exercise routine.
4 mins a day is enough. I’ve seen with clients that once they are training and out of the ‘contemplation’ period that ‘action’ - ‘inspiration’ - ‘motivation’ becomes an ongoing cycle.
When you start training, you’re inspired to start eating better, then you’re inspired to sleep more, then you’re inspired to make a regular commitment and join a fitness, and so on.
If you can’t manage 4 minutes then start with one squat or lunge! The next day see how many you can do. You’re more likely to continue this way.
Start very easy
This way you’re more likely to continue, as you can achieve this. Focus on the routine rather than the results
Start training at home
For convenience and removing any boundaries. What you don’t need is to take a trek to the gym, get changed, spend an hour working out, then come home again.
Do short workouts
You can fit these into your busy day AND get great results.
Is 4 minutes enough?
You don’t need to spend an hour or so running or working out at the gym.
I never use traditional cardio training (unless for an event) as you can get better results from 4 minute cardio circuits. Here are the benefits
What kind of training?
Choose classic body weight exercises that are very effective and don’t take any equipment, or kettlebells. Ask yourself how many can you do in 4 minutes?
Who many squats in 4 minutes?
How many lunges?
How many kettelbell swings?
How many burpees?
You don’t have to work non-stop, you can do tabata style training sets: 20 seconds exercise, 10 seconds rest for 4 minutes. See how many repetitions you achieve, then try to do more next time.
Targeting your legs will incorporate large muscles, thus more fat burning, as well as engaging the core, which is important to strengthen as a beginner.
If you're a beginner, then don't over-do it - your first task is to create a routine and condition your muscles.
If you've done exercise before and find things too easy then increase the intensity. For example progress Squats to Jump Squats, then Burpees or Kettlebell Squats.
Once you’re managing to train for 4 minutes a day you’ll be surprised what happens!
Good luck and let me know what you do in 4 minutes?
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