How hard is it to stay on track? I just can't seem to keep my motivation. I recently moved into a dorm and i notice I'm gaining a little weight. I want to be toned and skinny...any suggestions or hints? Thanks all!!
Welcome to Skimble!
First off....starting towards a healthy lifestyle can be tough at first. But trust me once you see results you will become addicted. The key is to make a Lifestyle Change rather than just "start exercising." It's all about developing your routines until workouts become a "habit"
A good start for anyone could be a bit of Cardio work. That could be a light jog a few times per week or a ride perhaps. Anything that raises your heart rate is worthwhile. If time is an issue you could work with Tabata or HIIT workouts. These provide a substantial Cardiovascular improvement in a short space of time (for example exercises Tabata style can take as little as 4 mins per workout)
Other than this you could start with the Beginner workouts on Skimble and progress as your fitness improves to the tougher routines. I have been at this a year and I still look at some workouts and think "WTF?? I will Never do that!"
The key things to remember are as follows:
- Be sure WHY you want to get fit - What are you ultimate goals?: If you truly want something enough (be that to lose a belly or to stay fit and live longer for your spouse or kids) you will make it happen. You will stay focussed and you will succeed. My motivation is my family. I want to be in good shape for my wife..... and to be able to run around with my kids without a heart attack. Ultimately it will give me a lot more time with those I love which is more than enough motivation for me!
- Anything is better than nothing: If you don't have the time for a half hour workout then do a few squats or push ups. Jumping Jacks or Mountain Climbers are a workout in themselves. Trust me...try Moutain climbers for a minute.
- Develop a Routine and make this a habit: Decide when you want to be working out. Chose your workout based on the time you have available. I regularly do 5 minute workouts when I am running late from work but still want to do something. Stick to a daily routine for 30 days and you will find it becomes almost a habit.
- Eat and Drink Healthy: Nutrition and hydration are important factors when exercising. Eat your RDA of vitamins and minerals (if you have to supplement) and drink 3 litres of water per day
- Rest to Recover: Rest is as important as exercise. Being a newbie you will be sore after most workouts. Always allow at least a day for your body to repair itself before working your muscles again. You can however do upper body one day and lower the next.
- Socialise: Although personally I did not have a problem with motivation I see that a lot of people find socialising on the forums a great way to keep themselves going. Make friends, follow them and urge each other on. Feel free to add me if you wish.
I will leave it there for now. Add me as a friend and feel free to ask about anything you are unsure about.
Yeah when you see a big post you know I am on my PC and not my phone!
I'm new at skimble as well and I have planned my first work out today. We might be each others motivators .
Thanks for your post Alan, very helpful.
Thanks im only 13 but im doing it for soccer
I would love to help you out and keep you motivated.