Mastering The First Month Of A New Fitness Plan
Launching yourself into a new health and fitness program can be the first step on the road to a brighter future. Before you begin, though, it’s vital that your strategy is built to achieve immediate benefits. After all, natural human psychology makes it very difficult to stay motivated if you feel that your efforts are wasted.
For this reason, the first month of your fitness plan is arguably the most important of all. If you can see noticeable changes (on the scales, in the mirror, or regarding self-confidence) after this time, it should put you on the right path. Here’s all you need to know.
Focus On Nutrition & Lifestyle Changes
If you are anything like the average person, your fitness goals are partly about losing weight or toning up. It’s the oldest cliché in the book, but you cannot outrun a bad diet. Therefore, it’s imperative that you pay attention to this aspect of the process from day one. Otherwise, even burning off an extra 1,000 calories per day in the gym will only deliver limited results.
When thinking about your nutrition, you must strive for balance. And do this while prioritising the simple changes that bring big results. Some of the smartest steps are as follows;
- Stay hydrated. Drink a glass of water before meals, and as soon as you wake to kickstart the metabolism.
- Lose the sugars and syrups from your hot drinks. In an ideal world, you’ll lose the milk.
- Increase your fruit and green vegetable intake.
- Incorporate cheat days or cheat meals for the sake of motivation but ensure that they do not undo your hard work.
- Understand your body, especially in relation to food intolerances or allergies.
In addition to healthy eating, it’s important to consider sleep patterns and the impact of smoking. Give yourself a solid foundation with a winning lifestyle to reap the rewards inside and out.
Focus On Increased Health Rather Than Results
When starting a new fitness program, you will naturally want to see progress in your results. This could mean lifting heavier weights, running a faster 5km time, or losing 2” from your waist. However, obsessing over those features may actually have a detrimental impact. Conversely, when you focus primarily on unlocking increased health, the other benefits will fall into place.
The body is a reflection of your health. This means that your body shape, skin, and other features will all improve as a direct correlation of other features. Some key elements to focus on include;
- Reducing your blood pressure and obtaining a better blood sugar level.
- Reducing your resting heart rate and boosting your lung capacity as a result of getting fitter.
- Gaining a better physique, free from aches and pains, by understanding chakras and postural care to enhance mental health.
- Boosting your energy levels and stamina.
- Gaining increased confidence in your skin.
As you unlock a greater level of health, your fitness will follow. This includes improved athletic performance and upgrades to appearances and general body image.
Refrain From Doing Too Much, Too Soon
The adrenaline and enthusiasm of starting a fitness plan may encourage you to push through brick walls from the very first session. While the “no pain, no gain” mantra rings true, you must avoid overworking the body. Otherwise, you will inevitably lead yourself to an injury, which will end any progress.
There’s a need to strike the right balance between doing enough to enjoy effective sessions and leaving enough in the tank for tomorrow. Here are some key steps to consider;
- Use items that can ease the strain until you’re ready to increase the workload. This Gtech City electric bike review offers great insight.
- Combine different types of routines to avoid overworking any single muscle group.
- Incorporate low-impact sessions, perhaps using a day of walking within your new running plan.
- Focus on light weights and more reps. Aside from preventing too much strain, it allows you to develop better form and technique.
- Learn to be happy with a short session if that’s all you can manage on a certain day, it’s better than nothing.
To borrow yet another old cliché, it’s a marathon rather than a sprint. Even though you want quick results, avoiding any major setbacks in the first month is integral for success.
Use Friends As Motivation
Consistency is the key to ongoing success in fitness. In truth, it’s a mindset that needs immediate development. Routines and programs will evolve over time to reflect your changing body and goals. But the need to exercise frequently remains. This is a personal journey, but you do not have to face it alone. As well as PTs or fitness advisors, friends, and other fitness enthusiasts are ideal support.
This network of friends and online contacts can support your cause in many different ways. Here are some ideas and strategies that you may wish to incorporate;
- Set up a workplace fitness competition with colleagues to boost staff unity and stay fit.
- Use a fitness tracking App and compete against friends. This guide to the Garmin devices makes for excellent reading.
- Seek advice from a friend or relative that has previously completed the transformation you like.
- Follow the vlogs or fitness plans of a friend or social media influencer to stay on track.
- Make a note of the benefits that the fitness plan will deliver in relation to spending time with your kids or partner.
The human mind is the most powerful tool in this process by a considerable distance. If looking to others can help you develop the strength needed for success, you must embrace it.
Transforming your health and image for the better will take more than a month. Still, those first 30 days are integral for guiding you to the desired results. Even when you follow a good strategy, it can take 12 weeks for you to notice improvements in the mirror. However, with the above steps in place, internal and external rewards should follow. Crucially, you’ll want to carry on the process too.
So, what are you waiting for? You’ve got this! Drop me a line as always.
You shared some expert tips on insuring success when beginning a new fitness plan. Too often people will fizzle out due to lack of planning.
True, planning a fitness routine is tricky for some but it’s good to have a bespoke plan.
There is a lot of work involved in getting fit. I have trouble just trying to exercise modestly several times a week. Don’t think I’m up to this more rigorous fitness plan, but my hat is off to those who can manage it.
I guess walking is just as good. Take good care.