With 2018 being upon us, there will be plenty of discussion on exercise and nutrition.
Although we don’t prescribe to New Year Resolutions, we can still help you nail the right questions before asking price and how much weight you can lose.
With that being said, here are seven questions to ask yourself when starting to exercise:
#1: How much time can I commit to exercise per week?
This will be the cornerstone to creating a plan that will work for you and your lifestyle. Too many “gurus” recommend working out for this amount of time and these amount of days. That’s great but if it doesn’t work for your lifestyle, it doesn’t matter. You won’t stick with it.
So figure out how many hours or minutes you can commit to exercising start from there. We do recommend you focus on committing to exercising hours and minutes versus days because being effective with time usually happens when planning for the hours and minutes in a day.
#2: Why do I want to exercise now versus six months ago? (Or if you have been exercising regularly “Why am I switching up my routine?)
If question #1 is the cornerstone, this is the foundation for making a change. Your “why” must be compelling enough that it pulls you out of bed when you become sore and/or when you’re super stressed at work and home.
Don’t rush finding an answer here. It’ll keep you in the game when it appears easier to be on the sideline.
Don’t begin to exercise until you’re clear why you’re getting started in the first place.
FYI: wanting to lose 20lbs. isn’t a compelling enough reason why you’re getting started. If so, that would’ve been accomplished many moons ago. Think critically on how the 20lbs. weight loss will change you and your life. Now, you’ll be getting to your compelling reason.
#3: What are the ramifications when I continue on with exercise?
This is a great question because you begin to unveil WIIFM (What’s In It For Me?). WIIFM is powerful because it allows you to envision what happens when you follow through with consistency. This is your gift. This isn’t about anyone else other than yourself.
Think through how these changes will impact you and your life. Go deep and peel the onion.
You’ll be glad you did.
#4: What are the ramifications if I don’t follow through with exercise?
What is the likely outcome if you decide to continue doing the same things that’s gotten you to this point? Be honest here and get a bit uncomfortable if it warrants it. In our experience, many people tend to have a trigger point that made them decide to join our program.
This may be the case with you or maybe not.
Either way, what would happen if you ignored your doctor’s order of beginning exercise? What would happen if you don’t switch things up and get smarter about your training?
Let your answer(s) drive you the same way your “why” will.
#5: How can I schedule my workouts so that there’s fewest possible interruptions?
It’s pivotal you’re able to get into a rhythm when you’re beginning to exercise or start a training program. Consistency is the number one way to achieve your goals.
Being able to map out your workout schedule is the prerequisite to your consistency.
Plus, there are studies that show you’re 74% more likely to attend workouts when you schedule them. It’s a no-brainer.
That means, “I’m not a morning person” can no longer be your identity if that’s the only time of day that guarantees you zero interruptions.
#6: Who shall I workout with?
Will you be working out by yourself? A friend? Trainer/coach? There’s no right or wrong answer here.
However, how you answer can be detrimental to your consistency depending on where you are in your fitness and weight loss journey.
If you’ve been training by yourself for some time and you’ll been able to get the desired results (body composition, performance, functionality, and/or strength), then that’s probably a good sample size that you’re equipped to go at it alone.
If you have a friend that’s achieved your desired result, is highly motivated on helping you, and show you the proper way to perform exercises then they may be a good accountability partner for you at some point in your journey. Maybe it’s the beginning or maybe it’s when you’ve gotten into a good groove.
There are pros and cons to each approach. However, working with a trained professional with the expertise and knowledge of being in shape, but more importantly, experience of getting people just like yourself their desired result is invaluable.
Regardless of exercise history, a trained professional can ensure you’re working within your capability to reduce injury but challenging enough to achieve results.
#7: How shall I workout?
Your results rely on this. It’s great to sweat and burn some calories but there’s need to be a bit more precision when trying to achieve tangible results.
It’s a certain route you take to get from New York to Disney World. If not, you may end up at Sea World, not terrible, but is that where you’re really trying to go?! Probably not.
So, how you workout and what kind of training you will do will make a huge difference in how you’re trying to get your body to look and feel.
Make sure you’re doing things that will get you your desired result in the most efficient manner possible.
This is where a trained professional makes the most difference by ensuring you have the right strategy and sticking to the strategy.
There you have it, seven questions you need to ask yourself before starting to exercise.