Finding Your Fitness Footing
Have you ever stood on the edge of something new and exciting, yet found yourself filled with a cocktail of exhilaration and nerves? Staring at a brand new workout gear and wondering how on earth I was going to make this “fitness journey” work. Like many dads, you want to get fit, but have no idea where to start. The world of fitness seemed full of confusing jargon and intimidating routines.
But here’s the good news: starting a fitness journey doesn’t have to be overwhelming, and I’m going to help guide you through it.
Identify Your Fitness Goals: Make them S.M.A.R.T
Let’s start with the most crucial part: defining your fitness goals. And no, “looking like Chris Hemsworth in Thor” isn’t an appropriate goal
Here’s the truth: Vague goals are a surefire way to lose motivation and momentum. Your goals need to be S.M.A.R.T: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.
- Specific: Know what you want. Whether it’s losing 20 pounds, running a 5K, or simply being able to play with your kids without getting winded, the more specific your goal, the better.
- Measurable: If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. “Getting in shape” is too nebulous. Try something like “losing two inches off my waistline.” It’s quantifiable and allows you to track progress.
- Achievable: Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your dream body. Make sure your goals are something you can realistically achieve, given your current fitness level and lifestyle.
- Relevant: Make sure your goals align with your personal interests and life stage. As dads, we might prioritize functional fitness and health longevity over having six-pack abs.
- Time-Bound: Assign deadlines to your goals to create a sense of urgency and drive.
Create a Workout Schedule That Fits
Now, onto the logistics. It’s time to build a workout schedule that aligns with your lifestyle and commitments. This will look different for everyone.
- Assess Your Availability: Work out when you’re going to work out. Do you prefer early morning sessions before the kids wake up? Or maybe late-night workouts after everyone’s in bed? Find what fits best in your daily routine.
- Be Consistent: Aim for consistency rather than intensity. Remember, you’re running a marathon, not a sprint. It’s better to do moderate exercise consistently than to go hard for a few days and then give up.
- Plan for Rest: Don’t forget to rest. Your body needs time to recover, especially when you’re just starting. Schedule rest days in your workout routine.
Starting a fitness journey as a dad might seem daunting, but with S.M.A.R.T goals and a well-thought-out workout schedule, you can set yourself up for success. Remember, fitness isn’t about perfection; it’s about making progress. Start small, keep consistent, and build from there.
And here’s a little nugget of wisdom before we part: Don’t wait for motivation to strike. Start first, and the motivation will follow. So, are you ready to start this fitness journey? Because I can’t wait to see where it takes you
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