Probably one of the most frequently asked questions I get when people approach me about embarking on a fitness journey is “how or where do I get started?” There is so much choice available to us now that it can be a little daunting and for some people that alone can be enough to stop them in their tracks and make them forget about improving their health and fitness.
So, lets take a look at a few of the options available:
A traditional gym membership – great for so many different reasons. You can usually take part in a range of different group classes, instructors in the gym will be able to advise you on how to use the equipment available and they may also be able to put together a plan for you to follow. Depending on the type of gym there may also be other facilities that you get access to such as a pool.
A personal trainer – working with someone on a 1:1 basis can be a great way to achieve your goals. You are likely to get a customised program that fits your goals and you have someone that can answer your questions as and when they crop up. Personal trainers often work out of gyms or may offer boot camp type sessions. There are usually plenty around to choose from so make sure you do your research and find someone that has good reviews.
Fitness classes in your local community – if where you live is anything like where I am you will find a number of different classes right on your doorstep. Popular ones in my area include: Yoga, Zumba, Bums and tums, Pilates plus a few others. Many people enjoy a group environment and it can be a fantastic way to connect with other likeminded people in your local community.
Running – this is close to my heart as I love to run. Many people will turn to running as an easy and cheap way to start making changes to their fitness. Apps like ‘couch to 5K’ are a great way for beginners to start. Running can be a really convenient way to get and stay fit, you can lace up your trainers, step out of your front door and just go. Do remember though to invest in a good pair of trainers if you are going to be running on a regular basis.
Home workouts – perhaps the most flexible option available right now, one that has been around for decades but has changed and evolved. Traditionally home workouts meant investing in a couple of DVDs’ and doing them in your living room, repeating the same routine over and over again. Now though the options for home workouts are endless. You can kit out a spare room or garage with as much equipment as you want, from running machines, to hand weights, to rowers, to weighted hula hoops and everything else in between.
So how do you decide which option is for you? There are lots of things to consider that can all help you to decide, think about the following:
- What would you like to achieve?
- Improve fitness
- Weight loss
- Health reasons
- Work on your nutrition
- Get the whole family more active
- What budget do you have?
- Do you want to invest in equipment?
- What are gym costs like in your area?
- How often are you able to work out? And how long for?
- Will you need child care if you want to attend the gym or a class?
- Does you local gym have a creche?
- Do you enjoy being outside? Will either hot weather or cold weather put you off running?
- Do you have transport to get to a gym/classes?
All of these can help to guide you in the direction that will work for you, and we are each different so what works for one may not work for another and I guarantee that over time you will change and evolve and what you like and want will also change and evolve. I know this because I have been there.
I’ve been the gym bunny, the swimmer, the runner, the PT goer. Now I love the flexibility of working out at home and for a more social aspect I also get out with my local running club.
My business and fitness coaching is centred around home workouts because I know they work and I also know just how important flexibility is to us busy ladies. Plus I love running my online support group and seeing all the positive changes my ladies are making. Why not join us over on facebook and find out more? Simply search for #warriortribe – fitness and self love by Laura B Fitness coach.