With the rise of media, people have more outlets to look into others’ lives. Reality television, Instagram, and news outlets give us the opportunity to follow people virtually. Many Instagram users are developing their brand from their social media. Some use it as a fashion blog, food blog, or fitness blog. Seeing famous people or even “insta” famous people working out and having the “perfect bodies” may give us the perception that we have to change what we look like. Many start working out and following fitness instagram stars’ workouts.
You see them working out every day for 2+ hours and you start to think, “I don’t have that kind of time so I will never look fit like that.” But the real question is, do you want to be that fit or do you just want to stay healthy and do something good for you? If so, look at the question of, do I really have to work out every day? Is it healthy for the type of lifestyle you want to live?
If you are going to start working out every day and implementing a new routine, make sure you are switching up your routines. You don’t want to focus on only one aspect of your body. Instead, you want to give your whole body a chance to rest after a strenuous workout. Create a plan that will focus on all muscle groups and don’t forget to add in cardio. Also don’t be afraid to add in some rest days as well. Rest gives your body the ability to recover and that’s just as important as getting into the gym.
Now that you have a routine set in place, make sure you aren’t doing the same thing over and over again. If you are lifting at the same weight for awhile, it may be time to add more on and challenge yourself. If your mile run is starting to feel easy, add .5 miles and push yourself. It’s in no way an easy task to get in shape or to get into a routine to make it to the gym often, but it is rewarding when you add that extra 5 pounds to the machine or make it 5 miles during a run without walking. Don’t give up during the hard times. But that’s not to say to push through the pain. You need to listen to what your body is telling you. If you just feel a little tired from all the reps you’ve been doing, push through that and make it to your last set. If you feel physical pain while lifting, STOP! You don’t want to risk injury because it could put you back to square one in the progress you have been making.
So if you are scrolling through Instagram, watching Titan Games, or just want to get in shape, start small and progress into larger workouts. Don’t force yourself to go to the gym for two hours every day right away. If you don’t know what to do when you get to the gym, hire a professional trainer or a fitness coach who can determine what you are ready for.