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Getting Prepared

Objectives and Plans

Ok, so the first question you should ask yourself is what is, or are your objectives. The second question is what is your plan to achieve that objective.

I find it is quite helpful sometimes to write things down and stick them on my fridge. Its a way of keeping my plan in my line of sight all the time.

That is not only helpful for my diet, but also for my approach to my weeks, or months training schedule.

Now I know that might sound a bit extreme to many people at first thought, but you can soon realise, that with a bit of training, and attempts to align yourself to a routine, you may just find some help in this approach.

Be Prepared

I will state for the record that nothing can bring your efforts at getting fit to a halt quicker than not being prepared for the objectives you will set for yourself.

Lets be honest, in the big scheme of things, even having an idea of what to expect can pale in comparison to the situations you may find yourself in as a first timer in any exercise class, weather it be Yoga, Pilates, Spin or a general Circuit.

There have been a number of times when I have exercised and felt that dizzy spell, or that need to take a seat in the changing rooms (near the toilets) even though 5 minutes earlier I felt I was unstoppable and could achieve anything.

It is not a crime to pace yourself, and take the first few sessions easy. After all you should be spending as much time conditioning your mind as you will spend conditioning your body. This is a great way to manage your expectations and be safe.

Don't Be Afraid

To Fail:

There is nothing wrong with not achieving your objective, only with letting this result get the better of you and giving up. The old saying is "if at first you don't succeed, try try again".  And it is very apt in this environment.

To Reassess:

There are only two options for you when diving into the deep end. You will either sink, or swim.  Your mind can easily convince you that not much has changed with your health and fitness since the years when you were very active. Do not be afraid to "Change the Depth" at the deep end if you find you are going under way too quickly.

To Plan On Your Own:

We have all seen the super fit person in the Gym, or even online. You may even have one of these people as a friend advising you that you should get into shape and do what they do.

Remember we are all different. You are your own person with your own levels of fitness. Every fitness plan has to be geared towards the individual, meaning YOU...

Finding your way around your new training regimen is a very personal affair. So if others want to get involved but cannot be positive tell them to go away. You will be fine.

Know Your Injuries Own Your Injuries

We all have aches and pains, the only difference between most of us is the extent with which these aches and pains last, and how much they impede us being truly functional and active.

Don't be afraid to get to know your aches, pains and injuries better. You may realise that there is a support structure around the injured area that can allow you to function more affectively if only you can find a way to tap into it.

Be A Bit Selfish

I know for those who have families this may be a bit controversial, but sometimes you are going to have to be selfish and think of yourself. If you have people who depend on you then it is understandable that you will be hard pressed to find the time to train, especially if your children are also active.

If your children are not active you can take them with you to train, and if they are active, you can train for part of the time they are competing.

Getting Fit To Get Fit

There are many different levels to getting yourself fit, and in shape. And remember that there are peaks and troughs in your training. Even top athletes cannot maintain the highest levels of fitness indefinitely.

If you are a bit apprehensive about your levels of fitness, not to worry. The first objective will be to get yourself a baseline level of fitness. That is, go though a series of tests to find out where you currently are. Then over the course of weeks and months, you can monitor your levels of fitness to see how you are getting on.

Get Your Personal Equipment Right

Regardless of the training environment there will be times when you need to make sure you have the correct equipment. In a lot of cases when doing classes you may find equipment is available, but you may also find some of this equipment is worn or just not suited to your physique. Getting your own equipment shows a bit of commitment to the cause, and also ensures correct fitting. Not to mention avoiding worn or smelly equipment in some cases. As much as most gyms try, there will also be equipment that will appear a bit too used. Especially in a popular gym.