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Rules For A Fit Father

There is so much to know when you’re first starting out on a new fitness routine. Before you begin your journey, I'd like to “throw down” these 10 basic rules you should follow to help you be successful in your quest to improving your health:

1. Know What You Want

Do you want to lose weight? Build muscle? Get healthier? You need to know exactly what you want to accomplish with your workout plan. Having your goals down on paper will help guide you when you do get started.

2. Start Slow

If you want to stay consistent with your program, you should start slowly. Try training a couple of times a week, for at least 30 minutes. Not only does this help you establish a routine, but it also gives your body a chance to recover.

3. Find a Support Network

Do you have friends who work out with a particular trainer (whether in-person or online) or go to a certain gym? Is there a local program with people who have the same goals as you? Finding people who will support you on your quest for better health can motivate you to stick with your plan.

4. Do Something You Like

There is nothing worse than doing an exercise you hate. It’s one of the easiest ways to ruin a good workout. Choosing activities you like to do could go a long way to helping you stick with your workout plan.

5. Accept Setbacks

Setbacks are going to happen. But you can’t let them stop you from the goals you’ve set in place. You need to keep going forward—and be persistent. There is a lot you can learn from setbacks that can drive and motivate you to keep going.

6. Don’t Skip the Warmup (or Cooldown)

Although they may seem insignificant, never skip your warm-up or cooldown. Warming up prevents injuries, and the cooldown is ideal for lowering your heart rate, improving your flexibility, and starting the recovery process. Spend adequate time for these two phases of your workout.

7. No Comparing To Others

Everyone is on their own fitness journey, and you can’t expect to be where everyone else is. Comparing yourself to others could also tank your motivation by creating negative self-talk. Instead of comparing, use them as motivation to get better and keep pushing forward.

8. Don’t Expect Results Immediately

You won’t see results right away. It takes time, persistence, and dedication. Give it time, and the results will come.

9. Leave Your Excuses At The Door

There are plenty of things that could distract you from your goals. But you can’t let excuses ruin your progress. Packing your gym bag the night before and prepping your meals on the weekends are great ways to eliminate excuses.

10. Be Grateful

You’re healthy. You are making changes. Maybe you lost a couple of pounds. Celebrate the small things, and be grateful that you made another workout or took a small step forward in the right direction!

You may not know where to start on your fitness journey. But following these 10 tips will get you going in the right direction. If you need more Clarity or want to be set up for better success on your health and fitness journey, schedule a Strategy Session with me and I'll help get you pointed in the right direction.

For my fellow Fathers who dare to get better, Coach Ryan Collins

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