Now that you have decided to reclaim your mind and body, it is time to put those two into action. You may have already consulted therapists or a meditation counselor, so the next step is taking a look at your body and recognizing its strengths and weaknesses. Just as with your mind, the goal here is to accept reality. Once you have accepted where you are at, you can begin to move toward where you want to be. When approaching your fitness goals, keep in mind that it is a process that takes time, but can be accomplished with diligence.
Fitness, like many other pursuits, simply takes consistency. If you are committed to your goal of regaining your physical fitness, you will find the following tips exceedingly helpful in working toward that aim.
First, identify your fitness goals. Do you want to be able to run a marathon? Is deadlifting 300 lbs. your priority? Are you hoping to be able to take a 5 mile hike with your children a month from now? Wherever you are, and whatever your goal is, identifying both will bring you a lot closer to making your goals a reality.
Now that you have identified both your current physical condition and your fitness goal, it is time to figure out what form of exercise works best for you. If you are hoping to run a marathon by year’s end, for example, you will want to hit the tracks, running trails, swimming pools, and cardio machines like treadmills and ellipticals. If lifting is your aim, you will want not only a great set of free weights, but also some machines that will help you train up toward your goal. Conversely, if your aim is to get into hiking shape, your best bet is probably going for walks in your neighborhood and slowly extending your range, day by day and week by week.
For most exercise goals, picking a great gym is going to be an integral part of the process. You will want a gym that is close to your home, affordable, and has the right equipment for your needs.