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How to Start Working Out if You’re a Newbie

Getting in shape is without a doubt one of the best things you can do for yourself. There’s a reason people become religious about their workout schedule. Not only are there the physical benefits of fitness (hello abs), but the mental boost is insane (check out our article on the top non-physical benefits of exercise here). BUT, actually getting IN to working out if you’re a newbie can be intimidating, frustrating, and overwhelming. There are countless workout options, millions of locations, and don’t get us started on the gym brats that strut around like they own the place. It’s no wonder that people have a difficult time getting started. So here’s our easy to implement guide on how to start working out.

We’re giving you the how to, the rest it up to YOU!

How to Start Working Out

Find a ‘Why’

We’re pretty much always pressing this on people for any change they make in their life. Choosing a why is what will drive you through the days you’re unmotivated, and keep you chugging along. So decide: are you doing this for yourself? For your kids? Do you want to rock a bathing suit with confidence? Or just feel happier and healthier all around?

Everyone’s why will be different, and chances are it’ll change over time. But if you’re wondering how to start working out, establishing a why is crucial. So choose yours, write it down, post it on your fridge, and use it as a daily motivator.

Choose Something You LOVE

When people ask us how to start working out, we always reply with this: find something you love to do. Find something that makes you forget that you’re working out, or that gets you excited about going. In this day and age, there’s no reason you should be doing something that bores you. There are SO many options. To name a few:

yoga, cycling, running, weight lifting, circuit training, rock climbing, barre class, cross fit, kick boxing, boot camp classes, swimming, dance, pilates, home workouts, climbers etc.

The choices are endless. But don’t let that overwhelm you. This should excite you! Many studios offer free weeks or classes to new members, so cash in on this and explore until you find something that fits.

You can also look around on sites like Living Social or Groupon to find cheap packages that allow you to test out classes.

If you’re looking for low impact, choose something like yoga, barre, swimming, or pilates. If weights make you feel like a boss, then hit up a cross fit class or find a gym that shows you the ropes in the weights area. Do you need constant change to keep you interested? Then circuit training or boot camp might be the perfect fit for you.

Once you find something that speaks to you, you’ll feel less like this is work, and more like it’s a break for YOU.

Create YOUR Schedule

This is crucial to sticking with any workout endeavor and one of the top recommendations we give to people when explaining how to start working out. If you’re a crazy busy single mom who barely has time to shower, let alone spend 2 hours in the gym, then a 30 minute home workout program might be your best bet. If you work night shifts, then make morning/afternoon workouts your priority. Can you only make 3 days a week work? FINE! Rock out those three days and do some stretching the rest of the days.

Consistency is the biggest factor in seeing results, so find something that you can do 4-5 days a week that is sustainable. And always remember:Β something is better than nothing. A 15 minute workout is better than nothing. 10 minutes of ab work is better than nothing. DO NOT make it an excuse that you can’t workout for 30+ minutes if you’re busy. Small changes add up to big results.

Ditch Insecurity

Unfortunately, this is one of the biggest factors that holds people back from working out. As a society, we’ve become so hyper focused on worrying about what other people think about us, that we let it hold us back from bettering ourselves. So we’re here to say it: DO NOT care what ANYONE thinks about you. EVERYONE has started from the beginning at some point. While some people in the gym seem to have forgotten that and are as rude and judgmental as can be, you cannot let that affect you.

This is for YOU. And while we may think everyone in that yoga class is noticing how our stance is more wobbly than a newborn baby giraffe, chances are they’re too focused on themselves to notice anything 2Β  inches away from their mat. While there are plenty of jerks out there, there are even more people who are willing to help, give advice, and cheer you on. Mention to the instructor that this is a first for you, and ask them to help you adjust your form. Introduce yourself to the people you’re sitting next to.

The less focused you are on being insecure, the more you’ll find you actually enjoy what you’re doing.

Start Slow

It’s tempting to throw 100 lbs on the squat rack and pump like Superman. But DON’T. If you want to know how to start working out, then you need to know that slow and steady = sustainability. Going too far too fast puts you at risk for injury and burn out. Give yourself a LOT of time to adjust, build up strength, and learn the ropes.

The most important aspect of working out is your form. After you’ve mastered that, you can begin to focus on increasing speed and weight. But 5 perfect push ups are a thousand times more effective than 15 sloppy ones.

BE PATIENT

Yes, we put this in all capitals for a reason. We live in an instant gratification society. We want results, and we want them NOW. Well, you need to get over that. This is a process. It’s slow. Real results take TIME. So don’t quit. Honestly, we can’t stress this enough. Don’t become discouraged if you don’t see what you want in 4 weeks. Or 8 weeks. Or even 12 weeks. Because you need to realize that if there is a process that WILL come through, it’s being consistent with working out and feeding your body. Even if it feels like it’s taking forever, you WILL get to where you want to be.

Stay focused, stay dedicated, and you will achieve your goals.

 

We hope this shed a little light on how to start working out, but if you EVER have questions about specific workouts or fitness in general, please shoot us a message! We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.

Here’s to fitness and freedom Dreamers!

47 Comments

  • jane

    February 6, 2018 at 4:00 am

    I love working out and i believe it helps me to be motivated on my daily life.
    Btw, love all your topics.

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 7, 2018 at 2:27 am

      We so agree! It really does give you an all around boost. And thank you!

  • the adventurer

    February 6, 2018 at 4:41 am

    Great list of tips! Also helpful when you’ve let fitness take a back seat in your routine (like me currently) and need some motivation getting back. From the holidays, to traveling and currently studying I feel like I need to step up my fitness game. The hardest one I have with is patience, I am the most impatient person and want results immediately =o)

    https://dreamofadventures.com/

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 7, 2018 at 2:28 am

      Haha I am the EXACT same way! It’s like, one day of eating well and working out? WHERE’S MY SIX PACK?! I just always have to remind myself to trust the process haha. Thankfully, it’s always here for us whenever we’re ready to come back!

  • Len Parent

    February 6, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    This is amazing! Great job! Love your blog! you are such an inspiration! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a great week!
    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com
    XO

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 7, 2018 at 2:28 am

      Thanks lady! You’re wonderful!

  • Heather Rowland

    February 6, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    I love this post and I completely agree with all of your points – these are my favourite ways to get into the habit of working out too! Brilliant tips!

    Heather xoxo
    https://www.hefafa.me.uk

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 7, 2018 at 2:28 am

      Thanks Heather! It really is all about making it a habit!

  • Sheena Sy Gonzales

    February 7, 2018 at 3:17 am

    Yup definitely need to get back on the fitness train again. thank you for your tips!

    Sheena | http://sheenalovessunsets.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 7, 2018 at 3:27 am

      Haha it’s always here when you’re ready! And it feels SO amazing!

  • Lauren

    February 7, 2018 at 4:52 am

    Working out has so many benefits and these are all such great tips!

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 9, 2018 at 12:13 am

      It seriously does! Thank you!

  • Gellie

    February 7, 2018 at 6:28 am

    Thanks for these awesome tips. I signed up for a monthly gym membership last December and wasn’t able to continue it this February due to my busy travel schedule for work. However, I tried making up for it by walking instead of riding a cab or a jeep (a local public transport vehicle in the Philippines). And I also do simple workouts at the hotel or at home. I realized that making it a daily habit, by starting small, can make a big difference in the long run. πŸ™‚

    xoxo,
    Gelleesh.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 9, 2018 at 12:14 am

      Doing all of those little things really add up! 90% of the time I workout from home because I just don’t have the time to go to the gym. It’s all about what makes sense for your life! We love your view on it!

  • Mariya

    February 7, 2018 at 10:05 am

    Not a newbie but this article was super motivating!
    Mariya
    http://www.brunetteondemand.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 9, 2018 at 12:14 am

      Thanks Mariya!

  • Freeoversea

    February 7, 2018 at 11:45 am

    This is amazing! As we believe, our body is a temple and we must look after it, nurture and make it healthier and stronger. Definitely finding a ‘WHY’ it’s so important. Our why is just doing for us, because we love and we feel better each day. Yoga, Fitness and a good green life are the pillars of our life πŸ˜€
    Great post, such an inspiration

    Sending all the love and positivity,
    xx

    Patricia & Miguel
    http://www.freeoversea.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 9, 2018 at 12:15 am

      We are completely on the same page as you guys! Taking care of your body should absolutely be a priority because it’s the ONLY one you’ve got. Feeling good affects all areas of your life!

  • Rosanna

    February 7, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Thanks so much for the tips! I’m quite active but setting aside time to work out is something that I often procrastinate!
    Have a lovely day πŸ™‚
    Rosanna x

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 9, 2018 at 12:16 am

      Isn’t it funny how we are so busy with other things are forget to make time for ourselves?! We’re definitely guilty of that too, even though working out is a huge part of our lives.

  • Gabrielle

    February 7, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    These are all great tips for those yet to embark on a fitness journey! Finding your personal ‘why’ is brilliant advice, as well as being patient. Rome wasn’t built in a day, etc etc haha πŸ˜‰

    aglassofice.com
    x

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 9, 2018 at 12:16 am

      Haha exactly! Patience is so key!

  • Настя

    February 7, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    That’s cool. I like your blog. Go to my blog http://alamodenatine.blogspot.com/2018/01/2018.html

  • Deborah Brooks

    February 7, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    I agree that is especially important to find an activity that you actually enjoy doing.

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 9, 2018 at 12:16 am

      SO important. If it doesn’t inspire you, it’s not going to be effective!

  • Missy May

    February 7, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    I love training but, I haven’t started this year. I do it outdoors but, with this shitty weather, I can’t be bothered to be honest. Can’t wait for it to be better soon.
    Thanks for this post though. Real motivator!

    https://www.missymayification.co.uk

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 9, 2018 at 12:17 am

      Oh my gosh, the bad weather makes it SO hard to get motivated. Even if you’re working out inside! And it’s so much easier to go on a great hike in the summer rather than trudge it out on the treadmill!

  • jane

    February 8, 2018 at 7:50 am

    This sounds fantastic.
    Love the tips.

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 9, 2018 at 12:17 am

      Thanks Jane!

  • Miriam

    February 8, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Nice tips on how to start working out. I have to admit that my husband is my greatest motivation as he just drags me along which I don’t always appreciate at 6 am in the morning but it makes such a difference to have a routine!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 9, 2018 at 12:18 am

      Having that person who motivates you is HUGE! Ben is definitely my person for that, especially when all I want to do it lay around and eat crappy food. I ALWAYS am thankful he convinced me to get up and moving!

  • Stella

    February 8, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Such great tips! You really motivate me to start working again postpartum! I actually can’t wait for it, but having a little motivation always goes a long way πŸ™‚ Doing something you love is so important. With all these options why doing different right?
    Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚
    Stella
    http://www.stellaasteria.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 9, 2018 at 12:19 am

      So true Stella! I can’t even imagine how crazy life is with a new baby, but it’s so important for time for YOU. You should share you experience of getting back into postpartum!

  • Carly

    February 8, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Great tips! I definitely think choosing a schedule that is flexible and can easily accommodate your lifestyle is key. As a working mom, I’d love to workout everyday but I just can’t make that happen. I’ve been able to stick to working out 3 days a week for the past six years since having my son and I always tell people, find a schedule that work for you.

    And I’m with you on those gym brats……why do they have to make everyone feel so uncomfortable?

    Carly at A Modern Mom Blog

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 9, 2018 at 12:20 am

      It’s SO true. I just don’t have the time to rock out a 2 hour gym session the way Ben does. That’s HIS happy place, and mine is a 30-40 minutes home workout. Although I do love getting to classes sometimes, but they can get so darn expensive!
      And the gym people… Ugh. Ben likes to say “fit people, get over yourselves”. the best part about being fit is helping others get fit too!

  • barbiegirl06

    February 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    I’m trying to get back in the workout mood since I got lazy πŸ™ and this post is extremely helpful! I’m not exactly a newbie but again, I kinda am. Anyways thanks for sharing this post!
    https://barbiegirl06.wordpress.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 9, 2018 at 12:21 am

      The great thing is that we can ALWAYS start back up again. We’ve had our share of off and on times, but it’s all about following the same steps to jump right back on!

  • Kim

    February 8, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    Ah yes, I am quite a newbie when it comes to working out! These tips were refreshing. I definitely need to choose something that I love and actually schedule my time out for it! Thanks for the tips!

    Kim
    http://www.simplylovebirds.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 9, 2018 at 12:21 am

      Yes! You should write about the things you try out!

  • Gemma

    February 9, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Great tips as always. Have a lovely weekend.

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 10, 2018 at 5:35 pm

      Thanks Gemma, you too!

  • Nancy

    February 10, 2018 at 2:07 am

    I like these motivational tips on finding that spark to start exercising! I know one thing that put me off for a while was that I thought going to the gym might make you super muscular but that’s not true at all! I’ve seen some jerks who put down people who go to the gym but hey, at least they’re trying?????

    I totally agree that real results take time! Thanks for always being inspirational, Susie :).

    exquisitely.me

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 10, 2018 at 5:36 pm

      It’s definitely a huge misconception that lifting as a woman makes you bulky! Since we don’t have the same testosterone levels as men, we don’t gain muscle in the same capacity. Increasing lean muscle mass actually burns more resting calories throughout the day!
      And gym jerks make us CRAZY. Anyone who’s in there trying to better themselves should be applauded. People only put others down because they’re sad an insecure (can you tell we feel strongly about this? haha). Power to the people!

  • Chynna

    February 10, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    This is a great list! I’ve been wanting to get back into working out. It’s been months since I’ve seen the inside of a gym, but this is giving me motivation! Love it πŸ˜€

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 10, 2018 at 5:37 pm

      I can’t even remember the last time I was in an actual gym! I prefer home workouts, but Ben is definitely a gym junkie. It’s all about what makes you happy. Any workout is better than no workout!

  • dora

    February 10, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    I was actually considering picking up some kind of sport lately. I’ve been feeling so tired and gloomy this winter. I think exercising could be the answer
    Dora
    http://www.adropofindigo.com/

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 10, 2018 at 8:22 pm

      Yes! That’s such a great idea. Getting yourself moving and active is honestly the best way to perk yourself up and be in a better mood. Plus, the energy boost is insane! Let us know what you decide to do!

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