How To Get In Shape Today

Is it New Years yet?…

The time most people wait to decide to get in shape.  You figure it’s a perfect time to start something new, something fresh and make that commitment to focus on you. 

So you look for ways on how to get in shape now, but then weeks go by and the feeling of something new and exciting slowly fades away until the next New Year comes rolling along. 

As we all know, a new years resolution just isn’t enough anymore to get you started in your fitness journey.  You have to find your WHY!

How to Get in Shape Now!

Before you decide to get in shape today.  You must first decide what your why is.  I say this because, before I decided to get involved in the health and fitness world, I had to find out my reason or passion for wanting to get involved. 

It couldn’t be just about oh I like lifting weights. I needed something that was going to get me through the days when motivation can be tough to find. 

So when I decided that my why would be to help inspire and motivate others, I knew this was something I could stick with for the long haul.

Some of your why’s could be:

  1. Having energy to play with your children
  2. To Lose weight
  3. Get stronger
  4. Burn fat and build muscle
  5. Fit into a pair of Jeans

Now once you have located your why, I want you to Imagine how it would  feel to accomplish any of the above goals.  Sometimes you need to imagine yourself in the moment to help give you the push you need to get in shape. 

When it comes to trying to get in shape, it’s easy to start and then quickly fade especially when results are not quickly seen.  So it’s important to always remember your why so when you feel like falling off the wagon you say to yourself….NOT TODAY!

Where Do You Start?

Before you decide to get in shape, you first have to find out what type of exerciser you are.  What I mean by this is, how do you like to workout?  Are you a person who likes to workout by themselves, or in a group? 

From my experience with speaking with those trying to get in shape is that most women tend to like working out in a group and men prefer to workout by themselves.  So regardless if that is the case or not, first decide that for yourself.

Once you have figured what kind of exerciser you are, it’s time to decide what kind of exercise you want to get involved in.  As many of you know, there are many different types of exercises to choose from. 

The tough part is choosing the right exercise for you that will not only get you in shape, but is going to provide some excitement and fun for you as you push through this journey of awesomeness.

The reason I bring up finding something you will have fun with is because from speaking with people, getting in shape can be hard for most. 

There will be a lot of sweat and soreness, so you want to make sure that whatever you are doing to get in shape is something you will look forward to for at least 3 hours per week.

What also helps is finding a workout buddy.  Someone where you could hold each other accountable for days when you feel like sleeping in. 

This is can be a crucial part of trying to get in shape because the days where you just don’t feel like doing anything and trust, there will be those days. 

Your accountability partner is there to make sure there is no slacking off.  So find a friend and make it a priority to workout together.

How To Start Exercising

The Few ways to get started in fitness again depends on what kind of exerciser you are.  The few ways are:

  • Join a Big box gym
  • Person Trainer
  • Private Studio group training
  • Outdoors
  • Working out at Home

Join a Big box gym

Some of the benefits to joining a gym is its affordability.  You pay a monthly membership and you have available to you all the amenities the gym has to offer. 

If you are person that likes to workout by themselves, the gym is a great place get in the zone and do your thing. Some gyms even offer group training classes for those that like to workout in a group.

But with positives comes negatives and one negative that many people have with gyms is the lack of motivation.  Most people join a gym and then months later forget they even have a membership. 

Also, a lack of comfort when it comes to working out due to not knowing exactly what to do.  Lastly, not feeling a sense of want when they check in. 

Front desk workers don’t really know your name and what your goals are so there is no one there to ask you how everything is going.

Hire a Personal Trainer

Although personal trainers can be expensive,  hiring a personal trainer is a great way to help get you motivated and show you exercises that can help you reach your goals. 

Keep in mind that you can hire a personal trainer at either a big box gym or a private studio. 

One concern I have with trainers from big box gyms is that the gym itself is more concerned with selling memberships and products rather than you reaching your fitness goals. 

Which makes it difficult for the trainers to really focus on really helping you get in shape.

Private Studio Group Training

The great thing about private studio is that they are not only focused on getting memberships, but YOU!  Their focus is making sure you are successful in reaching your goals because if you are successful, then so are they. 

What I also like about group training in studios is their per class affordability.  The monthly cost may seem high, but if you break it down per class, you are getting a great deal. 

Unlike 1 on 1 personal training session where the cost can be pretty high, large groups can be more affordable for the individual.

 There are many studios out there that offer all different types of workouts. You have kickboxing studios that focus on fitness and not fighting.  

You also have studios where they focus only on weight training.  So depending on what your goals are, there are many studios out there to fit what you are looking for.

Outdoors

Who doesn’t like working outdoors!  If you love the sun and the fresh air, then this is an awesome way to get in shape. 

Running tends to be a great thing to do when outside, but you can also do some group training sessions outdoors.  

Of course you have to worry about the weather, but working outdoors is an awesome way to start getting in shape.

Working out at Home

If you like being in your own space and not worrying about the hassle of waiting for machines and costly memberships, then working out at home may be for you. 

Depending if you’re into lifting weights, cardio or even a little yoga, working out at home can be a very cost effective method to getting in shape. 

Just keep in mind that if you are a person who struggles with motivation, then working out at home can be quite a task as no one is there to push you.

So there you have it.  Some of the ways to help you get started on your fitness journey and on your way to getting in shape today.

So please leave your comments below and let us know some of the ways you like to get in shape.

22 thoughts on “How To Get In Shape Today

  1. I love the WHY!
    Im working on mine right this very moment, although I am not out of shape I need to be getting into a better shape 🙂 I work as a waitress and I am constantly running around so it is so hard to find that motivation to do some more sports outside the work hours haha. But my biggest motivation might be the winter, I love snowboarding and for this I need to be in top shape. Thank you for sharing and motivating with your article 😉

    • Unfortunately for most people, work can get in the way of their health, so I definitely understand. I think if you are able to find something you like that’s fun, finding the motivation will be a little bit easier.

      I always wanted to try snowboarding. Every winter I say i’m going to try and never ends up happening. One of these days though…lol.

  2. You have brought up some interesting points with this post. First of all, I’ve never gone for New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t believe you should wait until the new year to start something new. You should start it today. With a reason though is good as why are you doing it in the first place?

    I like the idea of hiring a trainer. They can show you what you need to do and how to do it. I suppose later down the road you can let go of your trainer when you know how to train. Are these trainers advertised at the gym?

    • Hi Owain! Yes, if you ever become a member at any local gym, they will set you up with a free session so you know what it is like to work with a personal trainer. They can be expensive, but if you do a few sessions with them so they can show you some workout routines, then you can go out on your own if you feel comfortable doing so.

  3. Finding your why is such an important thing. It is the “why” that pushes you through the tougher days when you don’t feel like working out. Awsome article!

    • Thank you for reading Helen Most important thing is doing what you love and if powerwalks gets your day started in the right direction, then keep on pushing.

      Thanks for you comment!

  4. Love it, Ralph! I’ve been going to a local gym for about 12 years, and my workouts and reasons for working out have changed more times that I can count. As my priorities and motivations change, so do my workouts.

    I now focus a lot more on flexibility and aerobics than resistance training like I used to, and I feel and look better than I ever have. I can’t encourage people enough to just do SOMETHING, as the benefits that you mentioned will start to add up.

    Keep up the great work!

    Kevin

    • Thanks Kevin! I’m glad you were able to find that focus and make changes you are happy with. Too many times we are caught up on how other people look and forget to focus on making sure we are happy with what we see in the mirror everyday.

      Thanks for your comment!

  5. Totally agree! We need a why, we need a reason to not give up on exercise, otherwise we will just lose the motivation. The options are a lot if you really want to work out, sometimes we just make excuses :p

    • It’s so easy to give up and find an excuse not to exercise. That’s why it is important find the reason to go and do so that helps keep you motivated in accomplishing any goals. Once your WHY is strong enough, you will use that reason to push through. Thanks for you comment!

    • It helps to find someone to go to the gym with that will hold you accountable. Also ask yourself what do you find fun, and try to find a way to do it as an exercise. Currently I am a kickboxing instructor and I have noticed a lot of people getting into kickboxing and enjoy it very much. Should definitely give that a try.

  6. Hi Ralph,
    Great article on how to get into shape. There really is no excuse to not improve your health and life. There are too many motivations in our lives to get healthier. So the “why” should be simple, just do it!

  7. Great information Ralph,

    The WHY can be the difference between sticking with it and giving up 🙂 , there are also video’s that can help like P90X, UFC fit etc. Cross fit is huge as well but I’ve heard it can be dangerous as far as injuries go.

    • Cross fit can definitely be dangerous if you are not properly trained in he movements, but so is rock climbing and thrill seekers still seem to get into it. It’s all about doing something you love and making sure you are properly trained.

  8. I love working out and exercising on a daily basis. However I do agree with your statement that you need to find a ‘why’, as in why you want to work out. I find that it’s vital to keep your motivation up so you can keep exercising and working towards your goals.

    I usually just work out at home with my bench press and barbell with some dumbbells, but the boxing gym looks like something I might enjoy.

    Thanks you heaps for this article!

    -Brandon

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