Getting started on a fitness journey can be overwhelming for many people who don’t know where to start. Many people know they want to get fit and healthy, but don’t know what to do first. Firstly, you have to understand the distinct difference between physical activity and fitness. Physical activity goes way beyond exercising the body. Exercise is an organized program of activity modelled toward achieving or maintaining physical fitness. This is a sub-category of physical activity. Physical activity is said to be any form of exercise or movement of the body that uses energy. Some of the daily life activities we do every day are good examples of this, like; walking the dog, doing active chores around the house, housework, and so on. Both exercise and physical activity may include aerobic, flexibility, and muscle-strengthening activities.
Fitness on the other hand means cardiovascular functioning, which is improved by aerobic activities that get your heart and lungs working faster or at a fast pace. It also includes muscle strength, flexibility, and balance. Since getting fit and staying that way is the goal, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to do something way too hard for your body to cope with or even get sophisticated equipment to improve your fitness. You can start your fitness journey in a simple manner and walking is a good way to get started, this is a physical activity that is available to almost everyone.
The Walking Path for Starters
Walking is an easy-go-to physical activity for almost everyone, and this is part of our everyday activities. As simple as it may appear to be, many people still find it challenging to maintain a healthy walking habit. This can be a result of your lifestyle that doesn’t involve enough walking routine. Many people lead a sedentary lifestyle with no form of physical activity, just a little walk from their houses to their cars and offices while they are on social media. This pattern of lifestyle requires a little walking pattern, and this can harm your overall health. Walking is a great form of exercise. "Walking is very effective at the beginning to build a baseline cardiovascular fitness level, and is a great form of exercise, especially for those who have not previously been active or those who are interested in starting a running routine," says Austin Johnson, a San Antonio, Texas-based NCSF certified personal trainer and the national personal training manager for Gold's Gym. "For those two types of exercisers, it's important to start their routines at easier intensities to prevent injuries, and walking is the perfect way to do that!"
Regular walking is an exercise that helps the body burn calories, builds muscle, and improves heart health. Walking can be done in different forms like; brisk walking, stroll walking, chi walking, marathon walking, and power walking. Regardless of the type you choose, the primary objective is to achieve and maintain good overall health and fitness. Walking is known to be the barest minimum of physical activity any individual can engage in, but this doesn’t deny the fact that it improves overall health in different positive ways. Studies that walking help to improve fitness, and cardiac health, alleviates depression and fatigue, improves mood, creates less stress on joints, and reduces pain. About 30 minutes of walking a day can help you make progress toward your weight loss target and fitness goals. Also, it’s a comfortable and familiar form of exercise that can be done anywhere with no equipment.
The road to fitness is never easy, it is long and it takes a while to start seeing the results you are craving. Initially, you are going to need the willpower to train and start your journey. Getting yourself mentally ready is step number one, if ignored; you might end up on the wrong path for your goals. When you truly set your mind on your fitness goals, you’ll find a way to achieve them no matter what it takes whether it’s by fixing your work and training schedule, or being patient until you see the results that you want in your training.
Getting and staying fit can be a mental thing, you have to train your mind and control it in positive ways. The following ways can help have a positive mind towards achieving the state of being fit and staying that way.
- Practice mindfulness techniques - This involves cultivating your sense of self-awareness, so you can condition your mind to pay more attention to habits that contribute to your overall well-being, including your workout routine.
- Give yourself a lot of pep talks
Starting can be challenging and you might not be motivated enough to get going with it. Having a standard routine can be very helpful in this regard, in starting a fitness journey, you have to set everything up in the best way for your needs. This includes looking for the right information, guidance, and technologies to make the whole process something you’ll want to work on and enjoy as well.