How To Build A Fitness Routine From Scratch: A Beginner's Guide

As a beginner who has never exercised before, taking the first step can actually be difficult and even a little scary.

Staff Writer
Staff Writer
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May 23, 2022

Are you having trouble figuring out how to start your fitness journey? Are you struggling to follow an exercise plan? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many of us struggle to get started despite having tons of motivation.

On a daily basis, we have lots of responsibilities to juggle, and because of that, we often forget to make time for ourselves to workout.. Having a solid fitness routine in your life can make things much easier for you, though. But how are you supposed to choose a perfect fitness plan for yourself when there are lots to choose from? Today, we will talk about how to build a fitness routine from scratch as a beginner.

Taking The First Step

As a beginner who has never exercised before, taking the first step can actually be difficult and even a little scary. We all have made that promise to ourselves that we’ll “work out on Monday,”  but that Monday rarely comes. It is easy to lose motivation in the beginning, as it takes time to see results in any activity.

You don’t have to spend hours and hours in a gym doing monotonous or painful activities. Try to remember that a little exercise is better than nothing. Start with any exercise you like and slowly build up a routine according to your needs.

Start With Small Changes

Over-committing can be risky for beginners. If you cannot hit your goal repeatedly, chances are you will quickly lose your motivation. Just commit to moving your body daily. Listen to your body and make sure you are having fun while working out.

You can add a daily walk as a daily movement in your routine. To build consistency, start with 2x sessions per week. If you like running or cycling, find new routes to explore. Turn your workout into an adventure to achieve consistency.

Find A Fitness Buddy

It may sound pretty doable, but for some introverted souls, exercising can be difficult to do alone. Sometimes, it gets even harder to make friends when you're older. But there are many fitness communities out there that you can join. Nowadays, almost every activity has a club, be it offline or virtual. There are also tons of virtual races and events that you can take part in. 

If you have a family member or friend who likes to be active, invite them to plan some shared activities like running, cycling or making fitness plans together. You will be less likely to cancel if you are accountable to someone else.

Have A Goal

This one is personal and depends on how motivated you are. Is having a goal something you need to succeed? Or will having a dedicated fitness routine be sufficient for you? Experiment with different fitness plans and find out what works best for you. Don’t be under any pressure, just enjoy what you are doing. If you don’t like your current fitness plan or goal, don’t be afraid to change it and try something new.

Have Fun

It is an essential part of building a fitness routine. If you are not having fun, then what's the point? Don’t be hard on yourself just because you missed a workout. Also, do not force yourself to do activities you don't enjoy. Moving your body is supposed to be an enjoyable experience.

Switch things up, try a new activity or sport. Keep experimenting until you find something that truly motivates you and excites you every time you do it.

While building up the perfect fitness routine for yourself, do not forget to listen to your body. As a beginner, it is pivotal to build consistency while having fun. If you’re not enjoying your fitness routine, you won’t be as likely to stick to it, so remember to just take it slow, give yourself a little leeway as you begin and just try to have fun!

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