FOR THOSE NOT INTO THE FIT LIFE YET

A recurring thought in the minds of many is, “I wasn’t born for the fit life.” And that’s okay. Not everyone is naturally inclined to spend 2 hours at the gym 6 times a week. Society constantly reminds us of the importance of taking care of our bodies for our physical and mental health. We recognize all the benefits this brings, and the real purpose of UFitness is not to fight against exercise in any way.

On the contrary, we want to give you some tips that at some point helped us see the positive side of this long and sometimes frustrating journey that is the world of gyms and fitness.

As a starting point, it’s important to know that no one is perfect and no one is born knowing how to do everything. Like learning to walk, the gym is a progressive path that is gradually mastered. If you started going to the gym and lost motivation after two weeks, one of the possible reasons is that you tried to demand too much from your body from the beginning.

It works like this:

If you didn’t do any sports before, the worst decision you can make is to have an initial goal of going 7 days a week for more than an hour per workout. Your body is not prepared for that intensity, and you will be tired and bored by the end of the first week.

On the other hand, if you decide to start with a slower pace, such as 3 or 4 times a week and start with 40 or 45 minutes, you can increase the intensity as you feel more comfortable. This will keep you motivated to set new goals and improve gradually.

The second thing that will make you feel completely empowered with your routine is to venture into places you’ve never been before. One of the myths of exercise is that weights only make the body grow exponentially, but the reality is that weights contribute as much as cardio to the process of taking care of your figure.

It’s important to burn not only energy but also calories, and this is achieved with the balance of:

Cardio + functional training + stretching

There is no perfect formula, it’s all trial and error, but it’s impossible to know if you like something or if it gives you results if you don’t dare to try it.

That last point brings us to a piece of advice that will help you change your mindset about going to the gym: Everyone is too worried about their own process to worry about yours.

Every person who goes to the gym for the first time doesn’t know the exercises and doesn’t understand the technique to do them well. No one goes to the gym in their best clothes, and no one is going to judge you for what you wear. All that stuff that worries you or makes you feel insecure is in your mind, and the moment you take control of those thoughts, you’ll be able to enjoy working out at your own pace without worrying about what everyone else thinks.

This applies not only to working out but also to the possibility of taking classes. Many people feel uncomfortable taking dance or Pilates classes because they tend to think that the people who take those classes are pros at what they do. But it’s important to remember that experts were once beginners and have learned because they dared to start.

There is no perfect formula, remember that just having the discipline to do it is already 50% of the process won.

See you next week!

Mariana

USpanglish team

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