Spring is in full force here in the Triad, and I have been so pleased to see so many new faces when out on my daily run! It seems that the entire community is out walking, biking, and running with me. The spring weather should encourage us to take advantage of these amazing days!
While many people see the first nice weather of the year as the perfect opportunity to begin a fitness regimen, I have heard from several friends that they don’t know how to get started – so let’s go over some beginner fitness tips!
First off – the best way to start a new habit is to start small. When you are just beginning your fitness journey, make reasonable and attainable goals. Does a mile walk seem out of reach? Start with a walk around your block, and when that feels comfortable, push yourself a little further. Simple calisthenics, walks, push-ups, and other fitness routines take no equipment at all and are easy to do anywhere. If you need some new ideas, go to YouTube – you can even do workouts with trainers online!
Do you want to run a 5K? First you need to get off the couch! While there are excellent apps and training programs out there to help you get started with a community of like-minded people, it is also a great idea to schedule a new habit into your life. Take a look at your schedule and literally write in a time to go for a short run/walk. Adjust your schedule and priorities as needed to fit this new activity in your life. Your new habit will only stick if you make the time for it!
Next, see if you can make this new fitness regimen as interesting as possible. We have so many amazing parks, trails, and facilities in the Triad – mix up your routine! If you get bored of your normal route through your neighborhood, try the walking trails at Tanglewood. I really love running the Strollway in Old Salem, because it links with the Salem Creek Greenway, providing miles of running paths free from cars. Feeling more adventurous? Head up to Hanging Rock State Park and try one of the trails up there. A great beginner trail is The Lake Loop at Hanging Rock State Park. See if you can work your way up to climbing Moore’s Knob!
Just being consistent with your routine makes a huge difference over time. In fact, this routine will make you feel better and you will get to the point where you need it every day. Some days you may have to push yourself to continue, but it will be worth it. Every journey starts with just one step, and as long as you keep putting one foot in front of the other, you will achieve your fitness goals in no time!