Mid way through last year I was looking at myself in the mirror. I found myself getting depressed. I knew that my body could look so much better, and that I could also feel much better. I’m a skinny guy and have always wanted to be bigger. And so it was around that time that I decided to not just start working out, but to stick with it.
6 months later I’ve noticed a massive change in not just my physique but in my lifestyle too:
- My arms and chest are noticeably bigger with much more definition.
- I’m much much stronger.
- I have way more energy than I had before. I don’t feel lethargic like I used to.
- I am sleeping much better.
Exercising has had a huge positive impact on my life, so I wanted to share with you some of the tips I came up with to keep me motivated and working out.
This isn’t the first time I have tried working out. But this is the only time that I have managed to stick with it, and there is no end in sight.
Start with a Challenge
To get me into exercise I started with the hundred pushups challenge. This gave me a set workout for seven weeks. During this time, I didn’t bother with any other exercises. This seven week period was all about training my mind and body to get used to the idea of exercising.
Work out three times a week
Three times a week is what most fitness instructors recommend. You need to give your muscles some time in between workouts to rest and recover. On my off days I would still do some cardio. I don’t believe in doing no cardio… it’s not like professional athletes don’t have amazing bodies!
Protein. Protein. Protein.
If you want muscles you need protein. I haven’t seen any evidence to suggest this is false. While most supplements don’t work. (I could only find reliable scientific evidence for three bodybuilding supplements that actually work), protein does. I took a daily protein shake which had some added carbs. Of course I would also make sure I was eating lots of protein as part of my diet as well.
Put your next workout in your calendar
Working out is a habit. Building that habit takes time. To make sure I didn’t forget, after finishing my workout, I would put the next one into my calendar. I would also make a quick not in this calendar entry of the group exercises I would be doing (such as biceps, chest, etc).
Work out first thing in the morning
Morning rituals are an easy way to build habits. Why? Because first thing in the morning, you have less of a chance to find an excuse to not workout. My morning ritual on workout days consisted of have a cup of coffee. A light snack, taking my pre workout supplement and then getting straight into exercise. I wouldn’t even check my email before my workout. I didn’t want anything to distract me from my goal.