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You want to start working out to get in shape, but you have no idea where to begin. You don’t know what your goal is, or what the best workout would be to reach it. You have no idea what those machines do at the gym. You’re scared of going to a class and not keeping up. You lack the motivation to start home workouts. When you’ve tried in the past, you hated it and couldn’t stick with it. You didn’t see results, and now you don’t know what to do.

Do any of those statements sound like you?

You’re not alone!

Many fitness tips for women are not rooted in truth. They try to sell you on “Do this one move every day for abs” or “These 3 moves will get you fit in 3 days

So, it’s no wonder that many women get intimidated in the gym.

But that doesn’t have to be you. Not anymore.

Figure Out Your “Why” and Your Goal!

Your “why” is going to be the crucial first step for long term success.

You need to establish your goal, in a measurable way. You need to know why you want it, to push you through the days you don’t feel like working out.

So what is your “why”? What is your goal? It has to be something that benefits you, and no one else.

So if you want to lose weight to appeal more to others? Nuh-huh. That’s not going to work. If you want to lose weight so your blood pressure improves, and you feel better every day? Yeah, that’s an excellent reason.

It can still be about looks, but it should be for you.

Make sure your goal is realistic.

  • If you want to lose weight, figure out how much.
  • If you want to shed body fat, set a goal percent.
  • You’re getting fit so your blood pressure goes down? Figure out your goal blood pressure and ask your doctor about what weight you’d need to hit.
  • Want to become more flexible? Pick a posture or yoga asana that you want to be able to do.
  • Do you want to become stronger? Decide on how much weight you want to lift, press, or squat.

Take some selfies if you want to see your before and after progress later. But remember to focus on love. You’re doing this because you love your body and want to be your best self. Don’t focus on “fixing” the things you don’t like.

Find Your Workout Style

The best workout for beginners? One that fits your style and your goal. It will always be different for each person based on your body, goal, current fitness level, and what you enjoy doing.

Yes, you can enjoy working out! You just have to find your workout style.

Pick a Time of Day

Are you a morning person or a night owl? If you have the most energy at night, don’t force yourself to get up at 5am and hit the gym. That’s not your style, and you’re not setting yourself up for success. And vice-versa.

Or maybe you’re a mom, or work an inconsistent schedule, and can’t go at the same time every day. That’s okay. In that case, pick a rough time that would generally work, like before your kids wake up. Get creative on other days. Can you include your kids in your workout, so they burn energy, too? (A bonus!) Can you fit in a workout after work some days, and before work on others?

Your body will do best if you have some kind of habit and schedule. If your brain becomes trained to expect exercise every day at 8pm, you’ll be more likely to stick with it. But if that’s not possible, don’t get discouraged.

What Kind of Workout Will Help You Reach Your Goal, and What Will You Like Doing?

There are types of workout routines which are better suited for certain goals. Any exercise is good exercise, but if you’re serious about meeting your goal then you need to work out accordingly. And the biggest key is liking your routine because you’ll be more likely to stick with it.

Nobody is looking at you

Get over the fear of the gym and looking stupid. Those machines at the gym have labels showing how to use them, and what body parts they work. Take the time to look them over. Come with a workout plan on your phone or printed out so you know what you’re looking for. Ask someone who works at the gym for a tour, or to show you how to do something properly. Everyone is there to work out and get healthy. And most people are focused on their own form, workout, or music.