Not too long ago, we had some mechanical issues with our building, so we had a few workers walking through Absolute Fitness, and using our janitor’s room. It was a few days before they finished up and one of the workers, an older gentleman, came by the front desk to thank us for our patience and allowing them to use our janitor room, etc. He mentioned how he had seen some of our clients doing some pretty cool things in our classes and was curious about how to join Absolute Fitness.
I asked him to tell me a little bit about himself and his fitness goals. He mentioned that he was 53 years old and he wanted to regain his fitness and feel better about himself. He was gaining weight, and he was experiencing some aches and pains that were keeping him up at night. He wasn’t even sure if joining a gym was an option for him anymore, since he was getting older.
I asked him how much water he was drinking in a day, and if he was training at all at the moment. He said he didn’t drink too much water (about a litre or less a day) and that he preferred to drink pop. He said he used to work out and play hockey when he was younger, but he hadn’t worked out for at least the past ten years. However, he does have a labour intensive job that has kept him quite active.
I answered him truthfully and told him that joining Absolute Fitness would work wonders for his health and fitness, but before he was able to join our team, there were a few things he needed to do in order to set himself up for success and avoid disappointment.
This is what I advised him to do, right away, so that he would set himself up for success with our training:
Drink water - If you want to take training seriously, which is the way to real change, then you NEED to drink plenty of water. Drinking water has a ton of health benefits. It can help you lose weight, lower levels of stress, improve skin tone, and can help reduce or prevent aches and pains. As a rule of thumb - check your urine, keep it clear or at least a pale yellow. If your urine is a dark yellow you need to drink more water. If you’re not drinking any water, or very little water, I would recommend to start with drinking a litre of water and working your way up to 2 then 3. I usually recommend, for the average person, to drink 3-4 litres of water per day.
Plan your nutrition - Nutrition is what our body uses for fuel. If you're feeding your body poorly, then you can expect poor performance during you're training. This leads to poor results. Come up with a plan to help you eat better quality food, rather than just going for the quickest and easiest source of food when you're on the run. Try and eat well-balanced meals, meaning: they have an even amount of protein, carbohydrates, and fats, this way you’ll have plenty of energy and your body will be more prone to losing excess fat stores.
Get some sleep - Sleep is the time when our body recovers from all the stress we place on it during our waking hours. If we’re planning on increasing that stress by working out, then we should also plan on increasing the time we spend allowing our body to recover from the added stress. The only way to do that, is to get more quality sleep. A minimum of 6-8 hours is recommended for the average person and 7-10 hours for the person that is physically active. This may be hard to do, but planning ahead and giving yourself adequate rest will go a long way when it comes to your health and fitness.
Shift your mindset, there is no finish line! Many people go to the gym with the mindset of: "I only need to workout for a good month", "I’ll do this bootcamp and I’ll be good to go", or "I’ll do this competition to get myself in shape". This mindset will set you up for failure. Being healthy and in shape isn’t a course you take over a month or a few weeks, and then you're done with fitness. Being 'in shape' is a lifestyle you have to actively choose to live, every single day. Plan for the long haul, take it slow and steady, and know that you can do this!
Getting started with a fitness program can seem daunting and intimidating, so start slow and steady and set yourself up for success. Stay hydrated, keep up with proper nutrition, and give yourself a strong mind set, and most importantly, if you need help, ASK FOR IT! The next step is to call us, we'll give you a well-structured fitness plan, meal plan, and we'll surround you with other people who, like you, want to live a fit, healthy, and fun lifestyle. Knowing all of this, becoming fit and healthy is well within your reach.
If you’re ready to make the choice to leave your old and unhealthy lifestyle behind and begin your new fit and healthy lifestyle, we’d love, to be your support system and, to guide you along the way. Give us a call at 403-347-9669, or give us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.