Welcome to Train With True! I am very glad you are here and have decided to better yourself physically through exercise and a healthy diet! Consistency in fitness is very important, you will not see results without consistency. Aim to exercise 3-4 times a week and only allow yourself one cheat meal a week. Fitness is best described as a marathon, not a sprint. Meeting your goals can take an extended period of time, but it is very rewarding in the end!
The Three D’s of Fitness
Determination – the act of coming to a decision or of fixing or settling a purpose.
Diligence – constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken; persistent exertion of body or mind.
Discipline – activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill.
A good practice to start when you begin your involvement in fitness is to set one or several goals. A goal is a great motivational tool that will help propel you to achieve what you want to attain. Rather that goal is to lift a certain amount of weight or to compete in a triathlon, this is something that you need to think of right away and work towards. Once you have achieved your first goal be sure to set a new one, push yourself a little bit further each time to stretch your capabilities! 1 Corinthians 9:24 – Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
Throughout your fitness journey it is very important that you have at least one accountability partner. Partnering up with someone will help aid you in staying on track and meeting your goal(s). The key to being a good accountability partner is to check on and encourage one another regularly.
If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it
This is a saying that I’m sure we have all heard several times in our life, and for those who are accustom to a sedentary lifestyle, this saying may ring more true to them than to others. For example: As you were growing up, you were never involved in sports or physical activities and decide later in life to become a marathon runner, your joints and tendons in your legs will not be used to the sudden amount of strain that is put on them from running. Therefore you may have to endure an extended period of time of slight “nagging” pain as your ligaments grow accustom to the new found pressure that is placed on them. In my personal experience, these things have a way of working themselves out and eventually that pain will go away.
DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness)
This is the discomfort or soreness that you will experience hours and even up to days after your first strenuous exercise. If your body is not use to arduous activity, you will be subject to DOMS. As time progresses and you continue to exercise, your body and muscles will adapt to the amount of labor it is put through and you will no longer feel discomfort. Take note that the consumption of protein will help aid you in muscle recovery and soreness.