Fitness Friday: 3 Ways To Get Off Your Couch and In the Gym

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 11/08/2013 | 02:00 PM EST

Get Up, Get Out And Sweat!

The hardest part to working out is getting started. Going from a couch potato to fitness junky doesn’t happen overnight; it takes great commitment and consistency. Working out can be intimidating, especially when you’re already conscious of your body and don’t know what you’re doing.

If you’re like the thousands of other Americans wasting their gym memberships and waiting for the “right time” to start your workout regimen, here are three tips on how you can finally stop making excuses and go from flab to fit.

Work Out With A Friend – There’s nothing better than working out with a partner in crime. Having a friend join along takes a lot of the pressure off, and it adds a level of fun to your fitness regimen. When you’re not alone, it eliminates the fear and intimidation that sometimes comes along with going to the gym. While it would be more helpful if you brought along a friend who actually knows what he or she is doing, even if they don’t you can learn together. Just be sure that your gym partner is just as committed as you are.

Get a Trainer – The great thing about most gym memberships is that you’re usually set up with a complimentary trainer for a few weeks. If not, consider paying a little more for a trainer to get you in tip-top shape. Trainers know what they’re doing, and they can tailor workouts based on your desired goals. So if your target areas are your abdomen or upper body, your trainer will know just what workouts are best for you. Additionally, having a trainer ensures that you have someone to hold you accountable. Unlike a friend, a trainer won’t take it easy on you. Plus, it’s a lot harder to skip a gym session when you know you have someone there waiting for you.

Take Baby Steps – The quicker you accept that you won’t see major results overnight, the better. The key to getting that perfect body is hitting the gym consistently. Even if you go 30-60 minutes a day, you will eventually get the results you want. Commit yourself to a reasonable and consistent schedule and you’re sure to see significant changes. Remember: slow and steady wins the race.

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