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10 Must-Do’s When Starting a Fitness Regime

23 August 2013

1000 steps

More often than not, it’s the first step that can be the hardest step of all.  I mean, 1000 kilometres is a pretty long walk, and I’m sure that after 500km you’d be absolutely knackered and putting one foot in front of the other would be RIDICULOUSLY tough…

But nope; that first step will always be the hardest to take.

Here’s how to get it done:


1. Write down your Goals:  It’s important to set goals and re-read them constantly. Do this enough and your actions and behaviours will ‘subconsciously’  take you closer to that goal.

2. Start Small + Get Started: I see people wait and wait, and wait, to take action.  “I’ll join a gym and THEN I’ll start exercising”, “I’ve got a wedding and two birthdays coming up this month. There’s no point starting now”, “Work’s really crazy right now, when it cools off that’s when I’ll start”.

If you wait for all the lights to be green on the drive to town, you just won’t get there.  Start.

3. Make appointments with yourself: Schedule your weekly exercise sessions in your calendar and whatever you do – keep these appointments.

4. Surround yourself with positive people: Studies show that when it comes to money, fitness and attitude, you are the average of the 5 people you hang out with the most.  If you hang out with broke, unhealthy and negative people. Well, you get the point.

5. Mix It Up: Not only is doing the same workout every week boring, but your body will get used to it and your results will come screeching to a halt.  If you walked this week, add a swim or a light jog next week.

6. Deck Yourself Out: Don’t go and buy the whole fitness store, however it’s my belief that if you ‘look the part’ you will feel better and perform better.  Look Good, Feel Good, Perform Good?

7. Kill 2 Birds: One of my all-time favourite activities is walking while listening to Audio-Books.  My picks are: The 7-Habits of Highly Effective People, The Magic of Thinking Big and any Tony Robbins Audios. Learning and ‘growing yourself’ while exercising is bloody good time management!

8. Understand the Basics: To lose weight – Burn more calories than you eat + build muscle to raise resting metabolism (just lift some weights).

9. Use Technology: One of the most effective methods to successful weight loss is tracking your daily food. and the smartphone application is the best tool I have seen for this.

10. Ask a Pro: It’s perfectly legal to paint your own house.  You don’t need a qualification, or experience.  However, you would probably take 4 – 5x the time a professional would take to see the job finished, and the results would be pretty average.

In the busy world we live in, no one has time to waste.  And if time is money, then it’s worth investing in a professional. A Personal Trainer can be worth their weight in Gold if you are time poor.


Kris Cochrane

Director Rapid Personal Training



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