Yesterday, we published an article about basic fitness benchmarks for bosses, so this is somewhat of a follow-up to that. Fitness and the general physical development of the human body seems to be more and more overlooked by people. The connection between a healthy body and a healthy mind certainly exists, so some sort of fitness routine would benefit anyone like a boss.
But I’m not here to preach. I only want to talk to the people that want to get in better shape like a boss. If you’re happy where you’re at with your fitness goals (or lack thereof), that’s awesome and it’s terrific you’re content! Keep rocking on.
For those of us, who aren’t where we’d like to ultimately be with the development of our body, these steps will benefit us in beginning a fitness routine! You’d be surprised that it only takes three steps, but it’s true!
Note: Please read this post and take what you will from it with the knowledge that I am not a medical doctor or personal trainer. I do even lift though.
 
Step 1: What Motivates YOU?!

Find out what the key motivator for you is. Do you want to look better for yourself or for other people? Do you want to get in shape to keep up with your children? Are you looking to become a professional bodybuilder and win championships?!
Realize that every workout will be driven by the things that motivate you. Whether it’s a single motivator or multiple reasons why you train, you need to be clear about what actually motivates you and harness this motivation when needed.
Every workout routine that involves progress will have times when you’re feeling down and unable to continue due to various factors. This is when motivation should push you through and your key motivator should be most effective, so think about that! Whatever it may be.
Keep a subtle reminder of what motivates you and look at it regularly. Personally, I’m not a fan of things like motivational posters or fitspo, but I don’t train to look better so these things may work for some people. I train to be healthy and my primary endeavor is strength, so a poster of a ripped dude won’t do it for me. My motivation is simply to be able to put more weight on the barbell. Maybe for you it’s an old picture when you were in better shape?
 
Step 2: Pace Yourself
Lots of people fail at establishing a fitness routine, because they overdo it at the start.

Think about it. If you go from not exercising to exercising a ton, you will be sore and exhausted. Your body will get a signal that you’re trying to murder it and respond accordingly. You will be dead tired in zombie mode and aching all the time. Most likely, you’ll quit when the soreness hits after your first epic workout.
That’s not what we want! So start slow and build up over time. Going as hard as possible all the time won’t work, even if Rocky did it in some movies. If you want to lift weights for example, don’t try one of those Arnold workouts from a fitness magazine. Look into training programs like Starting Strength or the 3-days-per-week full body workout routine Arnold actually did as a beginner!
If you want to run, but you can’t even walk without breathing heavy, maybe you need to work up to walking without dying first?
Start slow and try to make gradual progress over time in whatever fitness routine you choose. If something promises you quick results or almost puts you in a coma within the first couple workouts, stay away from it. The same applies to supplements. You likely don’t need any! The supplement industry will do a great job of convincing you otherwise, so do real research before you take any of these things.
 
Step 3: Set a Goal
The goal should relate to your reason for training (i.e. your key motivator). I have very simple goals. I want to maintain my body weight of 185lbs, maintain an acceptable level of cardiovascular health, and achieve certain strength goals (specifically a 450lbs squat, 350lbs bench press and 550lbs deadlift this year).
Goals will differ from person to person, but you should have some and actively work towards achieving them. The plan to get there will depend on the individual and goes far beyond the scope of this article.

Your goals should be reasonable and something you can achieve in a pre-determined amount of time. Maybe you want to run a marathon eventually, but right now you can’t walk to the fridge without getting out of breath? In this case, set a goal to walk for an hour straight without feeling like you’re going to die of a heart attack. Then establish your next goal!
A performance goal (i.e. run a 10k) will usually have carryover to other aspects of your life. For example, you’ll likely lose weight and be tired less, while simply training to run a 10k. Choose performance goals for the best chance at success with your fitness routine.
We hope this helps! Keep being boss.