Getting fit is one of those things that requires absolute consistency. No shortcuts there.
I've been hitting the gym now quite regularly (five times a week) and I'm really enjoying it. It's paying off; I feel that I'm getting stronger.
I hate cardio, so I'm mainly focussing on strength training and high-intensity workouts. Recently, I also started boxing. It's a nice way to change things up a bit, so the routines don't get too monotonous and boring.
Here are three principles that I follow when it comes to working out:
1. Always start of easy and light
When I just started to work out, and now when I try out new exercises, I always begin with very light or no weights at all. I want to get the technique right and build capacity before I add more weight. This helps to avoid injuries.
2. Never miss workouts
This is super important. I always want to make some progress, even if it's tiny. I'd rather do a super small workout when I'm short on time than miss out altogether. Burpees are my go-to exercise when there's no equipment and time. Working out consistently with the same routine can get boring though. I make a new playlist to get me excited for the gym again.
3. Only make small increases
Even if it's tempting, I'm not going to add 10 pounds all of a sudden to my bench press just because I feel energized that day. Rather, I increase the weights consistently in small ways, so it always feels easy to achieve. Again, this helps to prevent injuries.