Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but it can be daunting to begin a workout routine if you’ve never done it before. Today, we’re going to talk about how you can start working out!
Talk to your doctor.
First things first: talk with your doctor about what kind of exercises you are able to do. They can provide guidance about any physical limitations you may have so you can reduce your likelihood of getting injured while exercising.
Choose a workout you enjoy.
Once you’ve got the go-ahead from your physician, it’s time to choose a workout. You’re much more likely to maintain a workout habit if you enjoy doing it, so make sure you choose something you like. And if you think you hate all exercise, you probably just haven’t found the right thing for you! There are so many great ways to work out, and there’s bound to be one that you’ll love. Click here for some suggestions!
Think about your fitness goals.
This one may seem obvious, but before you dive into a workout regimen, take the time to determine if it aligns with your goals! For example, if you want to get stronger, strength-training will probably be a better option than running, and if you want to be more flexible, yoga may be a better choice than hiking. By catering your workouts to your goals, they will be more effective and easier to stick with long-term.
Focus on consistency.
One of the most common mistakes people make is focusing on intensity rather than consistency. A lot of people start out way too intensely, get overwhelmed at the thought of doing that day in and day out, and quit. It’s more important to establish a routine that you can maintain over time. Exercising twenty minutes three times a week consistently will do more for you than working out once for two hours and then quitting forever!
Motivate yourself with positivity.
Too often, people try to use negativity to fuel their efforts. They think of exercise as punishment for overindulgence or for other lifestyle choices, and while that may be enough to get them moving at first, it’s a bad decision in the long run. First, it’s obviously not great for your emotional health to treat exercise as a punishment. And second, doing so makes it hard to create a consistent habit. After all, how often are you going to want to exercise if you’re making yourself feel bad to do it?
Instead, use positivity to motivate yourself. Rather than saying “I have to do this because I don’t like the way I look,” think “I’m doing this to feel better, and it makes me happy.” It’s a simple shift in thinking, but it can make a big difference!
Exercising is great for your health, so we encourage you to use this guide to make it part of your lifestyle. For more tips for transforming your life, subscribe to the blog and check out our Facebook page!