It’s no secret that making healthy choices takes both time and willpower. Choosing a salad instead of a cheeseburger when going out to lunch takes some willpower but requires no additional time. Incorporating exercise into your weekly routine, however, requires both time and willpower. These tips and tricks can help ease you into exercise. Remember, before you start any exercise program, please consult your doctor.
Ask yourself: What are my fitness goals? Is it to be able to run a mile or walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded? Write down your goal and keep track of your progress. Breaking down your end goals into smaller pieces will help them seem more attainable and you’ll stay more motivated by conquering these smaller tasks again and again.
Slow and steady wins the race.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was anyone’s ability to run a marathon or lift 300 pounds. If you’re just starting a workout routine, start off small by committing to working out once or twice a week. Try going for a 10 minute walk in the morning or when you get home from work. After several workouts, try increasing your time by 5 minutes at a time. This way you’re boosting your workouts but not biting off more than you can chew. If you’re not new to fitness but you’ve fallen off the wagon for a while, try working out 2 to 3 times a week with a low impact workout such as pedaling on a stationary bike
Mix it up.
Going for walks every day may be a great way to exercise and relax, but after a while it may get boring, decreasing your enjoyment. Also, if you’re trying to lose weight, you should incorporate other types of exercise into your workout besides cardio. Strength training can easily get added to the simplest routines. After you’ve got some walking under your belt, we recommend using ankle or wrist weights while you exercise. You could even try a yoga class. Yoga increases your strength and flexibility when you hold positions.
Try to familiarize yourself with exercise terms.
Gyms have their own special language and culture which can be confusing for fitness newbies. Our gym lingo guide can help you better navigate the workouts you find on Pinterest and other websites.
Make exercise a group activity.
Get your friends, kids, or significant other involved in your exercise routine. Not only do you get a chance to burn calories, but you also get a chance to catch up with them. Having a partner in crime will hold you accountable for your “workout dates” and chatting might even make you forget you’re working out.
Take a break.
One of the main reasons people don’t stick with workout routine is because they overdo it the first few days, leading to either a) injuries or b) demotivation when they don’t see results after a few workouts. It’s okay to feel sore after a workout because during your workout, you were creating microscopic tears in your muscles. However, if you’re in pain, you may have done something like pull a muscle. Listen to your body about whether or not you’re pushing yourself too hard, and see a doctor right away if you suspect you’ve hurt yourself.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Boost Fitness’s friendly and knowledgeable staff would be happy to help you learn how to use our equipment. If you’d like a little more instruction, ask us about our small group training sessions. Remember: everyone has to start somewhere. Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s chapter 20.