4 Steps to Beginning a Workout Regimen

by | Nov 29, 2018 | Physical Health + Wellness

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Are you one of those people who thinks they just really don’t–and won’t–enjoy exercise? Maybe you haven’t found the right kind of exercise for you yet. There are things you can do to help you fall in love with exercise, even if it’s something that you’ve despised in the past.

Below are a few tips to help you make friends with exercise and reap the benefits:

Start Small

You don’t and shouldn’t go from never working out to working out 5 or 6 days a week. That’s unrealistic, and it won’t last. You’ll burn out quickly and probably avoid exercise for the foreseeable future. All you have to do in the beginning is focus on getting into the habit. You can get into the habit by simply making sure you exercise 3 times a week, even if it’s just for 15 minutes. Get into the habit with short home workouts, quick runs, or something else you feel comfortable with. Then, you can branch out a little more and try new, longer workouts.

Try Different Types of Exercise

Try as many different types of exercise as possible to see what you like. Keep looking until you find one! For example, you might hate running, but love Barre workouts. Maybe you love yoga, but can’t stand lifting weights. It’s a good idea to find a couple of different things to keep things interesting, but if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, you won’t stick to it.

When people ask “What’s the best exercise?” there is no all-inclusive answer. Any physical activity you enjoy doing is the right answer. Here are a few ideas:

  • Running/Jogging/Walking
  • Swimming/Aqua Aerobics
  • Weight lifting/Resistance Training
  • Yoga/Pilates
  • Zumba
  • Barre
  • Spin
  • HIIT

Regardless of how you choose to start #exercising, the benefit to your physical and mental health will make a noticeable difference in your life. #fitness #SelfImprovement

Track Your Progress Consistently

Tracking your progress so you can see how you’re improving week on week is a must. Oftentimes, the mirror isn’t enough to give you a good idea of how you’re improving, and can actually deter you!

Below are a few ways you can track your progress:

  • Inches: Have you lost inches? Then you’re losing fat! If your goal is to gain muscle, then use inches as a way to figure out whether you’re doing that.
  • Weight: Don’t weigh yourself too often, especially if you know it’ll put you off. It changes for a variety of reasons, including time of the month and whether you’ve been to the toilet. Take it at the same time, once a week at most. If it hasn’t shifted, this doesn’t mean anything! Sometimes it might go up but your inches can come down, which is a good sign!
  • Progress Pictures: Take them every week, same pose, same clothes, same lighting.
  • How you Feel: Your mental health is everything, and exercise should help you to achieve a more positive outlook.
  • How Your Clothes Fit.
  • Your Speed/Strength/Endurance.
  • The Calendar: Simply marking the days you’ve worked out on your calendar can motivate you to continue with it.

Try Exercising in the Morning

Exercising in the morning can put you in an amazing mood and set you up for a more positive, productive day. Plus, you don’t have time to make excuses not to do it in the evening. Just get it out of the way!

However you choose to start, and no matter what exercise you choose, and regardless of the way you keep track of your workouts, the benefit to your physical and mental health will make a noticeable difference in your life.

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No matter how you choose to start a fitness regimen, it will benefit both your #physicalhealth and #mentalhealth in amazing ways.