Exercising should be a part of everybody’s life, but some of us are more disciplined and with higher motivation than others. If you’re one of those people who just can’t seem to start an exercise routine, here are some surefire ways for you to start slowly and work your way to progress. You’ll develop self-discipline along the way and the best of all – you won’t regret a minute of your time spent exercising.
The number 1 most obvious thing to do is to make a plan. Find a routine you think you can do and make a plan for it in your week. Assign special days and times for exercising and don’t postpone or cancel. Grab the necessary equipment, call your willpower and together, start the routine. This plan should be specific – for example: working out 20 minutes a day, 4 times a week. You get to choose the dates and time, so this is a good way to practice self-discipline.
Second thing to do is to invest in good, high quality equipment. This includes running shoes, sweatpants, props, weights – whatever you’ll need to remind yourself to benefit from the investment. If you bought an expensive pair of running shoes, you wouldn’t want them to sit unused and you’ll be more likely to get up and running.
Next, set reminders. They don’t have to come in the form of alarms – more like reminders of your goal. For instance, circle the days for exercise on the calendar or place your running shoes where you can see them. When you finish one week of workout regime, reward yourself with something nice. A spa day, a new piece of clothing or a new piece of equipment – anything goes as long as it’s not junk food.
Find an exercise buddy – everybody is more likely to not give up when they have a partner to motivate them. Motivating each other is good for both of you because if one of you starts to show signs of weakness, the other can lift his spirits and make him stay on track.
Don’t push yourself too hard. The initial enthusiasm can disappear in time, so start with your regime slowly and build your way to strength with patience. If you push yourself too hard with exercises you can’t do, you’re more likely to call it quits and go back to your old ways. So, when choosing the regime, bear in mind your own level of fitness and the types of exercises you’d benefit the most from and create your regime based on that information.
Take a break. Exercising every day is fine, but in order to give your body time to tone and create muscle definition, you must set days for taking a break. As a matter of fact, rest is strongly recommended, especially if you’re a beginner because you don’t want to experience sore muscles in the first week and then not being able to exercise the next one. So, besides taking it slow, take some rest too. Your body will thank you for it.
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