So you have decided to start exercising! Congratulations!
This is your first step to a new and improved body and mind.
Regular exercise is essential for a healthy life.
Here are a few tips for starting a new exercise program and sticking to it.
Consult Your Health Professional
Before you begin a new exercise program, it is prudent that you talk to your health professional to confirm whether you are physically ready for the challenge.
This is especially important if you are not usually physically active.
Your doctor will advise you on the best way to approach a new exercise regimen and tell you what signs to look out for if you are overdoing it.
Get A Fitness Buddy
Whether it is your spouse, colleague or friend, having someone to keep you accountable is crucial in a successful workout regimen.
Your gym buddies will motivate you to get up and exercise and make the whole experience fun.
They will also challenge you to push yourself further and accompany you during yoga or on a long run.
Set Small Goals
While it may be really exciting to set big goals like going to the gym daily or running a marathon, it may be quite difficult to motivate yourself to achieve these goals.
Large goals can become overwhelming. Consider setting small goals at first.
For instance, if your goal is to run 30 minutes on a treadmill, start with 10 minutes for the first three weeks.
Once you have accomplished that goal, step it up, and run for 20 minutes for the next three weeks.
Every time you achieve a small target, step it up, and before you know it, you will be running for 30 minutes nonstop.
Goal setting and achieving are supposed to be fun and exciting.
When you reach your goal, whether it is big or small, you need to reward yourself.
You could consider buying yourself the best CrossFit shoes or some workout music.
These rewards will help motivate you to work even harder.
Engage In Fun Activities
Exercise does not have to be running around tracks or on treadmills to a point where you can’t breathe.
Engage in fun activities like dancing, swimming, taking nature walks, jumping on a trampoline, doing yoga or even playing tennis.
These activities are among the best exercises that can help you keep fit. The trick here is to find a sport or an event that you can enjoy and help you reach your goals easily.
Working out only when you get the time simply means you will never work out.
Today, people have a lot of responsibilities and taking care of their physical fitness is usually at the bottom of their list of priorities.
Put your workout schedule on your calendar, even if you are walking a few miles or doing stretches in your bedroom, just like you would any other important appointment.
This way, your workouts will not be something you squeeze in anytime.
Also, do not set yourself up for failure.
If you are not a morning person, forget about that 6 am yoga sessions, and if you have classes in the evening do not make 6 pm your health hour either.
When starting out your new exercise regimen, it is important not to train too intensely.
According to the National Academy of Sports Medicine, people who are 100% new to workout are at risk of rhabdomyolysis, a severe medical condition that leads to the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue and excessive release of protein, which is damaging to your kidney.
Trying to push your body to its limits too early can be detrimental to your health. Take it one step at a time.