Here are some tips to get you started on your exercise routine:
Plan your time – Don’t expect your workouts to just ‘happen’. You’ll need to plan them into your week, this could be going to the gym or signing up to sports clubs. Some people prefer early morning workouts, or you might be able to squeeze them into your lunch break. Either way, plan ahead and set that time aside.
Motivate yourself – Once you’ve planned your time to exercise, stick to it. There are lots of distractions that can sway you away from exercising. However, if you can motivate yourself to do so this will keep you on track. You could motivate yourself by setting goals such as to lose 10 pounds or run 5K.
Make it fun – Dim the lights and turn up the music! Not everyone will enjoy going to the gym or going on a run so you need to find an exercise which you like! There are so many different exercises to choose from so once you’ve found the one for you, you’ll soon start to feel uplifted.
Buddy up – Exercising doesn’t have to mean going it alone. If space allows, invite a friend to work out together or get the whole family involved. Another benefit of exercise is that it can be a social activity.
Use available resources – The biggest benefit of being at a gym is having access to such a large number of different machines and equipment. While you may not be able to replicate a full gym set-up at home, you can copy the basics. Use what resources you have to get you started: bean tins make great weights for your arms, climbing the stairs can help strengthen your legs and a sturdy chair makes a good bench to do arm dips on. Get creative!
Get online support – Today more than ever, there is a wealth of advice and support available online including bootcamps, workshops and videos. If you choose to workout at home, you’ll be part of one of the fastest-growing digital communities on the planet. If you choose to workout elsewhere there are so many tips online to help you with this.
Keep it varied – doing the same few exercises over and over will soon get boring. Try new things and mix up your workouts with a combination of cardio, weight lifting or yoga each week.
Set yourself a challenge – and record your progress. Wherever and however you choose to workout, staying motivated is key for long-term success. Setting yourself realistic goals – whether they’re to do with weight loss or the distance you can run – will help you see how far you’ve come.