10 Easy ways to Start Exercising and Stick
So you’ve found the motivation to decide you want to lose a couple of pounds, but you can’t find the drive to actually work out. Or maybe you went to the gym once, swore you’d go again, but you just got too busy.
Well, that’s what we’re here for! We’ve come up with 10 ideas on how to start exercising and actually stick to it. Read on to find out about it!
Idea #1: Get a home gym
Going to the gym every other day can be tough, not to mention daunting. It’s definitely a scary experience to walk into a gym for the first time as an unfit newbie while hardcore lifters and muscle maniacs are expertly exercising all around you. Avoid all that stress by simply getting a home gym.
Some home gym equipment ideas are a treadmill, a set of weights and a good quality yoga mat for your stretches, ab exercises etc. Most exercises such as squats and lunges can actually be done without the help of any gym equipment too!
Idea #2: Pick an exercise you like
If you don’t enjoy working out, you’re not going to be motivated to do it. Find an exercise you enjoy participating in - maybe it’s running, swimming, playing football, playing tennis etc. You will then find yourself eagerly anticipating your next exercise session.
Idea #3: Get a workout buddy
Working out with a friend is so much more fun than working out alone. Find a buddy who will go to the gym, or go for a run, with you regularly and you’ll be much more inclined to go yourself. It helps if your buddy already has an exercise regimen in place, so they can coach you and help you figure out your own exercise regimen.
Idea #4: Start slow
Don’t throw yourself into the whole exercise-ritual just yet, start off slow. Begin exercising a couple times a week, then slowly build your way up. Ideally, you should aim to get at least 30 minutes of exercise 5 times a week.
Plus, your muscles will be very sore if you aren’t used to working out, and this can be quite painful. Be sure to give them enough rest in between workout sessions!
Idea #5: Start mild
Similarly, don’t jump into high-intensity workouts if you’re an exercise newbie. You could potentially injure yourself quite seriously as you will not be familiar with the techniques required to properly participate in certain activities.
Especially avoid high impact activities that involve jumping, etc.
Idea #6: Set goals
Set milestones for yourself such as improving your running timings, or increasing the number of reps you can do for a type of exercise. Another possible milestone could be to run a half-marathon or even a full marathon! Having these goals will keep you grounded and remind you of what you need to accomplish.
Don’t forget to reward yourself when you reach those goals.
Idea #7: Eat healthy
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to get all the brain and body-boosting nutrients you need. Be sure to get carbohydrates and proteins too - you’ll need the carbs for energy and the protein for your muscles. If you fill your body with the right foods, you’ll be bursting with energy and excitedly anticipating your next gym session.
Idea #8: Schedule your workouts
Schedule timings for your workouts. Mark it on your calendar and tell yourself repeatedly that you will go. This will ensure you have adequate time to work out, and you will also be much more likely to actually exercise since it’s an official item on your calendar now.
Idea #9: Plan your workouts
Figure out what exactly you’re going to do during your exercise session. Are you going to focus on abs, legs, arms, back, etc? What specific exercises are you going to do? Are you going to go for a 20 minute jog around the neighborhood park? Are you going to do 10 laps at the swimming pool?
When you properly plan out your workout, you won’t waste time sitting around wondering what to do. Plus, you’ll actually engage in a full workout session instead of leaving halfway because you don’t really know what to do next.
Idea #10: Get cute gym clothes!
Invest in good quality, good looking gym clothes that make you look good! When you see how attractive you look in those clothes, you’ll be much more confident about going out and getting all sweaty in front of strangers.
Be sure to wear clothes that are comfortable though - working out is difficult enough, don’t make it any more uncomfortable than it needs to be.
With these 10 ideas, you’re sure to find an exercise regime and find the motivation
Guest Post : Suzanne James