Just by reading this article, you have already begun to think about getting exercise. Good for you. Exercise is one of the key elements to a prolonged and healthy life. It is a wonder why it is so difficult for so many people to actually do it. Especially since, once it becomes routine, exercise is very easy to maintain as a daily part of your life. This list of tips and advice should help you in starting your own exercise routine and help you avoid some of the pitfalls that cause many to give up exercising.
1. Have a plan. Just saying to yourself that “today I’m going to exercise” isn’t going to help you when it comes time to actually start working out. Make yourself a plan that tells you what days you will work out, for how long and what type of work outs you will be doing.
2. Devise a personal routine for the kind of shape you are in. A lot of your workout routine will depend on what kind of shape you are in. If you are severely out of shape, then you should devise a workout centered on weight loss that includes an increasing amount of cardio exercises like jogging or treadmill workouts. If you are already in pretty good shape, you may want to fine tune your workout to build muscle mass or perhaps increase speed or endurance on the track. The key here is to not overstep yourself when you are out of shape and to challenge yourself when you are in shape.
3. Set goals for yourself. Part of any successful exercise routine is seeing results. The best way to measure results is to set goals for yourself and work to reach them. If it is weight that you wish to loose, then set a target weight or target clothing size for yourself. The more you see yourself closer to your goal, the easier it is for you to stay motivated in your routine. Strength goals are also a way to keep up your drive while working out. Increasing the weight you can bench or the number of reps you can do in a set will give you a sense of pride and accomplishment.
4. Evaluate your progress. Every six weeks or so, take time to see how your routine is developing. Have you surpassed your goals or have you not met them? Are the workouts boring you or are you enjoying them? If you’ve made little progress, think about the reasons that you might be slipping. Skipping days at the gym could mean you are too busy to use one and maybe working out at home would better suit you. Or perhaps you just don’t like any of the people at the gym you are at and need to find another one. If your workouts are going better than planned, maybe it is time to step it up and expand your routine.
5. Stay with it. Getting in shape is just part of an exercise routine. Staying in shape is the true goal. People stop working out for a variety of reasons – career changes, family, moving. Any break in your daily routine can derail you from exercise. Most people quit, however, from not seeing results immediately. This is a huge mistake because results from working out may take extra time for some but results will come as long as the exercise is constant. There are also those who quit their routines because they reach their target goals and stop. This is also a mistake as it just makes the difficult process of starting a routine have to be repeated.