Exercise is a must part of a healthy life. And after this pandemic people are more aware of it. Exercise helps to keep you in shape, increases your muscle strength, makes your bones strong, and helps to keep you away from diseases. In general, it helps to walk towards a healthy life.
Most people decide to start exercising but are unable to do it for the long term. While some people are just thinking about it, not starting it in reality.
Keep these things in mind before starting an exercise
1. Know your “why” – Basically when we start any new thing we just do it for a few days with great enthusiasm and then we go back to normal.
But when you think about why you have started a particular thing, it will help to remain on the path.
So, before starting exercise, write down “why” you want to start an exercise and keep that paper visible to you. So, when you detour from your exercise regime just go back and read it.
2. Keep short and realistic goals – When you are planning your exercise decide your main goal from it. And divide into a few short goals.
While deciding goals, think about your capability and then decide. For example, if your goal is to reduce 10 kilograms of your body weight, it won’t be possible in a month. So, break it down to 2 kilograms per month. Go slowly but steadily.
3. Invest in some products – If you want to start any exercise regime. Start investing money, but not lots of money. Don’t invest in the whole year’s gym fee at starting. Most of the people pay the whole year fee to the gym and don’t go for more than a month or two.
Better you can start with walking shoes or workout clothes. This investment motivates you to start working out.
Or you can invest in a trainer, which is the best thing. The trainer will help you to customize your exercise and keep you accountable.
4. Find out a suitable time – There is no rule that you have to do exercise at a specific time. Most people think exercise has to be done in the morning, so they give a reason “My mornings are busy, so I can’t work out.”
You can do exercise any time, which best suits you. But stick to that time, to make it your routine.
5. Check out your interest – My friends are going for Zoomba, so I’ll also start it. No, it won’t happen. Your friend maybe has some interest in dance hence they like zoomba, but your interest may be different.
Just start with simple walking or running. Try this for a few days, see if you are liking it or not. And then try some other form of exercise. Find which one you are enjoying the most and continue with that. Later on, you can keep adding other forms too.
6. Make it a habit – When you are starting exercise, start it for 10-15 minutes initially and then increase it gradually.
But don’t skip it. If you do it daily for a few minutes a day that helps you to keep moving. Nothing is better than something.
In the book Atomic Habits, James Clear says, when you want to start exercise, don’t start it on the first day. For the initial few days, just wear your shoes and sit at home. Gradually you feel like, if I have worn the shoes, why I can’t go and just stroll around and then you feel like walking.
Start cultivating small things, which helps you to form habits.
7. Keep track of your progress – Nowadays quite a lot of fitness applications are there which helps you to track your workout record, use that.
Or just write it on a notepad, about your daily workout record, your initial weight, and inches.
It will help you to know what is working for you.
- Every person is different, hence their interest. So see what works for you.
- Move your body for at least 30 minutes daily.
- Stay hydrated throughout the day, and sip water while exercising.
- Along with exercise, try to cultivate healthy food habits.
- Don’t forget to warm yourself before exercising.
- Along with a warm, cooling down your body after exercise is more important.
- Don’t force your body to work hard. Listen to your body, if you feel tired take a break for a day.
- Don’t rush, go slowly but steadily.
- No exercise will reduce your weight or keep you in shape overnight. Give it time.
- Don’t rush to change exercise patterns frequently. Give your body time to adjust to it.
- Invest in a trainer to guide you or to keep you accountable.
- And last but not the least, enjoy the process then only you can stand in the long run.
What kind of exercise do you prefer? Tell me in the comments.