Starting a fitness routine is never easy. If it were easy, everyone would do it. Whether it’s your first time getting into fitness or if you’ve fallen off the wagon it’s not easy motivating yourself to get moving. After a long stressful day, you just want to sit down and unwind. Finding the energy to get to the gym or go for walk is the hardest part. But, once you start working out and getting into a routine, you will find it easier to get yourself going. Exercising makes you feel better about yourself AND guess what? It gives you ENERGY! So now lets talk about a few ways to get you started.
- Get Rid of That All or Nothing Mentality
Doing only a few minutes of exercise is better than no exercise at all. Most people feel they need to spend hours in the gym to reap the benefits of exercising. Fortunately, that is not true especially since most of us don’t have that much time to allocate to fitness. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, you should get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity. That equals out to 30 minutes/ 5 days a week. Just make sure you are maximizing your time and getting the most out of those 30 minutes.
2. Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Maybe you can’t workout 5 days a week. Your schedule may be too hectic to fit it in or you miss a few days because you are sick. That’s OK! If you can only workout one or two times a week, start with that. Then on the other days, adjust some of your daily activities. For instance, when you go to the grocery store, don’t find the closest spot, find the furthest one or take the stairs instead of the elevator.
3. Find a Workout Buddy
Some people enjoy working out by themselves. But others need another person to push them and hold them accountable. It’s easier to cancel plans with yourself than it is with someone else. Your friend is counting on you and you don’t want to let them down. You will be more likely to follow through with your plans.
4. Find An Activity You Enjoy
Some people like going to the gym but others hate it. If you don’t enjoy the activity you most likely won’t stick with it. There are many different activities out there. Find something that fits you. Maybe it’s jogging or playing tennis. Maybe it’s a fitness class at a local gym. Check out all the activities in your area. Many towns have things such as walking or cycling groups. There are also many deals you can find that let you try classes to see if it’s something you like. Some different class ideas are kickboxing, yoga, crossfit, or bootcamp classes.