Here is how to get started with exercise and it does not have to be hard.
Taking the first step to exercising and being healthier can be the hardest step to take. It can be so daunting to exercise, especially if you have not done any for a while. You have all these doubts about starting or if people will judge you; well push those thoughts aside and let’s get started.
But why exercise in the first place? To put it simply if is one of the best things that you can do for health.
It does not take long after you have started exercising to start to see and feel the benefits. These are both physical and mental benefits.
On the physical side of things exercise can help you achieve and maintain a healthy body weight and reduce of the risk of chronic disease.
On the mental side of things exercise can improve your mood, help you sleep better and overall improve your mental health.
In summary, exercise can change your life.
How to get started
Record where you are now:
Take some selfies, or if you are the sociable type ask someone to take some snaps of you. Record some measurements with a tape measure of your biceps, chest, waist, hips and thighs. Doing this allows you to track your progress and it is satisfying to see where you have come from.
Don’t go out try to run 10km, start with something small. Grab your headphones, pick your favourite tunes and head out for a short walk around the block or the park. Fancy trying yoga or something else, YouTube has some great content to help you get started.
Commit to doing these activities three times in your first week. This will start to establish your new healthy habits.
Make it fun:
Exercise does not have to be a slog; it can be fun. You don’t need to spend hours in the gym or bashing out km after km on a treadmill.
One fun thing I like to do is make obstacle courses with my daughter in the garden. Just things to jump over, crawl under and run around. It does not have to be complicated and kids love getting involved. For example, grab some garden canes and some clothes pegs and you have yourself hurdles or a pole to crawl under. Set yourself a timer and have some fun.
If you prefer cycling, grab a bike and get out there. The choice is yours, pick something you fancy doing and try it. Remember doing something is better than doing nothing.
Give yourself permission to experiment with different activities and find some you can stick with. If you hate the gym, you are not going to commit to going multiple times a week. You need to need to make your exercise fun and not a chore, then you look forward to it.
Before you started you took your measurements, Now set yourself some goals and track them. Tracking will let you see how well you are doing. Your goals could be anything from weight loss or how many times a week you exercise. Take your new measures every two weeks.
Get some accountability:
Having someone knowing what you are up to can help you keep going and achieve your goals. Talking to a friend or family member can really help you to keep on track. You never know they may want to be on board with you. (Sometimes I tell my cats I am going for a bike ride or a climb, not sure they are bothered but I feel better.)
Now that you have started, keep going. Remember that first step was the hardest. Pretty soon your new exercises will become routine and you will be on the road to better health.
Disclaimer: Always check with your doctor before starting a new exercise regime.