There can be many things that make us want to start moving a little more, but where do we start? It’s ok. Relax, breathe, and sit back as you plan how to get started with exercise for beginners.
Many of us have a goal to get moving more or to lose a little weight, but what is the long-term goal? Perhaps it’s to walk 10,000 steps a day or to lose 10 pounds? It’s important to have the long-term ideas in your head to make sure that you always have something to focus on when you start your workout. Once you have the overall goal in place, it’s time to break it down into more manageable tasks. There’s no use planning a workout every day if you don’t have the time. Maybe a weekend workout is the best place to start?
One of the easiest ways to ease yourself back into exercise is to start walking. There have been many studies that show how between just 20 and 30 minutes of brisk walking a day can have some significant health benefits, such as lowering our risk of heart illnesses and our blood pressure. It could be time to start enjoying all those benefits and more. The best bit? Getting in a walk can be simple to fit into the day. Heading out at lunch to stretch your legs or walking with your friends can help keep many motivated.
Don’t overdo it
You might have your new goals in your head and want to smash them out of the park, but overdoing it when you’re only just on the road to exercising might be one way to put you off moving for life. Sure, pushing ourselves a little harder each time can help to keep us motivated. However, getting injured as a result is likely to help us lose motivation rather than help us stick to the plan. They say that slow and steady wins the race, and they might just be right.
Try new things
How do you know you don’t like Zumba if you’ve never given it a go? If you have a fear of water, then it might be safe to say that swimming probably won’t be your favorite sport. However, starting exercise can be the perfect time to try out all those sports and exercise routines that we’ve spotted over the years. Many fitness centers run the classes throughout the week while some even have free or reduced-charge classes for those wanting to give it a go. You never know, you might just find an exercise that you’ve always needed in your life!
Starting to exercise can be a daunting task. You might have been away from the game for a long time, or you could be looking for a way to change your life and get more active. Whatever the case, this might be the first step of many toward a brand new exercise-loving you! Just remember – it’s a marathon and not a sprint.