Almost every person you talk to understands the importance of staying in excellent physical shape. Sadly, life has become a never-ending race that leaves many with little time to exercise. Even people who are ready to spare time to train or go to the gym do not know where to start. Because of these difficulties, there is a need for coming up with effective strategies on how to start exercising either for the first time or as a returnee. Let’s face it, we all want to look and feel great and it is important to focus on that particular reason when starting an exercise program.
So, how should you start the exercise program?
Tip Number 1: Choose the right exercise program for you!
I cannot express the importance of this tip! There’s nothing worse than choosing the wrong exercise program for yourself, it’s almost like watching a genre of film you absolutely know you despise, so why choose to suffer? And now you’re probably thinking, ‘well how do I choose what exercise is best for me?’. The answer can be simple if you want it to be – what do you enjoy? If you’re a rookie in the healthy section of lifestyle, don’t fret, we all have different tastes and so think of an exercise or a sport that you once enjoyed or you believe you will enjoy. That’s it. That’s the first and most important step.
If you have an exercise program in mind but don’t know where to begin or you feel too shy to go out to the gym. Start at home. Log on to YouTube and search for short exercise programs you can begin at home, for example Yoga. It is an ideal exercise program for weight-loss and weight management, among other benefits.
Tip Number 2: Be realistic and patient!
The following thought accelerated my desire to make a real change:
‘How many years of your life have you spent eating poorly, mistreating your body with intoxicating substances and lazing around? 10 plus years? You reap what you sow. You need to unwind what you started in the first place!’
Harsh reality but it is the truth. If you’re overweight or obese, accept it, acknowledge where you are and start rewinding the process by choosing the ideal exercise program for you that will motivate you to envision the real you underneath the weight.
Tip Number 3: Choose a routine that best suits you!
There are many articles that will tell you the ideal amount of time you should spend per week exercising in order to lose weight. But if we are going to be realistic, then the truth is that you need to organise your lifestyle in order to incorporate a routine that best suits you. Organisation is key in life and sticking to a routine is healthy. It instills you with principles which is key to weight-loss and weight management.
For example, you can aim to do three days of exercise minimum per week and each session being 20 minutes long. The order of the days doesn’t matter as long as you do three 20-minute sessions in a week. Thereafter, increase the minutes as the body adapts to the new training regime.
Please do not push yourself too far or too hard. Take it easy and be kind to yourself. Set simple, realistic, and achievable goals.
Tip Number 4: Track your progress or reward yourself!
Some people are motivated by numbers, like myself, so I began tracking my progress in a journal and it motivates me to continue on and it has become an honour of my progress so far. If that doesn’t work for you then, try a reward system. Reward yourself for any small progress you make. However, choose any other type of reward apart from food. Here, you have more than one option. For example, you can go for a massage, watch a movie, or buy something nice. Reward yourself only if you stick to your goals for a specific duration of time.
Tip Number 5: Eat Healthy!
I like to think of eating this way, what goes in my mouth should aim to nourish, replenish and rejuvenate the body. So, if you’re heading for that slice of Death by Chocolate, think again. A good tip is to research healthier substitutes for the junk food you adore. This can ease cravings and help you to reshape your eating patterns and aid in overall weight loss. You are what you eat. You know it.
Tip Number 6: Train with friends or family!
It’s no secret that doing an activity with your best friend, relative or spouse can increase endorphins – the positive feeling, among other benefits.
So, if you feel like you could use a positivity-boost, try asking a friend, relative or your spouse to join you in an exercise program that involves two or more people, for example tennis. Or, form a group of your close friends to start reporting to the gym for a few sessions each week.
Everybody needs a healthy support system to accomplish anything worth talking about in this life. You also need people who support you as you embark on this journey.
It is easier to start when you have adequate support.
Tip Number 7: Choose healthier alternatives in your daily life!
For example, walking. It is just as highly effective as any other form of exercise you wish to start. Walking is healthy for your body. Walk with a pedometer to help you keep track of your progress as you attempt to reach your goals.
Always be on the move! Constantly keep moving in order to be more active and thus burn more calories. Sitting around on the couch or at the office all day is not healthy for the body or the mind. So, incorporate more movement into your daily life.
These are some of my top tips for losing weight and sticking to a routine that helps you manage your weight loss effectively.