- Start with a simple routine.
If you are a beginner or haven’t worked out for too long, you need to build the habit first. Start with a simple routine and take it easy on yourself. For instance, start by jogging for 15 minutes a day, then, as you get used to it, increase the duration. Apply this idea to any other type of exercise. So, if you start by doing 10 jumping jacks a day, level it up to 11 the next day, and so on.
- Remind yourself that it might get boring at times, but you need to keep going.
Even fitness enthusiasts go through days where they feel under the weather. The difference is that they still get up and move. For beginners, that can be even harder or more challenging. Once you pass the excitement of the first days at the gym, you may feel lazy or demotivated. This is exactly when you need to remind yourself to just keep moving, even a little. A little is always better than nothing.
- Break your goals into small steps.
First, your goals need to be realistic. For example, if you have just begun exercising, it is unrealistic to set nailing a headstand as a top goal. You can, however, keep that as a long-term goal by breaking it into small steps. Breaking a goal into small steps makes it easier to measure progress and stay motivated.
- Consider online programs.
The biggest challenge for so many is getting themselves out of the house or trying to find a slot for going to the gym in between their busy schedule. Today’s technology has placed online workouts at home as an easy and more flexible option.
- Keep it fun.
This is important for beginners. Don’t start with high-intensity workouts, you might lose interest quickly or find it hard to commit. Instead, try fun classes such as dancing, Zumba, or spinning. That way you will get yourself in the habit of moving your body. As you build the habit and progress, you can switch to higher-intensity exercises.
- Avoid comparisons.
Always keep in mind that your journey is your own, and it doesn’t have to be like everyone else’s. Starting at the same place as someone else doesn’t necessarily mean you will progress at the same pace. The best comparison you can do is where you are today versus where you were yesterday.
- Surround yourself with like-minded people.
The people you surround yourself with play a vital role in the quality of life you live. Surrounding yourself with people who live a healthy lifestyle will inspire you to do the same. You will eventually find yourself motivated and more active. Finding a workout buddy to exercise together will help you stick to your routine and will make the journey more fun for you.
Remember, drop the all-or-nothing attitude. Even 5 minutes’ worth of movement will still make a difference. Reward yourself for your progress and accomplishment, no matter how little. Lastly, take it easy on your body and give it time to adapt.