Now, that you have selected your weight-loss routine you’re ready to add in some exercise. The question is how to get started with an exercise routine. Well, below I have shared a few easy steps to get you started!
- First, let’s determine your fitness level. Like me I am sure it has been a while since you have committed yourself to a program and you have no idea how fit you are. Record these baselines so you have to have a few benchmarks to measure yourself against later.
- Measure your BMI(Body Mass Index) This link will get your BMI number
- Walk 1 mile (if you can) and see how long it takes
- Take some measurements: waist & hips etc.
- How many sit-ups can you do?
- How many jumping-jacks can you do?
- Set yourself up for success! Designing an exercise program is important but don’t design one that is unrealistic. I know you want to exercise everyday but is that realistic? I suggest starting out slow and adding as you go.
- Start off at your own pace. Don’t try to run a mile when you barely finished walking one during your assessment.
- Add in exercises gradually. Most adults should do at least 30 minutes of cardio a day and at least 2 to 3 days of strength training a week.
- Make sure to switch it up! Try not to do the same thing every day that’s a sure fire way to get bored and to quit exercising. If you walk one day then the next day try some aerobic exercises or yoga and so on.
- Keep an exercise journal to document what you have done each day. Write down your fitness goals here too and make sure to highlight all your successes!
- Listen to your body! If you’re barely getting out of bed in the morning it is time to reevaluate your exercise routine. If you feel pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, or nausea, take a break. You may be pushing yourself too hard.
- Reward yourself when you have accomplished one of your fitness goals! Not with food, but with a massage or a new outfit.
- Use a reminder system. Schedule your workouts like you would a dental appointment; this will help to keep you on track on those days life gets to hectic.
- Another great way to keep you going is to find a buddy to workout with. This will keep you motivated not to mention it is a lot more fun doing exercise with a friend than alone.
- Repeat your fitness assessment from step 1 every month or two to see where you are at and how much you’ve progressed. It’s important to measure success with more than just the scale or tape measure. One of the most important indicators of progress in an exercise routine is getting stronger and faster.
- Finally, be flexible. If you’re not feeling well, give yourself permission to take a day off. But make sure to get back at it as soon as possible.
Starting an exercise routine is a huge decision. But it does not have to be overwhelming. If you take time to plan it out carefully and journal daily, you can create a habit that will change your life!