When you think of exercise, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe it’s super fit people at the gym or intense team sports. Exercise can be an intimidating word and it can be overwhelming knowing where to begin. So we’re here to help. We’ve put together some of our best advice to help you find a fitness routine that works for you.
You may be tempted to go hard straight away. Join a gym, go running every day, and ditch all your unhealthy habits all at once. However, making drastic changes over a short space of time won’t work in the long term. Once the novelty and motivation wear off, it’s easy to slip back into your old habits. It’s much better to make slow, small changes that will become part of your routine.
Find Your Routine
Speaking of your routine, it’s a great idea to allocate the times of the week you want to exercise. It’s very easy to say “I’m going to get fitter” but you need to be specific with how you’re going to do it. How can you fit working out into your week? You could start cycling to work or go for a run afterwards. Make sure to wear high-vis clothing if you’re out in the dark. Find the time of the day, and the activity, which works best for you.
Do Something You Enjoy
If you’re looking to improve your fitness levels and start regular exercise, you need to find something you enjoy doing. Otherwise, you won’t stick with it. If the thought of going into a gym freaks you out, there are plenty of online exercise classes you can try. Once you find activities that work for you, you might get motivated to try different things.
Be Kind to Yourself
Exercise is not about punishing your body. It’s celebrating everything it does for you and looking after it, so you continue to be healthy. The fact you’ve started to take the steps to start improving your fitness is an amazing accomplishment. You should be proud of yourself. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t see the kind of improvements you want to see straight away. The main thing is you’re trying.
Remember to Rest
Rest is just as important as exercise. Give your body a chance to reset and recharge. This is particularly important if you start doing high-intensity workouts regularly. Give yourself permission to rest. Your body will thank you and it can help you work out better the next time.
You won’t regret your decision to start getting fit. Take each day as it comes and remind yourself why you wanted to start exercising in the first place. What are some of your fitness goals?