Start a New Exercise Program
One common New Year’s resolution is to start an exercise program. Here are some tips to ease you into the process.
Check with your doctor before starting. Before you start any exercise program, you should see if you are up to it physically. This is especially important if you haven’t exercised in a while. A physician can give you advise on how to best start your exercise plan, and let you know what to look for to see if you are doing too much.
Goal setting – Make them small goals. Don’t decide that you’re going to swim a hundred laps or run a marathon ever day. It can be hard to get motivated to do such a task, especially in the beginning. Start small, then gradually build up to more.
It’s ok to reward yourself. Believe it or not, achieving your goals should be fun. Once you’ve achieved a goal, no matter if it’s big or small, give yourself a reward.
Have fun with it . Exercise doesn’t have to kill you. Biking, tennis, swimming, and yoga are all exercise, as is walking and dancing. It’s important to find something you like – it will make your goals more attainable, and more enjoyable in the bargain.
Variety is the spice of life. It’s important, whether you’re just starting out on a new exercise program, or it’s old hat to you, to keep variety in your workouts. This will keep you motivated to exercise and keep it interesting, along with being good for your body. Variety will keep you challenged and flexible.
Find the right time of day. I’m not sure how you deal with exercise, but I for one have never done well working out in the morning, despite my best intentions. I’ve always found working out at night was best for me. I could do mornings if I split up the workout, but to do the whole workout in the morning was horrifying. Find what time of day is best for you and stick with it.
Start the New Year by improving your health and looks by starting a new workout regimen. You’ll be glad you did.