Are you trying to start back into a fitness routine after a long winter break? Learn the secrets of people who have managed to make exercise a way of life. Here are some tips and tricks to get you into a fitness routine.
1. Be Consistent
Make a goal to exercise every single day. Even if you only walk on your treadmill for 10 minutes one day, at least you are moving in the right direction. It will be hard at first, but the longer you continue, the more this habit will become ingrained. Soon it will feel weird if you don’t exercise!
2. Follow an Effective Exercise Routine
You need to combine strength training, interval training, and cardio/aerobic exercise to have a well-rounded exercise program.
3. Try Something New
There are so many different types of exercise, you are bound to find one you will enjoy. The key is trying several different types of exercise until you find the right one for you. Try something new like Yoga or Pilates.
3. Set Realistic Goals
You will not be able to go from the couch to a 5K overnight. Don’t push yourself so hard you quit. Set realistic fitness goals for yourself and reward yourself for achieving small goals along the way.
4. Use the Buddy System
Find a friend or relative who has similar goals and encourage one another. Exercise together. Use this as an opportunity to enjoy one another’s company while you get in shape.
5. Make Your Plan Fit Your Life
Too busy to get to the gym? If you’ve got floor space, try simple floor exercises to target areas such as the hips and buttocks, legs and thighs, and chest and arms (like push-ups, squats, and lunges). Aim for 10-12 repetitions of each exercise, adding more reps and intensity as you build strength.
6. Be Happy
Be sure to pick an activity you actually enjoy doing AND choose something that is convenient. The gym may be right by your work but if you don’t like going, you won’t stick to it. Or, you may love mountain biking but can rarely get to the trails so you won’t be able to go consistently. You need to find something that you enjoy but is still easily accessible.
7. Watch the Clock
Work out at the time you have the most energy. If you’re a morning person, schedule your fitness activities early in the day; if you perk up as the day goes along, plan your activities in the afternoon or evening.
8. Call in the Pros
Don’t know where to start? A professional assessment can determine what types of exercise you need most.
9. Get Inspired
It can be hard to get and stay motivated. Try to read blogs or web sites about people going through the same struggles as you or who have similar interests.
10. Be Patient
Finally, remember that even if you follow all these tips, there will be ups and downs, setbacks and victories. Just hang in there and you will start seeing results!