Most people are interested in exercising. Making that decision to start working out is easy. The hard part is actually starting the regime. The most stressful challenge faced by people is the aspect of making lifestyle changes. Most people are used to bad health habits they developed over the years, changing this can be hard and it can take time.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make sure you start and stick to exercising.
The first thing you need to do is see your doctor. You may not know it, but you may have a condition that can hinder you from exercising effectively. Apart from that, seeing a doctor is a good way to know where you stand health wise. This can be very helpful in achieving your fitness goals.
The next thing that can make a huge difference is finding a fitness buddy. Motivation is very important. When you surround yourself with people who encourage you and believe in you, you are able to progress. These are the people who will make you go to the gym or take a run even on days you don’t feel like doing it. Your buddy can go a long way in ensuring you reach your goals.
It is also important to look for a role model. There are many people who were able to overcome tough situations to reach their fitness goals. You can look for one whose situation is similar or close to yours. Every time you feel like giving up, remember they made it happen and you can too. This will keep you going even when you want to give up. You have a lot to learn from people who have managed to do what you are trying to do.
If you’re going to maintain your fitness routine, you need to enjoy it. If you enjoy biking, dancing, walking or jogging, you can take up these activities as your fitness routines. You have so many options. To reduce boredom, you can include a few activities you enjoy to your daily regime. We stock plenty of fitness equipment to help you out here – treadmills, exercise bikes, weights, yoga mats – so you can find something you really like doing.
Also (and this is especially true in the Tasmanian winter), make sure your activity is weather appropriate! It’s no good planning a walk around the neighbourhood every day if you hate going outside in the cold. Choose something else for the winter and plan those activities for the summer.
When starting out, avoid spending hours working out. You don’t want to make yourself so stiff you can’t exercise for a week! It is advisable to spend at least half an hour on workouts every day. As you get familiarized with the exercises, you can increase the time limit gradually. You can ensure your workout time does not interfere with your daily routines by working out in the early morning or late evening. Start waking up half an hour before your normal time and dedicate this time to working out. For the evening, you can choose to be going to bed half an hour later than you are used to.
And good luck!