No matter who you are, how old you are, how busy you are, or how much you weigh or don’t weigh, the decision to exercise is always positive and healthy. Always. If you have a specific health concern like high blood pressure, you’ll need to consult with a doctor before you begin a workout plan, but for most of us, the act of getting up from the couch and off to the park or gym can only lead to good things.
So if you’re taking control of your health and starting an exercise plan, good for you! You’re making an excellent move for yourself and those who care about you. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you tackle the fun and fulfilling challenges that lie ahead.
Tips for Exercise Beginners
- Set goals, but keep them realistic.Even without clear goals, exercise is fun and it feels great. So don’t feel obligated to turn your exercise plans into a pass-fail endeavor. But if you do, make sure your goals are balanced. They should provide the challenge you need to stay motivated while still being attainable. If you’d like, get goal setting help from a professional coach or trainer.
- Be steady.
When it comes to a healthy relationship with exercise, steadiness wins the race. Don’t burn yourself out by overreaching then then stop due to boredom or discouragement. Pace yourself.
- Get support.
Find a gym with an atmosphere you like, and surround yourself with supportive workout companions. And remember, the only thing that feels better than receiving support and encouragement is giving it.
- Make things easy.
Schedule your workout for the time of day that best fits your schedule. Don’t force yourself to head to the gym on your lunch break when it’s easier to go at night.
- Pay attention to your lifestyle.
Working out is easier and more fun if the rest of your lifestyle is built on healthy foundations. Try to eat well, drink plenty of water, and get at least six hours of sleep every night.