Convinced you hate exercise? It hurts every time you even think about it? You’d rather drive to the shop than walk even though its 2 minutes away? I hear you. This is how I used to feel. I would start to exercise and it felt so uncomfortable at first. Here is what you need to know to get yourself to move it:
It doesn’t matter where you are starting from as long as you start! Start small, start with something manageable. Walk around the block and time it. Use the stairs more. You hear it all the time, take the stairs etc…. but how effective is it really? Well here is what to remember. Every time you get moving you are making your next experience with movement easier and better whilst creating a habit at the same time. Trust me, there will come a point where you go further, faster and enjoy it! In the beginning it is more about getting your mind in the game than anything else.
You are stronger than you think. Each week add something new whether it is doing the same route faster or going further, keep pushing yourself. Perhaps you join a class or try something new. How hard is up to you and therefore so are the results. But remember that pushing is not always physical when you are starting out. The real push is mental so celebrate the small victory of making the good decision to move at all!
One good decision almost always leads to another. Maybe the fact you exercised leads you not to have that extra portion of food which you know you don’t need. Maybe you don’t want that extra beer after all your hard work. Be mindful of how starting to move more can creep into your life and make your decisions better!
Take note of how you feel each step of the way. Keep a diary of how you feel before and after you exercise. At times when you don’t want to do it, this is what will keep you going. Make notes of good decisions that have resulted from your new habit.
Tweak the habit! You will inevitably come to a point (faster than you think) where you want to take on more changes. This is where you can go overboard so I recommend introducing new habits slowly and give each one time to become a habit.
Challenge yourself. Set small fitness goals to aim for in order to challenge yourself. Whether it is to run faster, get stronger etc… Pick one thing you would like to be able to do and work towards that.
Make it social! Joining a group can be extremely beneficial to beginners. You are more likely to show up for your workout if you know people will notice your absence! Try a new exercise class with friends or even organize a walk or run together.
Above all try to have fun. You are so much more likely to stick to something if you enjoy it. Think outside the box and don’t be afraid to sign up and try new things. Try not to get disheartened if it takes a while to get into something new. It takes time so have patience with yourself.
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