Exercise is one of those things that you either thrive at, or is something that doesn’t interest you in the slightest. Up until a couple of years ago, I was the latter, and the mention of that dreaded E word would make my eyes roll. However, these days, I’ve realised that it’s more important than ever to exercise, but to exercise in a way that suits you. It’s pointless trying to stick to an aggressive routine, when you know deep down that it’ll probably last a week.
There are so many ways in which you can slowly introduce gentle exercise to your daily routine if you’re starting from scratch, or to build up your heart rate further if you’re already doing a little exercise each week. Starting to exercise can make us feel so much better about ourselves, build up our stamina and help us to look and feel fitter and healthier.
Choose something you’re interested in.
For the love of God, please don’t go from zero exercise to the most strenuous sport going. If you’re starting from scratch, you need to be looking for a gentle form of exercise to get you into the swing of things. Swimming is a great one to try first – it enables you to not only get out of the house (if you can) but you can take things at your own pace. If you choose an exercise that leaves you out of breath after 10 minutes, then you’ll slowly begin to lose interest. Start small – the big stuff can come later.
Have a routine.
If you know exactly when and where you’ll be exercising, you’ll be more likely to stick to it. If you feel like your best time to exercise is as soon as you get in from work, force yourself! If you feel like you’ll be much more productive before work, set your alarm that little bit earlier. (Not recommended for those who find it difficult to get up in the mornings.) If you have a strict routine every day or even a couple of times per week to start with, you’ll find doing the exercise much more bearable.
Set your own goals.
To start with, I set my exercise goal to 50 minutes per week. I could easily do this in one swimming session per week, which became too easy after a while. Then, I changed up my exercise routine to include 3 sessions of 30 minutes each throughout the week. I began to see change after a while, so upped the amount of exercise I did to 5 sessions of 30 minutes each throughout the week. I still give myself weekends off, but when I better myself again, I’ll be sure to fit in some form of exercise each day.
Don’t over do it.
If you over do things, you’ll get tired, bored and possibly injured. Exercise is great in moderation, but too much of it can become a hassle. We’re only human after all! Give yourself some ‘you time’ every now and again. Order that takeaway on Friday night or have a cheat day if you need to. If you do have a break, you’ll feel refreshed and much more determined to smash your goals afterwards! Breaks in exercise are also healthy, don’t forget!
Gradually make things more challenging.
When you’ve had the same routine for a while, things can become stale. If you’re finding your current goals too easy or you’re ready for a change, why not increase the amount of time you spend exercise during the week? If your current form of exercise is too gentle, why not try a new exercise that will get your heart pumping more? There is so much to try and so many endless possibilities.
Recently taken up exercise? Let’s hear your experience!
Have you recently started exercising? Do you have a set routine and a list of goals to reach? Whether you’ve started your exercise routine or not, I’d love to hear your thoughts on how to start exercising! Leave your experience in the comments below and let’s help each other get fit and healthy!