How to Start Exercise and Stick to It

20 Nov 2015

If you're just beginning to exercise, start cautiously and progress slowly. If you have an injury or a medical condition, consult your doctor or a physical therapist for help designing a fitness program that gradually improves your range of motion, strength and endurance.

You already know there are many great reasons to exercise from improving energy, mood, sleep, and health to reducing anxiety, stress, and depression. If you’re having trouble beginning an exercise plan or following through, you’re not alone. Many of us struggle getting out of the sedentary rut, despite our best intentions.

The key is to commit to the habit you want to create such as doing hit 3 times a week and giving yourself 30 days of trial of doing that habit consistently.

Ditch the All-Or-Nothing Attitude

You don’t have to spend hours in a gym or force yourself into monotonous or painful activities you hate to experience the physical and emotional benefits of exercise. A little exercise is better than nothing.

Bring a Friend

Having a workout partner is one of the most effective ways to be accountable and make your workout fun. Making it a competition is also great for motivation. Try to bring partner or friend to build up strength and stretch your body.

Check Your Expectations

You didn’t get out of shape overnight, and you’re not going to instantly transform your body either. Expecting too much, too soon only leads to frustration. Try not to be discouraged by what you can’t do or how far you have to go to reach your fitness goals. Instead of obsessing over results, focus on consistency. The payoff will come in time.

Get Clear About Your Intentions

Strong intentions are key when it comes to follow through. Write down your goals and keep them handy when you are having trouble staying motivated. Remember, consistent exercise over time has tremendous benefits for your long-term health.

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