When it comes to exercise, knowing and doing are two separate things. You know you’ll be healthier and more fit if you exercise, but trying to get started can be difficult, but don’t despair. By making small changes over time, you can get off the couch and reach your goals.
Decide What You Want
Before you can create a successful exercise plan, you need to determine specific goals. Getting fit may be your overall goal, but each person has certain areas they are most concerned about. For some people, it is losing weight or decreasing their BMI. Others want to increase endurance, build muscle, or improve flexibility.
A good fitness plan includes a combination of aerobic and weight-bearing exercise, but our goals will determine what kind of exercise you should emphasize. Don’t try to do everything overnight. Set long-term goals, but also intermediate checkpoints for your progress.
If you’ve been inactive, your body needs to get used to regular exercise. If you do too much, you’ll get sore and discouraged, and you could injure yourself. Start with easier exercises for a limited period of time at regular intervals and gradually increase. You may try a daily walk or workout on an exercise bicycle.
As you get into exercising, you’ll find your reluctance to move will fade away. Exercise increases the production of endorphins, and you’ll find yourself craving the good feelings. Just 30 minutes of exercise daily can release endorphins to handle depression.
To chart your progress toward your goals and keep yourself motivated, it’s important to keep records. You should record the time, place, and type of exercise that you completed. You may also want to keep track of your weight, heart rate, and other vitals that indicate fitness.
Recording keeping may be easier for you if you wear a fitness tracker. These will automatically record the minutes and intensity of your workouts. Many trackers can also let you visualize your progress with graphs. They’re great motivators, too, since they will send you alerts about your activity levels for the day and reward you with virtual badges.
Whatever type of exercise you choose, the main thing is to get moving and keep moving. The hardest part of exercising is often getting started, but once you begin, you’ll quickly reap the benefits of your efforts.
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