Exercising is one of the pillars of good health. However, it’s intensive, both physically and mentally. Beginning with an exercise routine is tough. If you haven’t worked out for a long time or ever, it takes a lot to break that physical and mental resistance and sweat it out. Equally challenging is to stay consistent. And remember, fitness is a long game, which calls for consistent effort throughout your lifetime. No matter how difficult, there are ways to both start an exercise routine and stick with it. And in this article, we’ll look at some tips that can up your fitness games.
Why It Is Important To Exercise
Reasons for not exercising can be myriad. Not finding the right workout, falling short on time, getting bored, or a health issue, there can be several factors restricting you to start exercising. However, you need to start sooner or later for the multiple health benefits that physical activity provides:
- Exercising helps you lose and manage weight
- It boosts energy levels
- It prevents several diseases
- Working out helps with stress management and improves mental health
- It also improves sleep
Concludingly, exercise is crucial for good overall health.
Tips On How To Begin & Stick To An Exercise Routine
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If you are trying to start with an exercise routine or finding it difficult to stick to one, here are some tips that might help:
‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’. This quote by British playwright John Heywood applies to multiple spheres of life including fitness. You cannot achieve your ideal fitness level in a day. And if you try to do that, you’ll quickly tire yourself and lose steam. Hence, start small. Anything from brisk walking 30 minutes, dancing for 15 minutes, or taking a yoga class can help.
The key here is to stay consistent, to build your fitness game one step at a time. When you start small, there’s a greater chance to stay consistent with your routine, which ensures you good health for a long time. Aim for embracing exercising as a lifestyle choice rather than a tool for attaining your weight loss goal.
Find Exercise You Enjoy
Many people stop midway out of boredom while exercising. The problem here is that you haven’t yet found the right form of exercise that works for you. Gyming might work well for your friend, while you drag yourself to the gym. It’s alright as you know one thing that you dislike. Finding the right workout routine might take time. Hence, try a couple of things to find out what you like.
Mix It Up
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Strength training helps you build muscles, Yoga improves your flexibility, both of which are required for good health. Hence, instead of doing just one form of exercise, mix it up by incorporating different workouts, from aerobics to strength and resistance training. These will help you with good overall health.
Set A Proper Time
Lack of time is another reason why many people do not work out. However, upon contemplation, you might realise that it’s not the lack of time, but prioritising other activities that might be stopping you to include physical activity in your daily routine. What might help is to set a particular time when it’s easy for you to work out. It can be in the morning to get that boost of energy, in the noon to help you with the lull, or in the evening for relaxing. When you set aside a set time for exercise, you’ll be left with less room for prioritising other things.
Get Supportive Peers
Sometimes exercising in a group can help you immensely to build that momentum that helps you to not just get started but be consistent with exercising. It also makes the whole experience more fun and fulfilling. Hence, join a class, go to the park, or exercise with your friends or family. Enjoying exercising is your goal here.
Other Tips On Exercising
Now that we have covered the getting started and be consistent parts, here are some other tips on exercise and fitness that might help:
- Have Nutritious Meals: Exercise is crucial for fitness, but so is food. So, as you begin with exercising, focus on your meals too. Just have a balanced meal with lots of seasonal fruits and vegetables in your diet.
- Stay Hydrated: Drinking enough water is also crucial for optimal health. Hence, make it a point to drink at least eight glasses of water daily, which is more important now as you are sweating it out.
- Warm Up & Cool Down: Yes, you have started following an exercise routine, but do not forget to warm up and cool down before and after the class, respectively. These will help you with better workout performance, reduce your chances of injuries as well as help with post-workout muscle soreness.
Another thing that you should remember is to know your limits. Your body isn’t a tool to help you reach a particular goal. Hence, do not put excessive strain on your body and treat it well as it needs care and nurturing to keep you disease-free.
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