Starting an exercise program can be a huge challenge. There is an overwhelming amount of information out there, and much of it is conflicting. Lift heavy weights, lift light weights, do lots of cardio, cut back on cardio…. It just makes you want to throw your hands in the air and say “Forget it! I'm heading back to the couch!”.
First things first. Before you even START to exercise, you have to commit to making exercise a priority in your life. And remember, exercise doesn’t have to mean logging countless hours at the gym doing endless bicep curls and running on a treadmill. All sorts of activities can help you achieve your goals, and finding the things you love to do will help it become an everyday part of your life.
Old habits die hard, and changing them requires a committed effort. It takes time to develop new habits, and a positive attitude is key! You will not become an athlete overnight, but slow, small changes will help ensure that fitness becomes an integral part of your daily life.
It’s important to check with your doctor to get the green light to exercise without restrictions. Surround yourself with supportive people and role models. Having a support system is one of the most crucial pieces in the healthy lifestyle puzzle. Having someone to be accountable to, and someone who can motivate you when you JUST DON’T FEEL LIKE IT is important for everyone, no matter their level of fitness.
Working with a qualified personal trainer will help you learn how to set and reach achievable goals. This is especially important for new exercisers. You have to remember that there are endless options out there to help you get fit and stay fit, and a professional can help you sift through all the available information and figure out what’s best for you!
Physical health often falls by the wayside when you’re trying to balance the demands of your daily life. But physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle will help you find more energy and enthusiasm for everything else in your life!