Starting and sticking to an exercise plan can be challenging, especially when you're new to it. However, with the right mindset and strategies, you can increase your chances of success. Here are some fitness tips for beginners to help you stick to an exercise plan as a newbie to working out:
Set realistic goals: Start by setting achievable and realistic goals that align with where you are at right now. Avoid aiming for drastic changes right away, as this can be overwhelming, demotivating & knock you off your positive course. Gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts as you progress.
Choose activities you enjoy: Find activities or exercises that you genuinely enjoy. When you engage in something you like, it becomes easier to stay motivated and committed. Experiment with different workouts, such as walking, jogging, cycling, dance fitness or other group fitness classes, until you find what suits you best.
Create a schedule: Establish a regular exercise schedule and treat it as an important appointment with yourself. Set aside specific times for your workouts or classes and stick to them as much as possible. Building a habit takes time but you will get there with a little discipline.
Start small: Begin with manageable workout sessions to build confidence and prevent burnout. For instance, start with 15-20 minutes of exercise three times a week, then gradually increase the duration and frequency. It's better to do something rather than nothing, so even short workouts will make a difference to how you feel.
Find a workout buddy: Having a workout partner can provide accountability and make exercise more enjoyable. Consider finding a friend, family member, or joining group fitness classes where you can meet a whole new group of fitness friends who'll help support you and keep you motivated throughout.
Track your progress: Keep a record of your workouts, noting the activities, duration, and any improvements you observe. Seeing your progress over time can be motivating and help you stay committed to your exercise plan.
Celebrate milestones: Celebrate your achievements along the way, whether it's completing a workout streak, reaching a specific goal, or fitting into a smaller clothing size. Rewarding yourself for your hard work reinforces positive behaviour, makes you feel like a ninja and keeps you motivated.
Be flexible and adaptable: Life will sometimes get in the way of your exercise routine. Accept that there may be occasional disruptions, and be flexible in adjusting your plan when you need to. If you miss a workout or have to skip a day, don't dwell on it—simply get back on track as soon as possible. It happens to everyone from time to time.
Seek support and guidance: If you're uncertain about where to start or need extra support, consider consulting a fitness professional (like me). I'll be happy to give you some advice to get you started!
Stay positive and be patient: Remember that forming a habit takes time. Don't be too hard on yourself if you experience setbacks or don't see immediate results. Stay positive, focus on the process, and trust that with consistency, your efforts will pay off.
Getting to where you want to be takes an investment of time and energy, there is no doubt about that. There will be bumps in the road along the way but ultimately, you will get there and it will be so so worth it.
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