Getting into a new healthy exercise routine can be difficult, especially if you have not done anything like it before, but there are 5 simple steps you can follow to ease yourself into the routine and make it that little bit more enjoyable!
Assess your fitness level and create goals
Something really important (and what many people don’t do!) is to assess your fitness levels in order to create realistic routines and goals. Firstly, you need to think about how much exercise you currently do, whether that’s a 5k jog, a quick 10 minutes round the block with the dog, or nothing at all- which is completely fine! As long as you know your limits and how far to push yourself, then you will be fine! By assessing your current fitness levels and designing a routine to suit these, you are more likely to continue with the routine as it should not be too strenuous- you are better off starting slow and working your way up to a goal than pushing yourself immensely and either feel put off or injure yourself.
Get yourself some new gear!
You have likely heard the phrase ‘all the gear and no idea’ but sometimes something that can really motivate you to start a new exercise routine is getting yourself some gym ware! It can do wonders for your confidence, especially if your goal is to lose weight and you slowly see your new gear getting looser and looser! I got my latest pair of leggings here and they are great, so comfortable and not see-through at all. In terms of equipment, it is completely up to you, you could treat yourself to a set of weights, but this is not essential at all, you can just use items from around the house, I find tins of beans and packets of flour do the trick!
It can be tempting when exercising to just rush straight into it to get it over and done with as quickly as possible, but you will regret this! Spending 5-10 minutes doing a full-body warm-up before beginning your exercise will make the world of difference, as it will get your muscles ready for some work! And will lessen the ache the next day! You may also wish to do a cool-down, which is often forgotten about but can be a great way to stretch those hard-working muscles out and also cool your body down.
Monitor your progress
Monitoring your progress can be great for seeing how far you have come, but don’t be disheartened if you don’t see results immediately, results come with hard work, consistency, and dedicated so whether your goal is to lose weight, tone up, or just improve your general fitness, you will get there if you persist! Depending on your goal, monitoring your progress may involve taking body measurements such as inches of waist, taking pictures of yourself, observing muscle growth, or timing how long you can run for.
Take breaks and rest
You need to remember to listen to your body, and by that, I mean take breaks and rest when you need to. Of course, I’m not referring to those times when a workout is a bit strenuous because this is something you need to push through in order to progress, but you need to let your body heal and take rest days when necessary. Also, take short breaks (even for 20 seconds) in-between workouts so you can catch your breath and have a drink of water. Dehydration is a killer! Literally.