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How to jump start your exercise routine

If you’ve finally decided to start a fitness program, obviously you’ve made one of the best decisions! Increased physical activity can help you lose weight, improve your balance and coordination, reduce your chances of coming down with chronic diseases are some of the many benefits of physical activity. However, as a beginner, it might prove difficult to get started. Here are a few tips to get you started:

 

Start slow and progress gradually

 

For someone who is just starting to workout, begin cautiously and move forward gradually. In case you have a medical condition or injury, seek your doctor's advice or ask an exercise therapist to help you design an appropriate fitness program that will slowly enhance your range of motion, strength, and endurance. Rushing into things is heading straight for a possible disaster because your body needs time to adapt to the new routine.

 

Have a balanced routine

 

According to the Department of Health, everybody should have at least 75 minutes of high-intensity workout or 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week or a combination of both. Ensure that this is maintained in your fitness plan.

 

Be sure of your fitness goals

 

People start a fitness program for different reasons. Is your goal to lose weight? Are you starting a fitness program in preparation for your city's marathon competition? Being clear about your goals helps keep your motivation high and progress measurable.

 

Rest

 

You are making a big mistake if you think you don’t need time to rest after workouts. Not only will you risk the chance of a burn out, but sustaining injuries increase drastically too. Workout, but always give your body enough rest time to recover because rest is essential for the repair and formation of muscle mass used up during the workout session.

 

Make your daily routine activity-heavy

 

The reason why many people fail on their fitness goals is that they have busy schedules that leave no time for exercise. But you can solve this problem by building activity into your daily routine and scheduling your workouts. You may decide to take your dog on long walks in the park every Saturday or use the stairs instead of the elevator. Reading a book while working on a stationary bike or following your favorite TV show while walking on the treadmill are also great ways of making your daily routine activity last longer.

 

Write it down

 

Don’t leave anything to chance. Put it on a paper and have a copy in an obvious place where you can always see it to boost your motivation. Some studies have shown that writing down your goals significantly increases your chances of achieving those goals, so put your pen to paper.

Include a variety of exercises

It can be hard to keep your enthusiasm high if you repeat the same activity over and over again. Instead, practice cross-training with different types of activities for a different experience every time you exercise.

 

Get your gear ready

 

One of the most important exercise equipment is athletic shoes. Make sure to buy the right type of shoes for the activity you intend to do. Also, buy exercise equipment that is easy to use, enjoyable, and practical. It’s advisable to try out different types of equipment at the gym before going ahead to buy your own. Fitness apps and activity trackers can also help you achieve more by monitoring your progress.

 

Track your progress

 

After performing your fitness program for six weeks, assess your progress, and repeat every few months. How do your clothes fit now? Are you able to perform a particular activity for longer periods? Monitoring your progress helps to identify what is working and what needs adjustments. You may feel demotivated if your progress is slow, but you shouldn’t allow this to draw you back. Set new goals for yourself and find better ways of exercising to achieve your fitness objectives.

 

Planning, discipline, and a strong will to succeed are essential to the effectiveness of any fitness program.

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