How many people made a resolution to exercise more/be more fit? My gym has seen a surge of people…
I know I did. But I set that as a goal every year. And I keep it. I set my goal as 5 days a week, but truth be told, I usually exercise 7 days a week. In a perfect world, I do spin class twice, two weights classes and elliptical 3 times a week. This year I propose to replace an elliptical session with a Pilates reformer class. I need to get more flexible- that’s my actual fitness goal for the year- flexibility.
But back to you guys: How do you keep up an exercise regimen?
- Start slowly. Don’t rush out and join a gym. Look at the different fitness options available- there are so many now. Find something you are going to enjoy doing and will look forward to. Seriously. Exercise should be fun- it shouldn’t be something you dread. And exercise is anything that gets you moving. Dance class, jumping rope, swimming, fencing, soccer…..it’s up to you! Choose what you want!!
- Now this brings me to my next point- I know the following opinion goes against popular opinion, but DON’T EXERCISE WITH A BUDDY. This is setting yourself up for failure. First off, you may not enjoy the same exercise- so having your friend along side you will not make it any better. Secondly, if your friend is sick, would you still go? The motivation should not be solely based on your friend riding an exercise bike next to you, but because you want to be on that bike. But I understand the allure of having a exercise buddy. My suggestion is simple, find the exercise you like, and find a new friend who enjoys it. I have gym friends. I have friends in my exercise classes and friends I elliptical next to. These people help keep me motivated, because we are both enjoying the same things. So rethink who your exercise buddies are.
- Start slow. I know I began a paragraph like this already, but this is something slightly different. When you are starting out, set your goal to be working out 45 minutes a week. Seriously. Say you are going to work out once. When you do it, it will feel good. after a few weeks, add another session. Build up slowly.
- Ease up. In January, I see all the newbies start out in a class, and they take that first class full throttle, the heaviest weights, the most reps, the highest jumps. They are all in. Until they’re not. Because I rarely see these people again. And maybe it’s cause they don’t like this sort of workout. That’s fine. But it’s also because they work out hard, feel like crap (cause you will- using muscles you never use isn’t pretty) and decide it’s not worth it. So, my advice, that first class, that first session- get the lay of the land. Figure out what’s expected. Find your pace. Concentrate on doing something the right way.
- Make sure you love what you are wearing to exercise. I know this sounds shallow, but if you don’t like what you are wearing, you will be less motivated to work out. Workout clothes don’t have to be expensive- but you should be comfortable and able to move about freely.
The goal of an exercise routine should be to get fit, but remember, there are all different ways to reach that goal. Figure out your individual path. Figure out what makes you happy, and what will keep you exercising and healthy.
I know you can do it!
These are my personal observations. i have no degree in anything related to this- I just exercise every week and these are things that got me started.