Maintaining a New Exercise Program
Most of us enter into a new workout regimen with the goals of improved health and better appearance, perhaps with varying levels of personal priority. While we may start out with our eyes focused clearly on our goals and with great motivation and enthusiasm, it can be vary hard to maintain that mindset.
Items to Keep In Mind When Starting a New Daily Exercise Program
- One potential mistake can be to start out with too vigorous of a routine. Pushing ourselves too hard right off the bat can lead to a number of factors that contribute to failing to meet our goals.
- If it has been a while since you worked out, it can be very discouraging to start out and not be able to complete the workouts you envision.
- Also, an excessive workout will most likely result in sore muscles and fatigue. All of which makes it tougher for us to drag ourselves to the gym or outside for a walk or jog. Excuses come fast and easy and we quickly rationalize all the reasons we aren’t sticking to our plans.
- Aim for a few times a week of moderate exercise. You’ll know when it’s time to build up to more.
- After a while, boredom with your exercise can set in. Seek out new ways to get a workout – try swimming, tennis, or a yoga class. Also, don’t expect that exercise is going to give you a renewed feeling of energy right away — it’s just not likely to happen that way.
- If you’re anything like me, you will feel more tired and sore when first starting out. But, even if you don’t feel more energetic after a workout at first, you should feel very good when you’re finished about having done it all and gotten it over with.
- The best advice I can give is to find a way to make your workouts part of your routine. If it automatically becomes a certain part of your day or week, you’ll be working out before you’ve given yourself a chance to come with an excuse not to go.
- Don’t wait for the motivation to hit you. Just go without thinking too much about it. Once getting to exercise becomes more regular, you’ll start to feel the benefits of more energy throughout the day. More clearly, you’ll notice how different you feel when you’ve missed your opportunities to workout for a couple days and you may actually be looking forward to getting some exercise.
Keep these thoughts in mind and you’ll be on your way to long-lasting healthy lifestyle habits.