Last updated on April 23rd, 2017 at 01:08 am
A week or so ago, my blogging friend Toya, from Toyas Tales left a question in a comment which I thought would make a great idea for a post. She asked if I had any tips to get motivated to break a sweat for beginners. Here is a list of tips on how I find the drive to stay active.
I would suggest to try different activities until you find something you like to do and are likely to stick with. Suggestions to start would be yoga, walking, bootcamp class, dance lessons, or you might even like weights (not everyone likes cardio)! I like running or the workouts on the Nike Training Club (a free app on my iPhone). Both require little equipment or and are low to no cost involved.
I’m not a gym person, and I get intimidated doing weights in public, so for me, exercising at home is key to being successful to sticking with it.
2. Start Slow
Take it easy, don’t expect to run 5 kilometers the first time you go out running, or lifting 20 lbs weights. Even if you end up doing 5 minutes of that workout video, it’s at least 5 minutes that you didn’t do the day before right? Add 5 or 10 minutes next time you do it.
Walking is great exercise. We walk our dog twice a day, every day, I usually take the morning walk, but I often take the afternoon one too. Twenty minutes here and there adds up over a week.
If a 45 minutes workout sounds to long, cut it to a 20 minutes high intensity workout or an amount of time you find reasonable. Alternatively, do 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening.
3. Go Through The Motions
I’ll be honest here, I don’t always feel like working out. I know I should workout, so I’ll get dressed in my workout clothes, and start my workout/run by going through the motions. Next thing you know, I wake up, and I find myself halfway through and enjoying the activity. Fake it until you make it!
4. Compete with yourself, not with others
5. Listen to Upbeat Music
When I run, or work out, I like to play music. It helps to focus my attention away from those voices inside your head that tell you want to stop, or walk when you should be running etc.. If I am running, I usually find myself running faster when I hear song I really love.
6. Find a support group
So, I hope these tips help you stay active and develop a new lifestyle. Do you have any tips to add to this list?