Starting an Exercise Routine

 

Exercise has many benefits including stress relief, decreased fat storage, and improved mood. But let’s face it, if you aren’t already in an exercise routine, it can be really hard to start one. The reality is that a good workout isn’t easy and that can deter you from sticking with it!

The first thing you need to remember is WHY you want to exercise in the first place. We don’t mean the surface level version where you just want to look better. We are talking about that deep down reason you probably don’t want to share with too many people. This WHY is what will help you get on track and stay there.

The next thing you need to decide is what type of exercise you want to do. It should be something you enjoy.

So you know your WHY, you know your WHAT, now let’s talk about the 4 things you NEED to start an exercise routine.

#1 An Awesome Playlist

Believe it or not, music has a ton of benefits when working out. It can keep you motivated, improve your performance, provide a fun distraction and much more. This can be a great way to keep you on track and excited about working out. Take some time to create a playlist of songs that make you want to get up and dance. It really helps.

#2 A Positive Mindset

Ever heard the saying “fake it until you make it?” For some, that may be the approach for #2, and that’s okay! Having a positive mindset, including positive self-talk, is known to increase a person’s willingness to exercise.

Tell yourself things like:

  • “I am going to feel great when I finish this workout”

  • “I know this is hard, but I can do it!”

  • “I am so thankful my body is able and I am going to take advantage of that!”

#3 An Accountability Buddy

This is a biggie! There will be times that your WHY, the music, and your mindset just aren’t enough to make you get up and go exercise. We all experience that from time to time, but when starting an exercise routine it can occur a bit more often because it hasn’t become a habit yet.

So find that person that knows your WHY and is willing to put some pressure on you when you just don’t want to do it. Remember, you have to be willing to do the same for them!

#4 A Set Schedule

If you don’t make the time to exercise, then it most likely won’t happen. Sit down and take a good look at your schedule, then decide the optimal time to get in a good sweat.

For some, the optimal time is waking up a bit earlier to get it out of the way BEFORE life interrupts your plan. For others, maybe it looks like hitting up a gym on your way home so you don’t get sidetracked or discouraged from heading back out.

If you need help beginning an exercise routine, I can help! All you have to do is book a free intro to get started.

-Coach Karen

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