Starting on a workout journey can be difficult. Below you will find 40 tips to keep in mind when starting to work out. You should exercise at least 30 minutes a day no matter what, so it’s important to find what works for you. Keep it fun. The more you like your workout, the more likely you will be to continue it.
Not all of the below tips need to be followed, but choose some that will help keep you motivated, that will help you stay on track. Some of them are more about changing the way you think than actually exercising.
- Prepare yourself mentally. Positive thinking goes a long way to succeeding.
- Come up with a workout plan.
- Get a work out buddy.
- Join a gym. It’s much easier to stay on track when you’re paying for it.
- Take advantage of personal trainers at the gym.
- Create an exercise journal and write about everything. For example, “Today I went for a 2-mile run. I didn’t want to, but I forced myself to, and I now I feel better for it.” The more detailed you are the better.
- Join hiking or work-out meet-up social groups. These people will help you stay motivated and provide you with great inspiration.
- Read about major weight loss and exercise success stories.
- Research what will happen to your body if you don’t exercise, i.e., all the health problems that could happen. This may scare you into exercising.
- Start slowly. If you absolutely cannot join a gym or a community center, start off by just walking for 30-45 minutes every day. During this time, come up with the above-mentioned workout plan.
- Don’t be discouraged. For many, losing weight is difficult. That’s okay. As long as you stick to it, the losses will come.
- Make it fun.
- Dance it off. Close all the blinds in your house and lock yourself in a room with an open space if you need to. Put on a headset and dance like crazy. This is relieving in so many ways.
- Meditate at least once a day for at least 10 minutes.
- Tell people you’re exercising every day. Doing this reinforces the promise you made yourself and you’ll be more likely to live up to your word.
- Get a dog to work out with.
- Join a gentle Yoga class. This will help your body stay energies and flexible, ready to work out.
- In the warmer months, exercise outside like walking, running, biking, or playing sports.
- Make it a family game. You don’t have to do it alone.
- Turn off the television. This is a big one. We get easily discouraged when we see the hot beauties on TV. Turn it off for one whole month and read instead, or use the time exercising.
- Force it. Some days, you may need to force yourself to work out. Do it. It’ll be worth it.
- Eat better foods. Healthier foods provide better vitamins and minerals that will help your body and mind stay motivated and energized. When you eat bad foods, you feel sluggish and tired.
- Exercise in the morning or early afternoon so you’re not exhausted when you for a workout.
- Drink a protein shake or a healthy energy drink before workout.
- Eat lightly before your workout, something with protein.
- Snack immediately afterward
- Talk it out. Surprisingly enough, many of us have strange aversions to exercise. Talk to someone, a professional about it.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for someone to help you find workout routines you will enjoy. As a friend at church what they do, or talk to people online.
- Buy special workout clothes.
- Buy special workout equipment like dumbbells for walking and a special water bottle.
- If working out at home, use a space that is already open and ready for workout so you don’t have to move furniture each time.
- Drink more water. This flushes your body and keeps vitamins and minerals flowing through the body.
- Try natural supplements for energy and metabolism.
- Take before pictures of yourself.
- Make a wish wall/board where you post old pictures of yourself or pictures of people who have the body you want.
- Be realistic. Take your body stature into consideration.
- Don’t shower if you haven’t worked out that day. Make it a point to only shower after you exercise.
- Make a song list for workout.
- Get an e-book to read during treadmill, bike, or outside walking workouts.
- Be kind to yourself. Talk to and encourage yourself like you would a friend.
Sources for tips and Health Benefits of Daily Exercise:
Natural News – Incorporating Exercise into Daily Routine
Help Guide – Easy Exercise Tips
Mayo Clinic – Health Benefits of Daily Exercise