Have you just decided that it’s time to start exercising and working out? Fantastic! Even though the thought of getting into shape may feel like an overwhelming task, know that even the most out of shape person has the potential to make an improvement and develop a healthy life.
I was in the same situation about 2 years ago. Thanks to a trip to my doctor, I found out I weighed a whopping 294 pounds which was a clear signal to me that it was time to get off the couch, put the soda down, and start exercising.
A note of caution, be sure to check with your doctor first and inform him/her of your exercise plan. Safety is of utmost concern so take the slow and careful approach when beginning to work out.
At the onset, it may be extremely difficult to motivate yourself to get moving again. Your mind may think of numerous excuses in an attempt to convince yourself to stay glued to where you are. These are the thoughts and notions you must ignore.
Here’s What To Do When Just Starting Out Exercising
When you develop the habit of exercising regularly, you will understand the fact that working out is not something you do just for a few weeks then stop altogether. You will come to realize that exercise is simply part of living a healthy life. This is why when you truly develop the habit of exercising, you will look forward to working out 3-5 times per week.
Remember, sitting on the sofa, eating excessively, and not exercising are likely the culprits that helped get you into the condition you are today. It’s finally time to change that all around and start working out.
Just so you know, two years ago I never exercised. These days I’m playing tennis twice a week, running with my dog three times a week before work, and I’m even going to a local Bootcamp class twice per week. The best part about all this is that I really enjoy my exercise time. I actually look forward to my workouts now.
But that was not always the case.
When I first started, I would get tired walking around a few blocks and had trouble doing 3 simple push ups. It took a firm commitment, even when I was feeling lazy and lethargic to stick with my plan.
Slowly but surely I went from walking a mile, to two miles, then 3, and 4. After that I started jogging for 15 minutes at first, then 30, 45, then an hour. I also worked on my upper body doing push ups, situps, light weights for my arms, shoulders, and back.
After a few months of this since I was getting into better shape and my endurance was improving, I began changing up the activities. That’s when the fun really began and why I am able to do many more activities now thanks to taking the time to start out exercising slowly but consistently.
Point of the matter is, starting out exercising is a process. Getting into shape is not something that will happen overnight or even after a month or two. However, if you stick with a specific exercise plan, slowly over time you will see changes happening. After 3-5 months of your consistent dedication you will be astonished at the new skills you’ll have acquired in addition to the new physique you’ve developed.
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