Tips to “Get Moving” and Kick-Start Your Fitness RoutineApril 29, 2015
Keeping on track with a fitness routine can be difficult. If you have taken a break recently due to weather, surgery or illness, family obligations or work and are looking to get back into exercising, there are a number of ways you can stay motivated to keep moving.
Make exercise part of your daily routine.
Now that you’re getting back into working out, make it a healthy habit. Once exercising becomes part of your routine it will become automatic. While forming this habit, consistency is important, so try sticking to the same schedule.
Set a goal.
Setting a goal like completing a charity walk or running a 5k can help with motivation. If you are working towards something it will be easier to stick with it.
Don’t do too much too fast.
You might get overwhelmed at the thought of exercising consistently, especially if you have taken a long break. Take the pressure off and form your exercise habit by committing to doing a little bit at a time. Ease into it, otherwise you could get burnt out or injured if you push yourself too soon.
Working out can be an activity to look forward to. If you stopped exercising due to lack of motivation, this could be a good time to reevaluate and change your methods. Exercise won’t become part of your routine if you don’t like it. Find sports or activities that you will enjoy, and try a variety of activities so that you do not get bored. Having a work out buddy can also be a great way to get back on your workout routine. They can help motivate you on the days you don't want to exercise, and help push you just a little bit further than if you worked out by yourself.
Remember the benefits of exercising.
Physical activity is important for your overall health and wellness. However, if you find yourself needing to slow down or take a break, don’t beat yourself up. Take some time off, and remind yourself of the benefits of exercise to get you motivated to resume your workouts. Recall the good feelings you experienced after having completed a workout.
Remember-if you have any health concerns, consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine.