The evidence is overwhelming and nobody really needs to emphasize the importance of exercising in today's world. A work out helps enormously by keeping you fit, hale and hearty and also by releasing endorphins that give you an overall feeling of goodness and well being every time you exercise. So we're going to assume that the need for exercise is well established in your mind.
Where most of us falter is in the implementation. We all understand that exercise is an important part of the routine - the problem is in introducing it and more importantly keeping it in our routine. So how do you get started on your path to well being and stay on course? Here are some tips. 1. Set Goals. Setting goals is a great way to get started with an exercise regime.
The goal could really be anything - it could be a quantitative goal like losing a certain amount of weight or a certain number of inches off the waist, or, it could be qualitative like getting back comfortably into an old pair of jeans you seem to have grown out of. The point is in keeping an objective in mind and setting incentives for you to work hard. Keep in mind though that the goal should be challenging but not out of your reach.
The goal should motivate you to keep going. 2. Monitor Progress.
Have a system in place to track your progress, both at the overall level, as well as for each exercise. Check to see how each exercise is helping you. Monitor your overall progress with respect to the goals you have set. Make sure that you track your progress with a periodicity that is long enough for some real results to show, but at the same time short enough for you to modify your regime based on the progress made. Sometimes, asking a friend or family member to track your progress helps.
3. Build it up. Don't expect to turn into Rocky Balboa overnight. Having such expectations can lead to a lot of problems including physical damage by overexertion.
Make the necessary changes in your schedule as you start working out daily. Slowly increase the time, and level of your exercise. Also, perform all exercises correctly and in the suggested frequency, as otherwise it may lead to added damage while you are trying to help yourself out. 4. Keep it together. Always keep in mind that your wish to exercise is going to fluctuate and do not be depressed if it happens.
Try your best to make sure that you never skip your exercise schedule for more than a day. But in case you do, and you miss a few work outs, instead of scorning yourself and feeling downhill, be calm and get back on the schedule. 5.
Make it fun. There are many factors that make exercise fun and can help you remain motivated. For starters, get the right gear for your workout - it may involve investing some money upfront, not only will it make a huge difference to your efficiency level in your exercise routine, but it will also make you feel good about exercising. Also, whilst working out alone, or even otherwise, playing some good music helps make the exercise fun and puts that extra spring in your step.
If you're not really into music, you could try to listening to some audio books. Finally, every step towards the goal you set out is an achievement. Always commend yourself on what you're doing and the progress you've made in your exercise regime. While commending yourself for your successful workouts, however, it is advisable that you do not treat yourself with eatables.
Your healthier mind and body are in themselves the best reward you could have given yourself. Appreciate and enjoy them.
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