Whether you just need to get back into a workout routine or shake up the current one, here are a few ideas to get you there! The most important thing is not to overthink it. Just like the nutritional part—start with small changes.
#1 It’s common sense… The thing with healthy habits is that a lot of it is just common sense. When you can make a few positive changes, do it. It doesn’t take much thought to know that moving around more burns more calories than sitting all day.
#2 Get out of your comfort zone… Get used to exercise being a bit uncomfortable. A good workout challenges you to test your strength or endurance, it may not be comfortable but it shouldn’t be painful either.
#3 Every little bit counts… Instead of thinking of exercise as something you have to do, think of it as something you get to do. We all have long days and sometimes a one-hour session is more than enough. When you walk around, every step or healthy food choice helps you to succeed in reaching your goals.
#4 Try something new… A routine is one thing, a rut is another! If you’ve been using the cardio and strength training equipment, try the floor for a change. Yoga or PiYo could give your workouts a whole new challenge. If running is your thing, try in Intervals class or add lunges to your workout. No ideas? Invest in a few personal training sessions.
#5 Don’t overdo it… Going for the ‘all or nothing’ after not exercising for awhile can take its toll on your mind as well as your body. To prevent injury and a discouraged feeling, start small and work your way up slowly when you’re ready.
#6 Make it realistic… Not only should you not overdo it when you first start, but you also don’t want to set goals that you know you can’t meet. Think back to Chapter 1 of your WMU curriculum and focus on your SMART goals! Make sure that you’re not scheduling more than you can do when you first start a workout routine, and pick a time of day that you know you can stick to as well.
Just remember to take it easy – you can’t overhaul your entire fitness plan in one day.