Exercising regularly to lose weight is number one in my book because exercise increases your metabolism and burns extra calories. Additionally, exercising regularly increases your muscle mass, this also burns more calories. Below, I’ve highlighted a few steps that you might consider when starting a new exercise program:
First, consult with your doctor so that you can get the green light to go forward. This is especially important if you have health concerns.
Second, begin at a gradual progression. In my case, at the beginning of a training season, I’ve learned that running too fast too soon, causes injuries. For beginners, exercising too hard or trying to do too much too quickly can lead to burnout, frustration, and even injuries.
Third, try various exercise routines. For me, I find running a few days a week coupled with other cardio activities like a bicycle or the elliptical machine keeps me motivated and distracts from monotony. I also enjoy mild weight lifting so that I am working different muscles. The variety also helps to find which exercises appeal more.. When you find exercises that appeals to you, you become invested.
Fourth, start an activity log of all your exercise activities. This can be fun and it also keeps you on track with your progress.
Fifth, have FUN! Smile when you are working out. Refer to happy thoughts. You might wear headphones while listening to your favorite music. For me, I enjoy working out with a friend. Working out with a friend provides me with encouragement on days that I am feeling “lazy.”
Sixth, thank God for getting it done through Him. Some days, I just don’t have the motivation to stay steady and consistent. With prayer and trust in God Almighty leading me, through Him, exercising is checked on my lists.
By Linda Brown, Austin Fit Director/Organizer