Starting an exercise program and sticking to it can be a steep hill to climb for most people. The longer you leave it though, the harder it becomes to get back in shape. If you are at the point were a flight of stairs is a herculean task you know exactly what we are talking about. Furthermore, if you are it this point, you know better than anyone that its time to start working out. So we have compiled a step list to make the starting point easier and prevent any injury that will inhibit this new start.
Step 1 – Get the right gear
Get comfortable and help prevent unwanted injuries! Buy the right shoes and clothing to make your start as smooth as possible. You don’t have to spend a lot, just make sure it fits right and provides support. Remember that there are shoes for running which support the foot differently to say shoes for cross fit. At this point you will probably need running or jogging shoes that will suit your early needs and stay with you when you are really moving in a few months.
Step 2 – Make a good playlist
Music is the best way to help you focus on a workout. You know it and you should be taking advantage of it for your benefit. Find the best way of carrying your music around and blast those headphones when you are doing something physically demanding. It will help you stay focused and if you pick the right tunes it may push you to do more than usual.
Step 3 – Start doing the small things
For someone who is completely inactive even the smallest movements can start making a difference. Vacuum cleaning, mopping, changing bed-sheets or washing the car can help you become more active little by little. Playing with your children outdoors is another great way for you to break a sweat and reduce stress!
Step 4 – Walk, walk and then remember to walk some more
Walking is the best way to get started on a workout schedule if you are out of shape. Gear up and replace the nearby car rides with a walk, or get off one bus stop before your destination to add the extra stroll. The best way to motivate yourself is to plan a walk with a friend or partner once or twice a week. You should never underestimate the power of walking.
Step 5 – Prepare the ideal program
Write down what you would ideally like to do every day of the week in regards to physical activity. Write down the best case scenario (be realistic with your goals though) and read the daily program every morning. You might not be able to get it all done but knowing what you want and need to accomplish will motivate you to try harder.
Step 6 – Find your sport
You don’t have to be an expert on it already, as a matter of fact you dont even have to be good at it. The important thing is that you like it and it makes you want to do it again and again. You could try everything from yoga and pilates to swimming and spinning. There are beginner levels and exercises for almost every sport out there so don’t hold back and get involved.
Step 7 – Measure progress
Nothing is more satisfying than seeing your hard work pay off. By writing down what you have been doing each day you will motivate yourself to do more and also see the fruit of your labor. But don’t hurry and step on the scale too early or too often. Your progress may not always be visible on the scale so it is important to stick to the schedule and do as much as you can when you can.
Once you get started on these simple steps you will start noticing the difference and it wont be long before you get back in shape!