Make your own Exercise Program and STICK with it!

Do you find yourself making resolutions about exercising to get in shape, but find yourself starting then never doing it again. This “How-to” can help you with some ideas to provide a puch that you need.

1. Do something you enjoy.
If you like it you’ll keep at it. Enjoyment is the key to sticking with it. Not all workouts are at a gym: try biking, badminton, swimming, even dancing.

2. Make a commitment.
Get a journal. Write down what you want to accomplish and a time frame for reaching your goals. Don’t just make a mental promise to yourself. This is one way to ensure you can stick to your workout on a regular basis. Keep reminding yourself of your purpose.

3. Find an exercise buddy.Exercising on your own requires huge self-discipline. Make it easier for yourself by finding a friend or a neighbor to exercise with. Alternatively, or in addition, join an exercise class that is right for you. But don’t allow yourself to be pushed into something that is outside your program. A compatible exercise buddy puts fun into the effort, keeps goals in focus.

4. Chart your progress in your journal.
Create a wall chart and log your exercise activity, vital statistics (weight, measurements, best times, maximum lifts, etc.). Chart every detail of your exercise routine for a month. You’ll feel great as the information gets up on the wall. Here’s a sample chart that can help you Track your Progress.
5. Try to incorporate a healthy diet with your exercise routine.
Eating foods high in nutrients and low in fats and empty calories certainly makes you feel better before and after work outs. Here’s a link that might help you: Healthy Eating: Tips for a Healthy Diet.

6. Drink lots of water!
When your body doesn’t have enough water, that’s called being dehydrated. Dehydration also can keep you from being as fast and as sharp as you’d like to be. A bad case of dehydration can make you sick. So keep that water bottle handy when the weather warms up! Not only does water fight dehydration, but it’s awfully refreshing and has no calories. Read Why Drinking Water Really is the Key to Weight Loss.

7. Start small, then build up from there!
Maybe start with doing 10 minutes of exercise, every other day. You’ll be surprised how starting small slowly winds its way up to a daily exercise regimen, and healthy body! Doing interval training can help speed up your ability to reach your fitness goals, i.e. run for two minutes, jog for four minutes and repeat for 24 minutes total.

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