Exercise is rough to get into. Some people are born power houses, others fall into it and become addicted and most of us seem to get into the cycle of exercising then quitting because it is too discouraging. You don’t lose enough weight, you don’t lose it fast enough, people at the gym are ‘staring’ at you, you don’t have time, and excuse after excuse. Here are some things that can help you stay on track when you start up your next exercise routine.
Location! Location! Location!
Not everyone’s neighborhood is fitness friendly for those daily walks! Choose the location for your work outs that is close to your home and/or work. You want to make sure your fitness location is readily accessible for when you plan to go. If you have a long commute from work to the gym or trail, or if you stop at home first and then realize how much longer it will be until you get there, this can deter anyone from going after a rough day. Keeping it close, simple and easy will help make the transition easier. If you are picking a gym, try finding out what is in between your home and work so you don’t have to go out of your way. Maybe there is a local fitness trail or bike trail near by or even a school with a great track.
If you considered a gym but really are only focusing on a few machines, perhaps a treadmill or elliptical and some arm machines, consider purchasing the cardio equipment yourself and picking up some hand weights. Unless you are going to utilize a gym to its fullest potential, then having what you need at home can be your best benefit for your location!
Make it part of your routine.
I have found that, for me, it is easier to stick to a gym routine when you “have” to do it. Think about it. You have to wake up, go to work, eat, and drive, etcetera and etcetera. So why should exercising be any different? If you add it into a part of your day, something that needs to be done, it actually becomes easier to stick to. You wouldn’t call off of work without thinking about the consequences. This is just another way to make sure your exercise is incorporated into your lifestyle.
Create a great playlist.
Having the right motivational music, and music you love to listen to, can make time go faster during your workouts and also much more fun. Boredom is a killer! Create a great playlist, bring a book or even watch TV during if that is accessible at home and/or the gym! If you are distracted by how much time went by you may actually be surprised by the endurance you have!
Bring a buddy.
Motivational support and friendly conversation from some of your favorite people during your workouts are a great help. Even if you are walking around the track alone, call someone.
YOU decide when to start. Don’t get discouraged. It’s about being healthy NOT a number.
Weight and health are huge issues in society; however, only YOU can decide when the best time for you to start your new routine. Everyone who has lost any significant number of weight say the same thing: I knew it was time. Walking by a mirror or clothes store and feeling sorry for yourself will not help your motivation. People gain weight for all different types of reasons but there really is only one reason to start a new exercise program to lose weight: because YOU want to and are ready to. Size is just a number and everyone is built differently to begin with. It’s about being healthy on the inside; the outside will catch up where it needs to be. You have to be able to love who you are to be able to create a healthier you.
Remember, you are doing this for you and no one else. Don’t let anyone tell you that you aren’t doing enough as everyone has to start at their own pace and find what is comfortable for them. And if you are at the gym, don’t worry – – no one is watching you work out no matter how self conscious you feel about being there!