Saturday, 11 July 2015

5 Tips On Starting An Exercise Program

Home gym - 5 tips on starting an exercise programThursday, I wrote a post about getting motivated, which you can read here:
I was also asked to write a post on being motivated to start an exercise programme. The post from Thursday will still help you get started, but with an exercise programme there are a few more things to consider. Are you:
*trying to lose weight?
*add muscle mass?
*generally get fitter?
as there are different programmes for each one. It would be majorly demotivating to put all the work in and go up a dress size when you are trying to lose weight because you are following the wrong work out programme. This site has lots of good workout programs and articles designed to help you create a program that works for you.
So aside from the 5 tips in the original post I would add the following 5 tips for an exercise program:

1. Set clear, achievable goals
Depending on how far you have to go, an exercise program can seem daunting. Set smaller milestones to hit along the way.
2. Invest in some quality workout shoes
I am not one of those people who thinks the gym is somewhere for you to model the latest fitness fashion (unless you want to then why not?) but blistered, painful feet are a good way to put yourself off. Find a pair of trainers that are comfortable and fit well.
3. Give yourself a break
Don't let exercise take over your whole life. If there is an event you want to attend on a workout day, switch your workout to a different day. If that doesn't work, go anyway - if you miss 1 day it's not the end of the world! Don't give up. Just start again on your next scheduled day.
4. Get a workout buddy
A workout buddy can be a great way to keep you on track. You can motivate each other to keep it up, push each other through barriers and celebrate each other's successes. This can also be good if you are quite competitive and don't want to be seen to quit. If this isn't going to work for you, maybe consider keeping a diary of your workouts and milestones on your blog or social media.
5. Turning up is 90% of the battle
I read this one somewhere years ago and thought it sounded like crap if I'm being totally honest. I was wrong. If I could only give you one tip, this would be it. Basically, even if you don't feel like working out, turn up. Tell yourself if you get there and still don't want to do it you won't. Chances are once you are there, in your workout clothes, you will complete your workout. I know it sounds stupid but just give it a go - it really does work!
If you are starting a program, good luck! Let me know what got you motivated to start an exercise plan.
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  1. These are great tips, Debbie- especially the last one! I agree- if you make the effort to show up, chances are you'll follow through! Xx

    1. Thank you :) The last one is one I swear by! x

  2. I agree, the last one is the most important of all :)

    1. It's weird isn't it, but it really does work :)

    2. Nobody ever says, 'I wish I hadn't exercised today .' Getting there is the biggest hurdle.

    3. Totally agree! I often find that if I push myself to do it even on days I don't want to that I actually still end up enjoying it too :)

  3. Good tips, thank you for sharing them on #bigfatlinky

  4. I love these tips and I need the inspiration to get started! Have just joined WW so made a start but need to up the exercise :) Mim x #thelist

    1. Thank you :) Sounds like you are well on your way, good luck! x

  5. Great tips Debbie. I tend to avoid the gym but really love going out running as slow as I am. #TheList

    1. Thank you :) Running in public would be my worst nightmare lol it's a great way to exercise and get a bit of fresh air at the same time though :)