Its often hard when you start exercising to keep up the momentum, all too often we start at 120% and exercise regularly and for longer times than we normally would. But this can often just wear us out and old habits begin to creep back in. Whether it is taking shortcuts on the exercises or eating unhealthily.
So how do you start an exercise plan and ensure you stay on it?
First things first you have to work out what you want. Would you like to lose a few extra kg’s, put on some extra muscle or completely overhaul your lifestyle – food, exercise and way of thinking.
Once you have an idea of what it is you want to achieve you should write this down, preferably somewhere you will see it. I have mine as the background on my phone. It lists why I want to achieve my goals. Some of these goals maybe quite personal some may not. It is okay to be superficial, there is nothing wrong with wanting to look amazing at the beach! When you feel good about yourself, don’t you find life a bit more fun and happier?
What will this exercise plan allow you to do? Give you the confidence to talk to people? Apply for your dream job? Compete in that competition you have been wanting to for years?
There are plenty of resources available on the internet about the best exercises to start with and basic plans. Here are a few of my favourites.
There are plenty of apps out there to help you achieve your goals, I will do a post on them later on but here are a few of my favourites:
Full Fitness – This app should be essential in everyones app list, it contains a lot of exercises you can do at the gym and shows you the correct form with how to do them. You can even construct your own plan or use one of the pre-set ones. Its certainly worth the $. Considering a personal trainer to show you the same thing can cost you up to 20x that for one session.
Zombies, Run! – Very clever app, where zombies chase you as you are running. You would be surprised how motivating it can be hoping to stay alive! Its a really nice difference compared to the normal running tracking apps.
RunKeeper – Another essential to everyone, it can track everything to do with any cardio work, running, walking, bike riding, swimming. Whatever your preference is, this will cater. It can even track your GPS location for runs and post them to Facebook & Twitter.
Once you have a workout plan, from here it is best to do up a food plan, I will do a separate post on this as there is certainly a lot to cover. However in any case, if you are looking for a boost it would certainly be worthwhile seeing a dietician who caters to the goals you want to achieve. They should be able to factor in your exercise plans and food requirements along with your goals and do a plan. This can often be invaluable. Just be cautious whilst some personal trainers can do food plans, this often doesn’t take into account of any minerals and nutrients your body may require, such as magnesium, vitamin C etc.
So now you have an exercise plan and a food plan & your reasons for doing it. The next step in following it. Nobody can make you do it, and some days will be harder than others. There will be days that you really don’t feel like exercising, but I find if I make myself go for just a bit, its funny how a bit becomes a full session once you are into the swing of it. So just give it a try and try different things from time to time.
I will do some more posts from time to time about different exercises & fun things to try and even cool apps and gadgets I come across. I would also love to hear any stories you may have. You can leave a comment or contact me here.