So you have decided to get healthy and are planning
to start exercising. Congratulations! However, like most women, your days are
extremely busy with work, kids, and endless obligations. So how do you do it?
Starting a new workout routine is usually the hardest part. To be able to
achieve your fitness goals, begin by creating an exercise routine. Here are a
few tips to help you create the perfect workout routine.
Set Clear Goals
Whether you are exercising to lose weight, staying
healthy, or just to feel good about yourself, setting clear goals is one of the
most important steps to achieving your fitness goals. Having clear goals will
help you create the perfect workout routine that will enable you to achieve the
desired results. Set realistic goals that include clear milestones to help you
measure your progress.
Determine the Time Commitment
According to the Center for Disease Control and
Prevention, an adult needs at least 60 minutes of exercise every day to stay
fit. Take the time to review your weekly schedule and then try to build in at
least 1 hour of exercise. If you have an exceptionally tight program and you
are short on time, aim for at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise, five days
a week. Remember, whatever your time commitment is, the most important thing is
engaging in the most efficient workout.
By nature, humans need variety and change to stay
motivated. Design your workout routine in such a way that there is a succession
from workout to workout and then layer them with new and exciting experiences
and a variety of exercise techniques. Change your trail run to enjoy the
different scenery or modify your toning and sculpting class choreography every
week to keep it interesting. Also, including activities that you genuinely
enjoy can make you look forward to your next workout. Incorporating a variety
of drills also helps to change your body in unique ways.
Keep It Simple
Take baby steps when starting out a new workout
routine. Trying to run 10 miles on the first day is not recommended. The
chances are that you will end up sore, discouraged, or even injured. As you
start an exercise routine, take it easy. You can start by running a quarter-mile for the first few days and gradually pick it up from there.
Treat your exercise like you would an important
appointment and strive to fulfill these requirements every day. Get a weekly
planner or create a table to plan your workout in the same way you would plan
meals. Assess your exercise programs after every 4 to 6 weeks of working
out. You may realize that you need to
ramp up your workout or increase the amount of time to achieve your fitness
You may also be pleasantly surprised that what you
are doing is just the right amount to meet your fitness goals. Tracking your exercise
gives you a better direction when it comes to your exercise regimen.
Starting an exercise program is an important
decision. However, it does not have to be an overwhelming one. Following these
tips will help set you up for a lifetime of better health, loads of energy, and