How to Start Exercising
For those beginning their weight loss journey, it can be difficult to figure out where to get started with exercise. Everyone starts at different levels of fitness experience— some regularly exercised some years ago, others have never followed an exercise regimen, and other do exercise but need something new. Wherever you fall on that scale, there is steps everyone can take when they are beginning to start exercising.
Check your starting point
Before starting to incorporate exercise into your schedule, the best thing you can do is go to your health provider to get a physical examination. They can help you understand what potential health problems you may have that could cause issues during certain exercises. If you go to a wellness clinic, they can help set up a program for weight loss that fits you and your needs optimally.
Set realistic goals
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A lot of people jump into exercise head-first, and that is not the thing to do. Don’t be overzealous and set extreme goals like running a mile when you’ve never gone for a run in your life. Instead, start a plan that is easy to follow that you can build on as you start to feel physically able. Push yourself, but don’t push too hard, and reward yourself to achieving your goals.
Make a schedule and stick to it
Turn your exercise into a schedule and stick with it. Whether you exercise every other day or only on certain days, morning or night, make a commitment and stick to it. If possible, find an exercise buddy who can help hold you accountable. Once more, rewarding yourself for sticking to a schedule is a great way to keep motivated.
Be mindful of your limits
If you’re not used to regular exercise, you may find you move much more slowly than you want to, especially when you start to feel sore. Soreness is natural and something that can be fixed with some quality stretching, but do not push past pain or nausea– if you are feeling either of these symptoms, it is better to stop and pick things up later. The exercise will wait for you.
Monitor your progress
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