I might not like it at first, but eventually it will become something that I do daily that I will need and love. It’s a lifestyle change, all of this is. I have lived lazily and in excess—that’s a harsh truth bomb, but truth non-the less. So, this week I have decided to start exercising. I am actually excited about it. I am way way way out of shape and I know it, but I have to start somewhere.
You need a well-rounded exercise regimen. You need balance/flexibility, aerobic, and strength. Balance and flexibility could be yoga, Pilates, stretching, or anything else similar. Aerobics is where we get our heart moving, any class—like spinning or kick boxing, or any machine—like the elliptical, treadmill, or bike, or just walking around in our neighborhood. We don’t have to have a membership to a gym to get moving. Strength is usually involving weights and slow methodical movements.
Set up a plan for working exercise in. If we don’t plan for it, we won’t do it. Other things will fill in our day and then by the time we close our eyes, we will regret that we didn’t exercise. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you are in a gym and you are using weights or equipment, its ok to make sure you are using them correctly. If you don’t use them correctly you could really injure yourself. Don’t feel like you are embarrassed, remember you are there to make changes in your life and to get healthy—and really that’s what the gyms goal is anyway. If you don’t know where to start in the gym, most gyms will have a free session with a trainer to help you get to know the gym and to help you work out a regimen to do while you are there. A trainer is also a great way to help you get moving. Before I got married I lost a ton of weight because I had a trainer. I became close with him and he looked out for me and pushed me to do more and be better. A workout buddy can do the same motivational things a trainer can—so that is always a great option.
This week on our Facebook page you will see some videos about exercise and encouragements to get up and get started. Remember to take one step at a time. You may not be able to go as long as you want to go at first, that’s ok. There is always a beginning, and slow and steady wins the race. Set small goals for yourself, start at 15 minutes and add 5 to 10 minutes every other day. Soon you will be exercising for 30 to 45 minutes without even blinking. But, you have to start. Get up and Get Moving!
Written by: Amy Shaw