It’s February 2016. How’s that New Year’s Resolution coming along? The one where you declared, vowed even, that this was the year you were going to start working out. Get in shape. Lose those extra pounds. You know…exercise. I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess it’s been all but forgotten. You’re too busy, you’re too tired, you’re going to start tomorrow. Then what, it’s going to be December before you know it and you’ll push it into 2017, promising yourself that you’re finally going to stick to it this time only to find you’ve once again let it fall by the wayside.
Maybe you did start. You tried it for a few days, a few weeks even, and then, well, it just kind of got away from you. You started that new job, the kids have Little League, there will always be some excuse. I know, I said all the same things to myself, year in year out. Nothing got done. But luckily, it’s not too late. You can pick right up where you left off, and if you never even started, then NOW is the perfect time. It’s still the beginning of the year, you can still get started on keeping that New Year’s Resolution? If you get back on it, just think; your resolution for 2017 can be to take your training to the next level instead of starting from square one. Where you’ve been stuck all this time.
I’m going to help you do this. Follow this list of easy steps to ease yourself into a routine that you can stick to without a struggle. It’s going to take some determination, but you need to want this before you’re ready to start. If you’re not happy with how you look, then it’s time to change it. You are absolutely capable of making this happen. So let’s get on it. NOW.
- Forget the Gym
You don’t need to work out in a gym. Some people are intimidated by them and the idea of having to go one place to get your exercise in makes it too easy to avoid. Pick a different fun activity outdoors. Go hiking one day, then run in the park the next. Shoot some hoops. Then if you want stop by the gym. After that, go bicycling. It doesn’t matter what you do, just go do it.
- Gear Up
Sometimes buying the right workout clothes and equipment is a good motivator, if nothing else, you’ll want to justify spending all that money by not letting it go to waste. Pick up some good looking shorts, pants, a running jacket. Get a good watch. There are a bunch of different choices out there. They have all kinds of great functions including a heart-rate monitor which will come in handy. You’ll also want a good an excellent pair of cross trainer shoes. Something that will let you do all your activities with the right amount of comfort and traction. Invest in some reliable fitness equipment as well, a good elliptical trainer like the http://indoorellipticals.com/body-solid-e1/ is a smart way to get that resolution started. Having a machine in your home will make it tougher for you not to get a workout in. No more excuses about having to get to the gym, the gym is right there under your roof.
- Get a Friend to Come With You
Bring someone along on your activities. Maybe you have a friend who’s already an exercise addict. We all have one, that person who already makes it a part of their every day routine. Go along with them, it’ll be a great way to motivate you. If you don’t have anyone like that, find someone else who had a resolution that they also forgot about and get them up off the couch. Everything is more fun with company.
- Start Slow
Don’t expect to be able to run five miles on your first day. Take it slow. I know you want results immediately but trust me; they will come. Don’t over exert yourself from the very start. It’s the quickest way to discourage yourself or worse, injure yourself. Set practical goals and in no time at all, you’ll be setting higher ones again and again.
I know it doesn’t seem that way, but this can be a lot of fun. The hardest part is getting started. But once you get up and start moving it does get easier. Just be sure to make the commitment to do so. There are days it will get tough, days where putting it off seems so attractive. But don’t do it! Stick to it and you’ll be so happy you did when you start seeing the difference in the mirror.