Do you see yourself as happy and in shape?
Perhaps you need to improve. The good news is what you repeatedly do will become a habit if you stick with that plan. If you are a beginner, then don’t worry, now is a great time to kickstart a routine where you need to muster up your willpower and self-discipline to keep going. Specifically when the weather is against you or the fatigue of daily life can sidetrack you. On the other hand, it is possible to get into shape through gradual change, choosing to take innovative steps and entwine new habits around your lifestyle. There is no need to get embarrassed by that inadequate feeling, because we all have ‘fallen off the bandwagon’. So getting back on target again requires heaps of motivation, determination and discipline.
Research outlines the benefits of getting into shape, from improving our bone density to eliminating depression. Particularly in this time of lockdown when all gyms are closed, and resorting to creative home workouts is a necessary incentive. If we intend to boost our physical activity and sustain this repeated course of action, whether it be to lose some pounds or to feel better.
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Decide what you want to do
Being realistic about what you want to do. Like any goal you want to accomplish – fitness goals are no different. You still need to determine your ‘why’, ‘what’ and ‘how’.
- Why do you want to change your lifestyle to one of a more healthier wellbeing? It should benefit your life.
- What ways will you incorporate these changes to reach a more wholesome lifestyle? Maybe you have an important milestone you want to celebrate.
- How can you start doing this today and everyday until you reach your target or deadline?
- There will always be someone else fitter than you. Try not to compare yourself, as a substitue place all your energy and focus on your own fitness regime.
Remind yourself to get it done
Every result you hope to achieve begins with being consistent and setting up a regular schedule of how and when you will complete a task. Like listening to your body and being mindful of your limits, to prevent damage to muscles. That includes keeping yourself hydrated, including healthy snacks before training. And adding more fresh nutrients of raw vegetables and natural sugars found in fruit.
- Pacing yourself is the most important key if you are to succeed with your goal.
- Begin small, then gradually increase your exercise routines.
- More training sessions or outdoor classes or home workouts.
- Be intentional with not overdoing it by choosing sensible and recommended warm up and cooling down techniques.
Incorporate it into your routine until it becomes a habit
One mistake is to do too much too soon, so be patient as you figure a way forward to prioritise consistency. Your goal should be maintain both your motivation and exercise plan while taking into consideration your own body’s health needs.
- Join up with friends who share your goals.
- Exercise or train for a few sessions a week and persevere with that, rather than trying to push yourself too hard and workout every day.
- Like what you do, it’s pointless doing an exercise session that is more hard work than fun.
- Start off slow, realistically and be gentle as you build up momentum and commitment.
Be prepared as you make every step count
Once you start your physical activity, note all the ways you can make every step count. Walking up the stairs, those extra steps from the bottom of the carpark to your office or supermarket. It all counts. Incorporate power walking into your routine. You don’t have to jog or run, but mindful exercise helps keep you inspired and ‘raring to go’ on those days when you have a bad day or feel like you cannot drag yourself out of bed.
- Track your movement, by using an app on your watch.
- The most important part is planning. And that includes where you will schedule time for exercise in your busy timetable daily.
- A fun part is getting gear that you will love like clothes and trainers that boost your motivation to make any activity lots of fun.
- Most of all it begins in your mind, so try ‘go with the flow’ to start off rather than have an ‘all or nothing’ mentally as you adapt to increasing your workout towards a series of daily choices.
What does the Bible tell us about exercise?
- For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8
- Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. 3 John 1:2
- She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. Proverbs 31:17
- So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 1 Corinthians 9:26
Results take time, I know because I have been there. And it is essential to make your healthier eating and activity plan realistic with gradual expectations for yourself (not anyone else). The combination of nutritious, organic and wholesome eating and activity takes time to become an established part of your daily routine. Focus on your ‘why’, ‘what’ and ‘how’. Turn the spotlight on every positive vibe and enjoy what you are doing. Keep a video diary to track the difference in your physique that is evident every week. And know that as you become more disciplined, you can rise to higher levels you want to attain as you move your goals upward.
Share your thoughts…
What are your best exercise at home tips for beginners? What are some of the goals you have maintained to slowly build your fitness levels?