We’d all like to find the magic wand that turns us (or the ones we love) from couch potatoes into fit and fabulous models — if you find one, let me know — but for now it all comes down to hard work.
When you’re getting started with an exercise routine it can feel completely overwhelming. Maybe you’re getting back into the groove and feeling a little down on yourself for letting your workouts slide a bit. Maybe you haven’t seen the inside of a gym since high school and you’re feeling lost.
However you happen to feel in the beginning, starting out right can help you reach your goals. Here are a few tips straight from the exercise experts in our Cardiac Rehabilitation program!
- Avoid trying to do too much too soon. Make weekly goals you feel confident you can accomplish. For example, walk two times this week for 15-20 minutes. Once you have successfully maintained these goals for the first couple of weeks, then you can set new challenges.
- Choose an exercise you enjoy. If you loathe walking on a treadmill or riding a bike, consider a fun group exercise class that will keep you engaged such as Zumba or Body Pump.
- Ask a professional for help. There are so many guidelines and “expert’s” advice in the media that can be confusing and overwhelming. Although many of these guidelines may support the research for ideal health and wellness, it’s unrealistic to expect yourself to comply to everything all at once. Decide what is important and meaningful for you to accomplish; that way you are more likely to stick with it. Consider working with a certified exercise professional and/or a certified Wellness Coach to help guide and support you in reaching your goals safely and effectively.
Have specific questions about getting started with a new exercise routine? Leave them right here in the comments section and I’ll get the answers! If you’d rather ask your question more privately, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.