Most people ask me that question and I answer the same way. What do you like to do? Because if you like to do it, you’ll be more likely to stick with it. It could be something that you will do the short-term or long-term, but you shouldn’t look at it as a chore.
Choosing Something You Love Tweet this
If you choose a form of exercise that you love, you will not think of it as a form of torture or something that you are being forced to do. Instead, you can look forward to the event and put even more effort into it.
A great example is if you love to dance. Find out about classes in your area and commit to going each week. It doesn’t really matter what form of dance you choose. The most important factor is that you are getting involved in an activity where you are burning off calories.
If you are going from a completely sedentary lifestyle and you start attending two or three dance sessions per week, you will notice a difference in your health and energy levels in no time at all. The weight will fall off slowly but surely.
Try your best to pick dances that require a little effort on your part. Something that will get your heart beating a little faster is perfect. This means that your body will be actively burning off energy.
If you are a little shy about venturing out in public, you can still get your exercise done through dance. There are plenty of dance and fitness DVDs that you can choose from. You can order a set of DVDs, which are graded at different levels, so they are suitable for absolute beginners as well as people who have danced before.
Set a date on your weekly schedule to put the DVD on and dance along with the instructors. Xbox, Wii and Playstation all have dance videos you can use as well.
These are all great options if you like the idea of dancing but can’t find suitable dance classes in your area. These are also excellent if you do not want to or can not leave home at the moment.
Choose an Exercise You Can Get Used To
Sometimes you have to face the fact that exercise might not be fun but it is good for you. If this is the case for you, then pick something and do it for a short space of time. For example, make up your mind to go for a short walk. Go for just ten minutes. Do this 2 or 3 times in the week. Then increase the time to 15 minute sessions. Over the next few weeks, start to increase the time that you are out until you are walking for at least 40 minutes each time.
What you are trying to do is to create a habit. The more you can get used to doing something, the easier it will be to carry on doing it. To get a better workout, you can add hand weights to your walk or you can increase your speed.
Instead of walking, you could try this with cycling or jogging or going to the gym. If you can get used to a regular routine, you will be able to see the benefits after a while.
Hook up with a friend. When you find something you like invite a friend, this way it becomes an appointment and you are less likely to skip it.
Do you have any other suggestions for how a beginner can get started?