How To Start And Stick To Your Exercise Plan
A well-known statistic shows that at least 50% of people who begin a workout plan drop out. This seems like a staggering number but is true. If you fall into the 50% drop out rate, it’s time to stop feeling guilty. There are things you can do to get back on the wagon and even for life!
1. Educate Yourself.
Whether through your own Internet research or a trainer/yoga teacher you hire, learn about the myriad health benefits of exercise; the list is extremely long but incredibly motivating. Here are some top exercise benefits you can easily memorize.
- Reduces Heart Disease Risk
- Strong Bones
- Enhances Balance
- Enhances Joint Mobility And Strength While Reducing Chronic Joint Pain
- Develops Lean Muscle Mass Which Looks Great And Helps Prevent Degradation Of The Body As We Age (Bones, Posture)
- Reduces Risk and Symptoms of Metabolic Disorders Including Obesity, Diabetes And High Blood Pressure
- Reduces Stress
- Lowers Cholesterol
- Reduces Risk Of Fractures And Falls
- Enhances Core Strength
- Alleviates Back Pain
- Increases Aerobic Capacity And Endurance
- Speeds Up Metabolism
- Increases Quality Of Sleep
- Enhances Sex
2. Set Goals
It is key to establish what you hope to achieve with your program. Goals will help you measure your success and you will feel great as you reach them. Some ideas for goals you can set include:
- Weight Loss
- Stronger More Defined Muscle Tone
- Greater Core Strength
- Blood Pressure Reduction
- Less Stress
- Less Anger
- Better Cardio Respiratory Functioning
- Reduce Symptoms OF Diabetes
- Recovery From Injury Or Illness
3. Implement Your Plan: Find An Online Program Or Hire A Great Trainer/Yoga Teacher
Take some time to find top-notch exercise programs you can follow or teachers with whom you can work. Word of mouth is a great way to begin. Online research is also very productive. Expert guidance will:
- Help remind you why you are doing what you are doing–a better life!
- Motivate you
- Create creative workouts and yoga practices for you that keep you interested, never bored
- Challenge you progressively so that you can see, feel and reap the rewards
- Monitor your progress
- Keep you going when times get rough
- Help you learn to enjoy your healthy living
- Provide necessary referrals for other experts you might need to help you achieve your goals
4. Make Sure That What You Choose Is Fun And Diverse
Forget about the latest trends. Find a few things YOU love–3 or 4– and stop worrying about what the rest of the world is doing. Cross training is best because varying up your workouts strengthens different muscles and will keep your whole body fresh and toned. If you don’t like spinning try HIIT. If HIIT is too hard, hop on a treadmill. Don’t like high impact? Go to the elliptical. Want more upper body work? Hit the rowing machine. If you prefer holding yoga poses to flow yoga, find an Iyengar teacher or studio. If you prefer strong yoga, then seek it out but make sure you have the foundation for it. Whether you’re an exerciser or yogi, there are endless options to keep workouts fresh. And, you might find that you spend several months doing one or two of your favorite workouts and then suddenly, want to throw in a different one, an old favorite or a new one. This is fine and good. Go with how you feel.
5. Don’t Overwork Yourself
Overwork and overuse are two red flags to watch out for in advance. It’s better to take your time and take a studied approach to achieving your goals at a moderate pace than to go at them with speed. Studies show that people who move into vigorous workouts very quickly tend to quit more easily and more frequently than do those who take their time and workout lightly to moderately.