5 Things to Remember when Starting an Exercise Routine
Stick to your Exercise Plan for Good
Exercising is hard. If it wasn’t, everyone would do it. Recently, the CDC released new data reporting that only 23% of adults in the U.S. are getting enough exercise. Maybe you don’t have enough time, maybe you’re too scared, maybe you just don’t want to do it, but the truth is, everyone needs to stay physically active. The effects of not exercising can be seen through weight gain, bone & joint issues, sleep problems, hormone issues, and the list goes on. However, usually the problem isn’t starting a workout plan or routine, it’s sticking to it. To help you stick to your exercise routine for good, we’re sharing a few tips that might make it easier.
Every BODY is Different
It’s hard not to compare yourself to others, but you must remember that every human body is different. So just because you didn’t lose any weight this week, don’t get discouraged. Some people have a quicker metabolism, some build muscle faster, and others get stronger quicker. Just be patient and stay focused on your goals. You can even ask for help from experts when you are unsure about your workout routine.
Find an exercise routine that works for YOU
Some people love running. They need to be alone for some time and go for miles and miles. Others like to work out in groups and need someone to lead the workout like in Zumba, bootcamp or Crossfit. Find something that you’ll enjoy, even if it is hard at first. Even try a few different types of classes until you find something you can stick to.
Focus on small gains
Don’t make weight loss or muscle gain your only goal. What most individuals don’t realize is that painting the big picture takes a lot of time. Many small pieces must work together. So every week set a new goal. Maybe it’s to do 10 more squats or run 1 more mile. Add small goals to reach your big ones!
Don’t forget about nutrition
A good nutritional plan helps improve exercise performance and body composition. So, when starting an exercise plan, it’s important that you have a diet that goes with it. This means you’ll have to minimize, or even eliminate, sugary and processed foods and you’ll have to increase protein intake. Try adding a meal replacement shake, like Sta-Natural’s TMR, that has protein and carbs to support muscle growth and recovery.
Consistency is Key
Finding the motivation to work out 3 or 4 times a week is hard for a lot of individuals. After a long day at work, the last thing you want to do is work even more at the gym. However, if you can make a plan, and stick to it for at least a month, you’ll see incredible results and then making time for your workouts won’t be such a chore. Pro tip: never go more than 3 days without working out.
Remember, becoming physically fit takes time. Stay committed and you’ll be healthier and stronger in no time. And if you need extra motivation, be sure to follow our Better Health Challenge Instagram and Facebook pages.