How to Start and Stick to An Exercise Routine

 

Whether it’s New Year’s Day or any other time of the year, there’s a never a bad time to start up or resume an exercise routine*. But with the challenges of work, family, and other distractions, many of us find it hard to stick to our good intentions. Here’s a few tips that can help you keep your exercise routine on track:

Don’t be afraid to start small. While “Work out at the Guadalupe Regional Wellness Center for 45 minutes every day” is a wonderful goal to work towards, it may be more realistic to start with two or three 20-minute visits a week before building up to a more strenuous routine. (Talk to one of our personal trainers to develop a customized and manageable workout plan.)

Get the right gear. It’s not necessary to purchase an expensive workout wardrobe in order to start an exercise routine, but it is important that you have a few basics before getting started – like supportive footwear, comfortable and flexible clothing, and protective headgear or reflective attire if you plan to cycle or exercise outdoors.

Select activities that you enjoy. It’s hard to stick with something if you’re only doing it for the sake of checking something off your list, or because you want to lose weight. Sample a few activities – like walking, jogging, cycling, or Zumba – to find out what what satisfies you most. At Guadalupe Regional Wellness Center, we offer many different classes to fit all fitness levels.

Get a buddy. Nothing helps keep you motivated like an accountability partner! Whether it’s a spouse, co-worker, or friend, having a regular “exercise date” with someone will make your workout sessions more enjoyable – and also reduce the chances that you can find excuses to skip.

Find a schedule that works for you. Working out first thing in the morning eliminates the possibility that something can pop up and prevent you from exercising later, and it also gives you a nice energy boost to begin your day. But if morning workouts aren’t for you, don’t try to force them – it will only lead to frustration and setbacks that can get you derailed.

Celebrate success. Track your progress on a calendar or chart. When you reach milestones – like one month of consistent exercise, for example – share your good news with friends and family. Their encouragement will help keep you motivated.

Looking for a place to exercise? Check out  Guadalupe Regional Wellness Center.

*Seek the advice of your physician before beginning any exercise routine.