Exercise. Love it or hate it, it’s something that can help us feel better, look better, and live longer. The problem is, exercise can be hard. It can be tough to get started and even harder to remain consistent with it. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible though.
Since January is such a popular month for starting to exercise, I decided that I would share some of the posts I’ve written in the past about this subject. Rather than being how-to-exercise posts (there are thousands of those out there already), these posts focus more on how we can find what works for us to start and maintain an exercise habit.
Several of these talk about exercising with fibromyalgia, but the tips in them can apply to anyone who’s just starting out.
Whatever your starting point, there are some things that almost universally apply:
- Consult your doctor before starting.
- Start small and progress slowly. This is hard – we all want quick results – but it’s more important to establish consistency first. Once you’ve done that, you can add on slowly.
- Make it easier to engage in exercise. Block out time on your schedule, lay out your workout gear the night before, etc.
- Do the types of exercise you actually like to do. This can help you stay consistent because you may actually look forward to working out.
- Don’t depend on motivation; build habits. Our motivation can wax and wane, but habits can make it automatic to do the things that improve our wellness.
Exercise is so important to our overall wellness. It can impact both our physical and emotional wellness for the better but it can be hard to get started and stick with it. I hope these posts will give you some ideas for building your exercise habit and finding what works for you.
Do you have any exercise-related goals for this year? What helps you be successful with building and maintaining the exercise habit? Please share!