So you’ve read the Ultimate Beginners Guide to Exercise and you’re ready to get started. Here are some really important tips to consider when you’re just starting out with exercise that will help you stay on track.
Research – Check out the MINDBODY app, it’s a great place to start. You can search for fitness classes in your area using your postcode, suburb or city. You can search for pilates, group fitness, yoga, barre, indoor cycling, cross fit, bootcamp, personal training and so much more. Try a variety of classes and forms of exercise. Find a few that you like and leave you feeling great at the end.
Start gradually – There’s no need to rush into exercising 5 times a week. It’s important to know that exercise is a stress on the body. So we want to ease our body into it, let it adjust slowly and gradually. Start with one workout a week and over a 4 week period increase to twice a week. Consult your GP or fitness expert to give you advice about what’s right for you.
Goal Setting – Goal setting is a great way to break down those bigger goals into smaller more achievable goals. Start with really small goals, for example; this week I am going to make some enquires about trying two Pilates class at two different studios. By the end of the week I’d like to have signed up for both and try them out by the end of next week.
Incidental exercise – Incidental exercise is any physical activity that is part of your daily routine. This can include walking around the supermarket, parking further away and walking a little further to your destination, gardening, and household chores such as vacuuming. This is a great way to fit more physical activity into your day. Brainstorm some ways you can include incidental exercise into your day.
Exercise needn’t be a scary or difficult task that is a hassle to fit into your routine. By finding the right exercise that suits you, and slowly beginning to set goals, change your outlook and habits, exercise will gradually become part of your way of life. And remember Leiden will be there to offer tips and suggestions along the way.
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