Many of my clients in Inglewood, CA, say that they actually enjoy working out and wonder why they put off beginning a program for so long. If you’re in the right program for you, that’s true. Fitness programs that keep you focused as you workout and ones you like get the best results. It’s one reason trainers often switch programs frequently. It never becomes boring that way. You may be procrastinating for a number of reasons. The key to success is to start today, don’t wait. Do something active.
What have you got to lose?
Seriously, get started on something, anything, that gets your body moving. If you aren’t sure what to do, start by taking a walk. Make it brisk and walk for a half hour to 45 minutes if you can. You don’t have to have fancy equipment or even a gym to get into shape. There are body weight workouts you can do that are exceptional. Rather than sitting in front of the television or computer to get rid of the stress of the day, working out hard can burn off those stress hormones fast and make you feel good. If you get home from work feeling wiped out or stressed out, try working out. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel.
Starting workouts on your own can be intimidating.
Some people don’t start because they worry they won’t get it right. If you’re one of those people, you do have a point. Making sure you have the right form for each exercise is important. It can cause injury if you don’t. That’s when you first start with walking more. Make sure you have good posture when you walk and hold your head high. Walk briskly. Use videos to help you with other exercises and don’t try to do them all. Focus on one exercise until you know you have the proper form, then add another.
You may worry that you won’t stick with the program.
One thing is guaranteed. If you don’t start, you won’t have to worry about sticking with the program, since there will be no program to do. However, you’ll never feel or look better, either. The solution for most of the fears and reasons for not starting a workout is to use the services of a personal trainer. A trainer ensures you do each movement properly. He or she also keeps you accountable for coming, since the workout becomes an appointment. Having a workout buddy can also be helpful if you don’t use a trainer.
- Postponing starting for the perfect time means that you’ll never start. Lack of time, money or too much stress aren’t excuses. There’s always a few minutes of each day you can use working out at home and exercise reduces stress, so it’s best at that time.
- If you have a health condition, talk with your health care professional first. In most cases, medical professionals encourage exercise, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Start slowly and work toward a higher goal. If you do too much too soon, you’ll be too sore to do more then next day. Doing something now doesn’t mean doing everything now.
- If you’re inspired, don’t let that inspiration go to waste. Get out of your chair do deep knee bends or any other type of exercise you can do at the moment. You’re better off doing something, no matter how simple it may seem, than waiting until some far off day in the future to get started.