In our last post, we mentioned that regular exercise is healthy for your mind and your body, but how does one just jump into a new routine of both cardio and muscle-strengthening exercises? When starting anything new, human nature makes us hesitant of the impending change and we tend to cling to our familiar habits. It’s not only life-changing events that spur these emotions, even something as seemingly small as incorporating regular physical fitness into your daily routine can be daunting if gone about the wrong way. Below are 6 tips to help you start, and stick with, a new workout regimen.
1. Ease In
If you aren’t used to working out, go easy at the onset. Besides the physical ramifications of pushing yourself too hard, aiming too high can easily lead to failure. Instead, start slowly and set realistic expectations. As you meet short-term goals, you’ll build the confidence needed to keep going and set the bar higher. Consider starting with the goal of a 30 minute workout session once a week–a goal that you can certainly accomplish. When that feels easy, add another session to the week, and so on.
2. Don’t look too far ahead
One of the biggest obstacles when making a change is the tendency to focus on the reasons it’d be easier to avoid the change rather than the positive long-term outcomes. Breaking down a lifestyle change into daily actions eliminates the overwhelming feeling of changing or disrupting regular habits. Taking a challenge one day a time gives you something smaller to focus on and makes it much more feasible.
3. Schedule your workouts
Just as you wouldn’t miss an important meeting, writing a workout into your calendar will make it a non-negotiable item on your daily agenda. Schedule your workouts in the same calendar that you use for your personal and work appointments so that you make a point of prioritizing it into your day. When you feel yourself becoming more comfortable with the exercise routine, set your workouts as a recurring event so they automatically appear in your calendar on a weekly basis.
4. Add accountability
Having a workout partner keeps you accountable and boosts motivation since someone else is relying on you. Although in this day and age, you don’t necessarily need an actual workout buddy to reap the partner benefits. With social media, you can make a public vow to work out and have a whole slew of online supporters, both friends and strangers, to keep you working towards your goal. You can even join online fitness platforms, such as our own GojiVerse, to keep track of and share your progress with others.
5. Don’t be too hard on yourself
If you sleep through your alarm, miss a scheduled work out, or let down your virtual workout buddies–don’t give up! It’s easy to want to throw in the towel after a few mishaps, but one off day doesn't have to make for an off week. You’re on a journey to better health: it will take time and you will have both triumphs and challenges. The important part is that you keep going.
6. Have fun!
Exercise, especially cardio, does not have to be boring. At Blue Goji, we make fitness fun. Our unique Goji Play controllers work with a variety of free games that are available for iOS and Android. Using Goji Play, your motion on a cardio machine controls different aspects within the games, such as speed, to make your workout an interactive gaming experience. Having fun while working out will make it seem less like a chore, making you more inclined to stay with your routine.
Whatever stage you’re at in your fitness routine, we're here to keep you motivated and encourage you to keep choosing a healthy lifestyle. Subscribe to our blog for more tips on managing health and wellness, and tag us on social media to make us one of your accountability partners! If you feel we’re missing a helpful step in starting a fitness routine, leave us a comment below.