5 Tips on Starting a Workout Routine

August 12, 2013 Eric Soderlund

An object in motion stays in motion and an object at rest, stays at rest. Thanks Newton. This Law applies to working out or more specifically, starting to workout. When we are inactive, getting moving is the tough part. Once we are in motion, it’s easier to keep moving.

Here are some tips to get yourself moving!

Make a plan

It’s not enough to just say “I’m going to start working out”. Take a look at your schedule and at yourself. Decide how many days per week you’re going to workout and when you are going to workout. Be realistic here and don’t over promise to yourself. You can always add workouts and duration as momentum grows.

Get a partner

Having a partner is a great way to start working out and to stay on track. Having a commitment to someone else makes the scheduled workout bigger than yourself. It can also be more enjoyable and motivating.

Plan your workout

When you make your schedule, include what you’re going to do for each workout. If you’re doing a cardiovascular workout, plan the activity and the duration or calorie burn. (BodyMedia make a fantastic product that counts calories, tracks workout time and counts your steps) If you’re doing strength training, decide what muscles you will be working and what exercises you will do. Include how many sets and repetitions also.

Get professional advice

Not everyone needs or can afford to meet with a Personal Trainer every week, but if you’re new to exercise, spending some money initially can make all the difference. A good Personal Trainer will evaluate your current physical level and learn about any medical or physical conditions you have. With this information they can make a plan that will work with your capabilities and goals. They can also show you the correct form for each exercise which can help keep you from getting injured.

Understand your why

This is key to accomplishing anything in life that will take effort and takes us out of our comfort zone. Take a few minutes to write down some goals and then write down:

  • What will it be like when you reach that goal
  • How will it make you feel
  • What parts of your life will be improved
  • Why is this important to you
  • What will happen if you do nothing

Make sure you actually write these goals down. They can help keep you moving on those tough days when you just don’t feel like getting it done.

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