It’s fair enough talking about finding exercises you enjoy, but many people don’t know how to start exercising. Or find time to experiment with what they like. Watch our video for some quick tips, and read on for our best advice.
To get started, I recommend one thing above all – walking.
There are numerous physiological and psychological benefits to walking. One of the major upsides of is that you don’t necessarily have to plan it into your schedule. You can increase the distances you walk naturally.
Integrate Exercise Naturally
Even if you live at home, you’ll move around the house. So find ways to move a little further. Perhaps you clean the areas harder to reach. You might choose to eat somewhere other than the couch – which means you’re less likely to sit down for the rest of the evening!
Another basic tip is to park a bit further away from the supermarket. Then get out and walk there. You can also commit to always taking the stairs instead of elevators or escalators.
Whatever fits with your schedule and preference is probably the best thing to do.
Over time, you can gradually increase those walking distances until the point where you feel strong enough to try different forms of exercise. But without question, walking is a brilliant way to get started. It’s low stress, low impact, and almost anyone can do it.
There’s another thing – even if you have previous exercise experience it’s crucial to ease your way back in. And walking is almost always the best way to do that.
Be Kind to Yourself
There is a good saying that goes “Your body will change when you challenge it, not when you punish it”. In this case, knowledge is also power. It doesn’t take much exercise to make a change, even if you haven’t exercised for years.
So be wise and take things slowly. By increasing the intensity of your workout at a gradual rate you can avoid setbacks and nagging injuries. You can’t accomplish much if you’re hurt.
You might be thinking that walking sounds way too simple. But over time you’ll gradually increase the number of calories you burn each day. Your metabolism will increase too, so you’ll be able to eat more maintaining your weight.
For many, this is more convenient than obsessing over calorie co\unting, step counting or tracking time spent in the gym.
Starting small makes motivation easier to maintain. Too many people set unrealistic goals and never achieve what they set out to.
Here’s another quote for you – “There is no failure except in no longer trying”. So make trying more achievable by finding the ‘Goldilocks Zone’ – not too hard, not too easy, just slightly challenging enough to push you, and still attainable.
Keep trying. Your mind only becomes more resilient when you push through barriers, no matter how small. Even if something doesn’t seem to work for you, go ahead and try a new exercise. The possibilities are endless once your mind aligns with your body (and good exercise programs).
As you get more serious, you may need more structure to your walking plan. If this is the case, perhaps start with 30 minutes, 3 times per week. This depends on your physical condition, so increase or decrease as required.
You may want to vary tempo and terrain, but we’ll leave that for another time.
One more thing – find someone to help. There are plenty of walking clubs around. If not, a friend or family member might donate their time. And because walking is low impact, it’s an easier ask than becoming a training partner for a marathon!
The Key Takeaway…
Find opportunities to walk and move more in daily life. You might be surprised at how quickly the benefits come.