If you are having some trouble starting to workout or following through with an exercise plan, then you are certainly not alone. There are so many of us that find it hard to get out of a rut, especially if it currently is a sedentary one. Even with the best of intentions, it can be hard to start a new routine.
We all know that there are many great reasons to exercise. Exercise can lift our mood, improve our energy, improve our health, and reduce our anxiety levels, not to mention the help that it can be for depression and anxiety. We also have so much access to workouts and information, with things online that we can copy and adapt. However, going to make exercise a habit is something that takes much more. You need to have your head in the right place and start with the right kind of goals in mind.
There can be some practical concerns that hinder you being able to exercise as much as you would like. Having a busy schedule, lack of energy, health issues or an injury can all impact our ability to workout. Looking up a personal injury attorney could help with the compensation from the injury, but it won’t help you to stick to a fitness routine. So what can you do? Whatever your age is or what your fitness level is, even if you are a complete beginner, there are a few steps that you can take to make exercising much less intimidating, less painful, and overall, more fun and enjoyable.
There can definitely be a feeling of ‘all or nothing’ when it comes to working out. However, so many of us can give up completely when we have one bad workout or one day that we can’t squeeze exercise in. In order to exercise, you don’t have to spend a huge amount of time in the gym, or have to force yourself into doing boring workouts that are painful and dull. A little exercise is going to be better than nothing. So if it is just walking on your lunch break that day, then it can still count.
The expectations that you place on yourself can also play a part in how you feel and how well your exercise goes. If you think about it, you didn’t get out of shape or lose your fitness levels overnight. In a similar way, you’re not just going to become your ideal weight or get super fit all in one go. When you expect too much and it doesn’t happen in the timeline that you are giving yourself, then it will lead to frustration. Ultimately, this will mean that you give up. So instead of obsessing over results, think about the other things your workout is helping you with. Are you sleeping better? Is your mood better? Do you feel more energized and less stressed? So shift your expectations and it will help you to stick at your exercise routine, for sure.
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