oo you want to start working out, but you are not sure how to start?
Just start moving.
It sounds simple, right? Well, it is. My advice is to just move. Your movement does not have to be a complicated workout, where you need tons of fancy equipment. Don’t wait to find that perfect program, just start moving, while you are still exploring different types of workouts.
Perhaps you have never worked out before, and if that is the case, working out can be intimidating. My advice is to start walking and moving more throughout the day. If you work a desk job, schedule mini walk breaks throughout the day. Other ways to move more are: taking the stairs and parking farther way. Take a walk before work in the morning or when you get home at night. Just start walking.
Next, start to incorporate bodyweight exercises before or after your time walking. Squats, lunges, push-ups, a pulling exercise and a twisting core move are all more than enough to get started. Check out some beginner workouts for inspiration. I am not a trainer, so be sure to check with your doctor before starting a new workout program.
You can set a goal, but what truly makes it a goal is setting a plan on how to achieve it. When looking beyond the walking and body weight movement, maybe you will feel ready to take the next step. Write down your goals and how you plan to achieve them.
Throughout your journey, start to take note what you enjoy and what makes you feel good. Maybe that means checking out different types of exercises or workouts - like crossfit, running, cycling, yoga, etc. Most gyms and studios will have beginner programs to choose from. If you are not into the group fitness class vibe, there are so many workouts you can do at home and outside! It can be difficult not to compare your journey to someone else's, but remember that your journey is about you.
Bonus: I have found that recording my workouts in the My Fitness Pal app really helps keep my accountable. Consider planning out a workout for each day and then writing down what you completed. If it doesn't go as planned, that is OK. Don't get discouraged. just start back up the next day. Stay positive!
I hope these little tips help you if you are considering starting a workout regimen for the first time.