Before starting a new exercise program, it’s important to keep a few things in mind.
Talk with your doctor – Before starting any kind of new exercise routine, talk with your physician to determine what level and type of activity might be best for you.
Think through your resources – Your location and your budget might make a difference as to whether you invest in new fitness equipment, a gym membership, workout videos or a new pair of running shoes. You can commit to a good workout anywhere, you just have to use the resources available to you at this time.
Create an exercise schedule the works for you – Plan your workout routine just as you would plan any other commitments throughout your week. Determine what will work best for you – mornings or evenings, multiple short workouts or a few longer ones – and make a plan you know you can stick with.
Start slowly – Set multiple small goals that you know you can be proud of as you achieve them. Setting smaller goals along the way to your overall goal is a great way to see the extent of your progress rather than feeling overwhelmed by working toward a larger goal
Before starting an exercise program, there are several things that you should possibly consider. If you have never exercised, it’s been a long time, or you’re over the age of 40, a thorough physical by your primary medical provider is strongly advised to make sure that you are physically ready to participate in regular exercise. Beyond that it’s important to consider why you’re beginning an exercise program, what your eventual goals are, and what possible obstacles, there might be to you continuing your exercise program and how best to overcome these obstacles. If you have clearly defined and manageable goals it makes it more likely you will stick with your exercise program and be motivated to continue to reach manageable goals.
Before starting an exercise program it’s important to understand why you are starting to exercise, how you feel about starting to exercise, what scares you about starting to exercise, where is exercise in your list of priorities, what kind of exercise do you enjoy and how will you continue to exercise when life gets in the way. Write these things done.
One reason people stop exercising is because they aren’t mentally prepared to exercise so it’s important to evaluate what is going on mentally so that you can be clear when you get started. For example, if you realize you are feeling a lot of anxiety about starting an exercise program, recognize that and see if you can get to what’s behind that. What is the anxiety about? When people aren’t able to recognize this and other mental barriers, they aren’t able to deal with it and soon after starting an exercise program they stop. Why? Because of the unresolved anxiety or other mental barriers.
The next step upon awareness/realization would be to come up with some strategies for dealing with the mental barriers so that you are able to move forward. Step by step goal setting can be helpful with that. What do you need to do everyday to move forward?