Working out on a regular basis is amazing for your overall health. But it can also be incredibly intimidating and overwhelming if it’s not already part of your routine and daily habits. 

Here are just a few pieces of advice if you want to get into exercise but aren’t sure where to start. And remember, before starting any new routine, make sure to check in with your health care professionals.  

Find Exercises You Like 

If you find running miserable, you’re never going to want to do it. But if you find exercises, classes, and/or formats that you like, you are more likely to stick with it.  

When you aren’t sure what you like, try a bunch of new things. Go to classes with friends or put on workout videos at home. Try anything that looks fun or interesting! 

Here are just a few types of exercise you might want to try: 

  • Walking 
  • Runing 
  • Dancing 
  • Step aerobics 
  • HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) 
  • Strength training 
  • Balance and stability  
  • Yoga 
  • Pilates  
  • Boxing 
  • Swimming  

And so, so many more.  

No one type of exercise is “right” or “wrong”. If you’re enjoying yourself and getting a good workout in, that’s all that matters. 

Build a Schedule and Stick to It 

Once you’ve found some workouts you want to try, now it’s time to find time to do them.  

Think about your schedule and general energy levels throughout the day and find the best time that works for you and what you prefer. 

Pick a couple of days to start with and build slowly. And actually write those days and times into your schedule, whether physically on paper or on your phone. 

Listen to your body  

Sounds simple, but it’s important. These are the basic rules to follow:   

Drink plenty of water.  

Fill your body with food that fuels you and your workouts. 

Take breaks and rest days when needed. 

And remember to enjoy the process. Everything takes time.  

Have any additional questions? Feel free to leave them in the comments! 

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