The secret is in the starting, what I mean by this is most people start their exercise program by doing to much exercise. Start small and build a foundation, I know it’s hard to start small but think about the next day after starting a program of walking and how those muscle are screaming to skip the walk and lay on the couch watching TV.
Try this instead, start by walking 1 mile or less but do it 4-6 times during the week. Now you can build a program by adding a half mile every two weeks. Now the second part of starting, make your goal long term oriented, like for five years. Here’s my goal program, walk 1200 miles per year for five years with a long term of 5000 miles. The best thing about this kind of goal setting is it will focus your viewpoint out in time, not on next week.
Take a look at this article, it has some great tips:
To be successful with an exercise routine, you must make it part of your everyday life. It should become as important to you as going to work, or spending time on leisure activities. Do not let it become an afterthought, or something you will do “if you have time.” Be sure to make the time. Your body will thank you.
Take these steps to help make sure you stick with your exercise program.
Make your daily life more active.
Schedule time for exercise.
Set goals and keep track of your progress.
Make Your Daily Life More Active
One way to maintain your motivation to exercise at a dedicated time is to be more active throughout your day.
How an active lifestyle helps you stick with exercise. Being active is a mind-set. If you think of yourself of an active person, you will move more. If you’ve been inactive for awhile, even small steps, like taking the stairs instead of asking your child to get something upstairs for you can start making you feel lighter, more energized, more able to move, and more confident.
How to add activity to each day. You’ve probably heard or read common tips for doing this, such as getting off the bus a few stops early and walking the rest of the way to work. But are you really making this sort of activity part of your life? If not, take a look at the tips under How Can I Be More Active Each Day? Pick the top three that you think you can easily adopt. Picture yourself doing each of these. Pick a date to start doing them, and track your progress each day. When you’ve made the first three part of your routine, pick out three more to incorporate.
Schedule Time for Exercise
Make exercise a priority.
How a routine helps you stick with exercise. When you make exercise part of your routine, it becomes just something else you do and not a decision you have to make each day. Having a set time also helps some people who tend to mentally punish themselves all day as they brood over whether they will exercise. If you have a set time, you can count on following through on it and free your mind.
How to fit in exercise. Consider your preferences and what will work for you. Are you more likely to exercise early in the morning, during lunch, after work, or in the evening? Schedule a time and place that’s convenient for you. Try exercising at the same time every day. Put it on your calendar so you’ll remember. Treat it just as you would any other appointment, such as a dentist appointment – don’t cancel it.
Set Goals and Keep Track of Your Progress
Having goals is a great way to stay motivated.
How setting goals and tracking help you stick with exercise. Setting goals allows you to see yourself doing your activity and that mental preparation is key to becoming an active person. Continually having new milestones can also keep you moving when you might feel unwilling to be active. Plus, keeping track of your progress concretely shows your accomplishments. Some people get so caught up in pushing themselves that they actually want to quit because they expect so much from themselves. An exercise log keeps you from forgetting how far you’ve come.
How to set goals. Select some short-term and long-term goals. Perhaps your short-term goal in the first week is to walk for 10 minutes three times a week. By your 12th week, your goal might be to walk 35 minutes 5 days a week and to take part in a 5-kilometer fund-raising walk in your community.
Your longer-term goals might be to lose 10 pounds and to reduce your total cholesterol by 20 mg/dL.
There is nothing that makes you want to keep doing what you are doing more than a little positive reinforcement.
How rewards help you stick with your exercise. Changing any habit – including being inactive – is hard. It takes energy to stick with it and mental persistence too. Planning to reward yourself can help you stay motivated. It’s also a way to remember to be kind to yourself and not too hard on yourself – those are the mental attitudes that lead to good health.
How to reward yourself. As you achieve each of your short- and long-term exercise goals, reward yourself. Purchase a book you’ve been wanting or treat yourself to a tape or CD you would enjoy. Don’t think your rewards always have to be items that cost money. You can motivate yourself with some positive self-talk. Phrases such as “I can do this” and “I’m taking control of my actions and making my life healthier” can help keep you focused on your purpose for exercising in the first place. It may also help you feel stronger and more energized just to say to yourself, “I am a winner!” Don’t reward yourself with food, which could derail your efforts to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Now that you have the tools go and take a walk, changing your life and losing that weight forever. I know I have by walking 100 miles a month.
MikeZume_walking step by step to weight loss, fitness and fun.
Please consult your physician before starting any exercise or weight loss program.
Your physician is your very best resource.