If you are starting a new exercise regime, you might be tempted to jump straight in. But there are some things to consider first. Of course, there are many more things to consider, but here are a few of my “musts” for starting up any exercise plan.
You need to think about how you exercise and how often you exercise. This is important because all kinds of things can go wrong if you take on too much. You could injure yourself, for example. This would put you on the sidelines and hold back your efforts to get fit. Not to mention, the pain and the risk of long term injury. Or you could simply take it too fast and then quit because you get too exhausted. This is why it’s much better to go at a pace that’s best for you and your fitness level. You don’t have to keep up with trainer on the video or the people at the gym. Your body. Your way. Go to www.popsugar.com/fitness/ to find out more about taking it slow.
There’s no sense in starting a new exercise regime if you are not matching it up with a sensible eating plan. You won’t get the most out of your effort to shape up unless you are eating with health in mind. Going to the gym or taking a bike ride is pretty pointless if you’re going to eat a massive pizza when you get home. So, when you plan the exercise regime, make sure you plan your diet as well. If you are trying to build muscle, you will want to maximize protein consumption. There are so many different eating plans out there, so, again, you have to do what is best for you and what works. If you take the time to do your research and design a plan that fits your budget, health needs, and goals, you will more likely be successful.
Before taking on a new exercise regime, make sure that your body can cope with it. Always consult your health care provider before starting any new plan. There may be things you don’t understand about a medical condition or medication you’re taking. Your heart should be thoroughly checked to avoid any surprises. Visit www.AbbottEP.com to find out more. Your doctor will assess your state of health and may even help you devise a plan for your fitness journey.
When you are trying to get fit, it’s very easy to lose your motivation. Find ways to stay motivated by always keeping the ‘big picture” goal in front of you. This could be something like “I want to live longer for my family”. Short term goals like weight loss are good, but they may not provide you with the substance you need to make lifestyle changes that last. Unfortunately, the majority of people who start these new regimes with good intentions quickly give up when things get tough. Keep your plan close at hand as well as a strong support system. Your friends, family, doctor, therapist, coach all want you to succeed at being the best version of yourself. Give yourself the tools and permission to be the healthy woman you’ve always wanted to be.
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