Getting started is one of the biggest challenges to working out. You can overcome that challenge by learning the SMALL method for creating realistic workout goals that you can reach and maintain for life! Start SMALL!
How to Start Working Out
Have you ever said this before? I don’t know where to begin!Let’s bust that excuse and learn how to start working out!
Are you lost in all of the weight loss and exercise information out there? Do you wonder if you should walk or lift weights, or both? Do you want to become healthier but need a starting point?
You can start by making the decision to become healthier. Every bite we take, every exercise we perform (or don’t perform) is a decision. We just need to get to the point where we make more healthy decisions, than non-healthy ones.
So, you’ve made the decision to commit to a healthy lifestyle, what now? How do you start working out?
Before beginning an exercise program, check with your doctor. Then start by setting small, attainable goals, i.e. exercise 3 times per week for 20 minutes. If that feels like too big of a commitment, then do it for 10 minutes. You have to decide what your goals are and they need to be attainable and realistic. Don’t be a Sunday Sally and promise yourself you’ll workout every day – starting Monday, if you know you really won’t do it.
Use my SMALL method to help you set realistic goals:
L – Likely
L- Let it Happen
Once you create an exercise habit, you can start to focus on eating. Don’t try to focus on two things at once or you’ll go cross-eyed. Kidding, but you will lose focus. Just create the exercise habit for now. Just move more.
After you create your exercise habit, then you can use the same SMALL method for your eating plan; set realistic goals. How about starting with fruit and veggies? Could you commit to eating 3 vegetables and 2 fruits every day? What about water? Could you decide to drink 8 glasses of water a day?
Let’s focus on adding good habits rather than eliminating “bad” ones.
Sticking to an exercise and/or weight loss program is difficult and requires sacrifice. Make the decision to stick with it and achieve your goals. Remember, this is a lifestyle – not a diet.