Wait for it. You’ve decided now is the time to begin a new exercise regime. This time will be different. This time you will stick to your plan of eating healthier and exercising on a consistent basis. In your mind, you’re ready. You’re sick and tired of being sick and tired—mostly tired. Your energy level rivals that of New Jersey traffic that appears to be sitting still, going nowhere.
This hasn’t always been the case. At one time, you were motivated. You read anything you could get your hands on about finding the ‘right’ program based on your gender, body type, food consumption and if that wasn’t enough motivation for you, your favorite outfit from last summer no longer fit the way it once had. In the words of Michael Jackson, “You are not alone”.
If you Google ‘weight loss programs’ in less time than it takes to get dressed (if you’re a runway model) your search yields about 30,100,000 results—that’s 0.89 seconds. The Internet is a plethora of information. Unfortunately, some of that information is based on speculation and happenstance and when not properly researched or supported though experience, it can cause problems for the knowledge seeking reader.
1). Start. Sounds simple enough; however, the first major hurdle to beginning any exercise program is to know yourself. Putting off exercise until you feel better or until your friend can join you will not get you closer to your goal. One of the reasons you feel bad could be that you’ve allowed your sedentary lifestyle to take over. This is not to suggest that you go out and attempt to run a marathon. The goal is to feel better and exercise is one key. The Mayo Clinic opines that adding 30 minutes of brisk walking to your daily routine, can burn 150 more calories a day1.
2). Forgive Yourself. Yes, this may be the hundredth time you’ve started a new exercise program and yes, you’ve fallen off the wagon many times over. That should not stop you from beginning again. Get up dust yourself off, pull out the last pair of sneakers, when you were excited about exercise and ‘get moving’. Keep in mind, it’s not always what you do, but rather that you are doing something. There are many exercises that take into consideration your age, and current fitness level. It’s important to find the ones that are right for you.
3). Remember the overall health benefits. Exercise is not the sole predictor of leading a healthy, disease free lifestyle. Research shows that exercise coupled with a sensible diet greatly decreases risk from experiencing things such as hypertension, elevated cholesterol, diabetes, and a host of other ailments.
It’s also worth mentioning, anything that you do that you do not find at least a smidgen of fun while doing, you will not continue. This time will be different. This time you will stick to your plan of eating healthier and exercising on a consistent basis. You can start today. Forgive yourself, and always remember the overall health benefits of exercise.
1. Zeratksy KA (expert opinion). Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Nov. 20, 2015.