Updated: Feb 16, 2021
5 Tips for Starting a New Workout Routine
The most challenging part of starting a new workout routine for many people is taking the first step. It is easy to find excuses as to why you should wait to start your new program; there will always be obstacles that threaten your momentum once you have begun as well, but that is no reason not to get started!
Here are 5 suggestions to consider to fuel your motivation and keep you on track:
1. Focus on progress, not perfection
Workouts will not always go to plan. Do not let a missed workout or a session that did not go as you had hoped to put you off.
2. Choose a routine that fits your schedule
Shift your mindset from thinking that a workout needs to be a long and challenging bootcamp that leaves you panting and dripping in sweat. Choose movement that fits into your day, even if that means a 5-minute strength session or a 15-minute walk.
Focusing on moving your body every day has benefits for your mind and body. By incorporating shorter workouts into your busy days, it provides a routine that is easier for you to follow and maintain.
3. Find workouts that you enjoy doing
There are a huge variety of exercise options and trainers available. Find a type of workout that you enjoy doing. This will make it easier to motivate yourself to participate regularly. Participating in activities that you enjoy will also help to incorporate these into your schedule for the long term.
4. Listen to your body
Our bodies are all different. Tune in to where you are, physically and mentally, to ensure that you ease into new activities or exercise programs. If you push too quickly, you can risk injury or soreness that will make it more difficult to stick to your program.
5. Share your goals
By creating goals and sharing them, it keeps you accountable for your progress. Finding a workout partner or hiring a trainer can keep you motivated through workouts if you prefer having additional support and encouragement to stick to your goals.