Fitness tips can be the key to proper motivation when starting an exercise program. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the average adult needs at least 30 minutes of exercise, five days a week. Since there are 1440 minutes in each day, 30 minutes should be easy to carve out. Here are some top tips.
The First Step
The hardest part to beginning any exercise or physical activity program is taking the first step.
- Realistic goals. Unrealistic goals will lead to disappointment and thus a lack of motivation.
- Determine what your fitness level is.
- If you have any medical conditions, it is important to see your doctor before starting an exercise program.
- Eat right and stay well hydrated before, during and after an exercise routine.
Your first effort at a regular exercise or work-out program should be fun. Don’t push; don’t even try to work up a sweat. Just have fun with it. Get used to the movements and the routine. This is the time to decide what will work for you and what will not. If you decide to use a ballet warm-up exercise routine for fitness, this is the time to discover if you can hold first position, or you fall over attempting it.
Music Can Make it Interesting
If appropriate, use music to help motivate you. Whether it is in your home with the stereo on full, or your mp3 player plugged into your ears, make it work for you.
- Keep songs upbeat and what you want to hear.
- Have fun with the playlist. Download things that you have been wanting to listen to but never have had the chance.
- Maybe audio-books are more your style. There are several places you can download audio-books to mp3 players. Something inspirational, or light reading tends to work best.
Scheduling and Sticking To It
The importance of a workable schedule is critical. If between the hours of 8:00 P.M. and 11:00 P.M. you thinking sitting on your couch is the most strenuous activity you can manage, try to work in your work-out during that time. You might be surprised how good you feel. Not too close to bed time though, strenuous exercise immediately before bed can affect your sleep.
More than any other time in history we, as a society, are too sedentary. Some of these fitness tips will get you started on the road to a healthier, happier lifestyle.