How to start exercising and stick to it

Most of us have found ourselves at least one in this situation – we have a few or a lot pounds more than we want, we are not satisfied with our looks, but at the same time we don’t start with exercising and eating healthy, even though we are perfectly aware of the state we are into. Excuses are different and believe me – I’ve both said and heard them all – I don’t have the time, I’m okay with how I look, It’s not me it is genetics etc. The honest truth is – it all depends on us and what are we prepared to do to get to our goal weight, better looks and healthier life in general.

Here are a few tips to help you start with a new fitness routine and stick to it:

  • Stop comparing your current self with who you were (or how you looked) in the past. Everything you did in your life has lead you to this moment right now and there surely is reason why you are not satisfied with how you look. Throw away everything that reminds you of how slim you were once.
  • Plan in advance – so, we have established that you don’t have the time? Bring out your calendar and plan ahead when will you have the time for exercising. Some say that preparation is half of the work, so this should be enough motivation for you.
  • It is important that you take things slowly and not rush into anything. Of course that running 10 miles seems awesome, but you know what is not awesome? Injuries. Your body needs time to adapt to your new lifestyle, so instead of running 10 miles, try alternating between running and walking, where you will be more walking than running.
  • Everything in life is easier when you do it with someone, so is the whole weight loss process. So, why don’t you involve your friends and family to help you out? They should be one of the reasons why you are doing this – because deep down you know they will be proud of what you achieve and they will always be there to support you.
  • Try to set a goal that will keep you motivated, but it will attainable at the same time. Most of the people decide to run a marathon for the first time a few months ahead the race itself, which is simply not enough time to prepare and end up disappointed because they couldn’t. Instead, try to find a half-marathon or even a 5k or 10k race that will be held three to six months ahead and start training today.
  • Diet is the key element of every weight loss journey, so make sure that you invest some time into research about what foods are healthy for you and which are not. If you are not sure where to start, you can always pay a visit to a nutritionist who can educate you and help you get started in the right direction.

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