We know the struggle that comes with starting a new exercise regime. Finding the motivation is only the start of it, but learning how to workout, finding a comfortable space to do it, and receiving the right support can be just as crucial in achieving your goals.
For those of us who are struggling to fulfill our new fitness goals, we suggest taking small steps to begin, literally. Studies have proven that people with low cardiorespiratory fitness are at greater risk of dying from cardiovascular diseases (CVD) such as heart attacks.
Walking is one of the most popular and equally effective exercise options for those who don’t like exercise. Exercise of moderate intensity is able to improve cardio levels which is great news for people who find high intensity workouts unrealistic in their schedule.
According to Fitbit, people living sedentary lifestyles will see their risk of CVD cut in half once they being a regular active lifestyle. Individuals should aim for 150 minutes of moderate intensity (brisk walk) exercise per week. It’s important to remember that this does not have to be done in one session. Breaking up your time over 5 or 6 days per week can be a great way to add exercise into your day without the hassle.
Here are 3 of our pro tips to help you start your exercise regime;
- Keep comfy walking shoes nearby at all time.
Keep a pair of joggers on your feet, in your car, or in your house for when you decide to complete your steps for the day. This will prevent you from losing motivation when your shoes can’t be found.
- Set a goal
Aim for a certain number of steps to achieve during your workout period per day. Reaching your goal will continue to boost your confidence, giving you the rush of motivation you need to keep going.
- Love yourself
One of the most important parts of your journey is learning to love yourself. Negative attitudes and criticisms will leave you to feel disappointed in yourself, potentially encouraging you to engage in unhealthy behaviours such as overeating.