Running is a lifestyle

How to Start Exercising

The best thing you can do for yourself this year is to start exercising. But starting a new fitness routine can be challenging, and maintaining it in the long term even more challenging.  How do you get started on your fitness journey, and how do you make sure that you stick with it? You can use the same method you would apply to Forex Trading; use a smart strategy and identify your long-term goals.

Check your health

Before you start your fitness program, we suggest you check in with your Doctor or Health Practitioner first.  Medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and high blood pressure will directly affect the type of activity you can do. Even if you are healthy but have not exercised for a while, it is a good idea to speak to your doctor to help you find the right fitness program for you.

Set your goals

Exercise is good for your heart, improves your immune system and strengthens bone and muscle. Through regular exercise, you can also improve your mental well-being and shed those unwanted pounds. Ask yourself what you want to achieve through exercise, and match the activities to support your goals.  For example, if you want to build muscle, then a weight training program at the gym will be perfect for you, and you will want to include more aerobic and cardio activities if you are looking to lose weight.

The Mental Game

According to a recent article in the New York Times, a few factors keep us from sticking to our fitness plans, such as behavioural patterns and negative associations and how we handle setbacks.  We need to retrain our brains if we want to achieve our long-term goals.

Create a fitness plan

If your goal is to lose weight, then walking, cycling, swimming, or any cardio type exercise will be best for you.  Start with 30 - 45 minutes a day, with at least two rest days a week. Increase the distance and time of your activity as your fitness levels increase. 

Use the same principles for planning any other type of fitness program. The key is to be realistic about your commitment to the plan. For example, do not plan to exercise for an hour if you only have 30 minutes available. Choose an activity close to home or on the way to work; that way, it will easily fit into your daily routine.

Stay motivated

You will probably have days when you just really do not feel like putting on those gym shoes. Setbacks and lazy days will happen, but do not let that deter you from achieving your goals. Forgive yourself and keep moving. You can also increase motivation by joining a team sport, class or exercising with friends, and remember to have fun while doing it.