Look, if you’re not getting exercise, you’re missing out on a ton of health benefits. There is an endless supply of research supporting that both aerobic and anaerobic exercise can lead to a healthier heart, metabolism, strong bones, muscles, and enhanced immunity.
And that’s just some of the benefits.
But most forms of exercise also require some skill. Running or lifting weights, for example, can be dangerous and lead to injury if not done properly. Lacking the skill can be a major barrier to entry and keep people away from getting adequate levels of activity.
The good thing is that the skills can be acquired. There is an abundance of information and fitness professionals available to help you learn the skills you need for the type of exercise you’re interested in.
Starting and continuing an exercise routine can be a challenge for some people — let’s be real: for most people.
Exercise and activity is all about consistency for long-term benefits. Unfortunately, many of the benefits of exercise subside when it stops, so you want to be sure you find something you enjoy to produce the goals you’d like.
Here are some tips that can help you with consistency and long-term success:
Have a goal: Know what you want to achieve from your exercise regimen and keep that in mind as you progress.
Go at your own pace: One of the cardinal sins of exercise is doing too much too soon. It is very easy to let adrenaline takeover. Unfortunate that can easily lead to burnout, or worse, injury. Instead, develop a stable, consistent routine based on incremental short-term goals.
Enjoy yourself: Take some time try different forms of exercise so you can find what you truly enjoy. Enjoying activity and exercise breeds consistency.
Have a training partner: Joining a fitness club, or exercising, with a friend can help you enjoy it more and boost accountability. On the other hand, if it’s something you like to do alone, go for it!
Vary exercises: Try to change your exercise program every few weeks so your body continues to progress. For example, if you weight train, manipulate weights, reps, and movements. If you like to run, vary speeds, distance, or hills.
Make it a habit: After a few weeks of regularity, it is likely to become a habit. Keep things consistent.