So, you have decided to start an exercise routine. Yes, you have done this many times before, and failed to stick with it. This time, start by deciding how many times a week you want to commit to working out. Don’t set the goal so high that you will dread trying to reach it each week. Make it doable. It is better to set a small goal and reach it than to not set one at all. It is also important that you commit to something you can achieve. You will feel better about yourself if you reach a smaller, more attainable goal than if you fail, yet again, to reach a higher goal. Some people find it fun to mark the days they plan to exercise and mark them off after they actually exercise. There is something motivational about seeing what you have accomplished. You know the feeling of satisfaction you have when you check an item off of your to do list? The same principle applies here.
You may find it helpful to focus less on the number of pounds you want to lose and more on becoming healthier. For example, instead of worrying about dropping 10 pounds, challenge yourself to lower your blood pressure or cholesterol levels. You’ll find that as this happens, the pounds go down too.
Many people have already found a place to go get help with setting goals and the encouragement they need to meet their goals. Weigh to Wellness can help you too. Their staff is made up of healthcare professionals. You will receive help setting goals designed for you. This is important because if you are doing exercises you hate, it will be harder and harder for you to continue. Just because your best friend dropped 15 pounds walking on a treadmill does not mean that is the only way you can drop 15 pounds. Many people would much rather get their workout via walking in the park or around the neighborhood. You may want to go to a gym and use cardio machines. If weight lifting doesn’t ring your bell, try resistance bands. If the very sight of a gym makes you want to run the other way, remember you can always play racquetball or take up tennis. Do what works for you, not what you think works for someone else. Whatever you decide to do, being consistent is what is going to get you the results you want in the long run.
We encourage you to stick to your exercise plan, but you can always get in extra steps every day by parking as far from the office or store door as you can. While in the office, take the stairs, not the elevator. Walk to your coworker’s office instead of sending an email. Every step counts.
The staff members at Weigh to Wellness are knowledgeable about what you need to eat and the exercise you need to do in order to reach all the goals they help you set. They will help you stay on track and have fun, while encouraging you to stay motivated. Don’t continue in your rut. Check them out today. 205-994-2393