A Beginner’s Guide to Starting an Exercise Routine

The Simplest Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Started with Exercising

We all know the countless benefits from exercise. Everything from your lifespan to your happiness to your performance at work have been shown to improve with regular exercise.

Getting started can be overwhelming. There are a trillion articles out there, but today I want to break it down as simply as possible. It really doesn’t have to be complicated.

Step 1: Think of exercise as movement. What kinds of movement activities do you already enjoy? Here are some ideas:

  1. Bicycling
  2. Swimming
  3. Bowling
  4. Dancing
  5. Hiking
  6. Gymnastics
  7. Playing a sport like baseball, softball, or basketball
  8. And more!

Step 2: Make plans to do that thing more often. If you enjoy bicycling, make a plan to go for a ride twice this week. It doesn’t need to be perfectly planned or regimented. In fact, if you enjoy it, you’re much more likely to stick with it.

Step 3: Gradually build up to some sort of movement for half an hour, 5 times per week.

Step 4: Once you get into the habit of daily movement, you can start to find more ways to challenge yourself! Take on a different type of exercise, add in some bodyweight exercises or weight-lifting, try a workout video (YouTube has all kinds), or push yourself to reach a new goal in your activity of choice.

Remember that consistency is the most important aspect of an exercise routine, so whatever you will actually do is what you need to plan on.

Let me know how you got started with exercise or what your favorite movement activity is in the comments section below!


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