1. Set realistic goals. Don’t try to do too much too soon. Start with small goals, such as walking for 30 minutes 3 times a week. As you get stronger and adapt, you can gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts.
2. Find an activity you enjoy. If you don’t like running, don’t force yourself to do it. There are many other ways to get exercise, such as swimming, biking, dancing or playing sports. Find an activity that you enjoy and that fits into your lifestyle.
3. Make it a habit. The best way to stick with an exercise program is to make it a habit. Schedule time for exercise in your day and try to stick to it as much as possible. Even if you can only fit in a short workout, that’s better than nothing.
4. Find a workout buddy. Working out with a friend can help you stay motivated and accountable. You can also help each other push each other harder.
5. Listen to your body. If you’re feeling severe pain, stop and rest. Don’t push yourself too hard.
6. Warm up before you exercise. Warming up helps to prepare your body for activity and reduce your risk of injury. A good warm-up should include some light cardio, such as walking or jogging and some dynamic stretching, such as arm circles and leg swings.
7. Cool down after you exercise. Cooling down helps your body to recover from exercise and reduce muscle soreness. A good cool-down should include some light cardio and static stretching, such as holding each stretch for 30 seconds.
8. Stay hydrated. It’s important to stay hydrated when you exercise. Drink plenty of water before, during and after your workout.
9. Eat a healthy diet. Eating a healthy diet will help you to fuel your workouts and recover more quickly. Make sure to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
10. Get enough sleep. Getting enough sleep is essential for good health, including your ability to exercise. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
Following these tips can help you get started exercising and on your way to a healthier lifestyle.