Get a pair of walking shoes (sneakers) & start walking. You don't have to run if you can't. I have a Pilates mat and I do around 30 minutes of mat Pilates. I don't even have to go to Pilates classes! All I need is my tab and the blogilates official app! If you have a tab just go to playstore and search for it!
I'm still waiting for the DVD player to be repaired, then I can do my workout DVDs again too! I normally exercise 2 to 4 times a week!
Way to go ladies! It's amazing how fast 10 minutes here and there adds up.
We don't have to be perfect and we don't have to make huge changes in order to start being successful. If you do enough of the simple things you eventually realize you have made a big change that you can sustain.
I can't seem to make myself exercise. I read the posts here and there are some good ideas. I am just getting started (again) so I thought I would take this week and work on getting my eating in line, journaling it and paying attention to stop myself from mindless eating. Next week I think I will work on exercise. I am feeling overwhelmed so I need to take baby steps. I do know from past history I won't lose if I don't exercise. I think I can make myself do 10 min a few times a week though
Diane You can keep going long after you think you can't.
It is hard to get started, but you need to get moving. Start slow and work your way up to longer periods of time. I hated exercise until I conditioned myself to do it. Now I am finding fun exercise groups that I go to. Find something you like to do, me it's dancing. I started dancing while cleaning. Then moved to short zumba videos now I go to zumba 2x a week and use my treadmill.
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I hate exercising! So I know how you feel, it's really hard to get started.
If you aren't in the habit of exercising then start slowly and set your self up for success.
Do figure out a time that works for you. I will NOT get up at 5am or 6 am to work out and you can't make me - neener :) I work out after work. I am not a morning person.
Find the least objectionable exercise ...maybe it's a treadmill or an exercise video. Whatever works for you.
Set a schedule ...5pm to 5:10 pm M-W-F is a good start.
Gradually increase to 30 minutes a day.
I'm a big fan of bribery. If I work out for 10 minutes then I can ...whatever works as a bribe. I have made it through hour long workouts by bribing myself to do just 10 more minutes then I can do whatever I want!
Entertain yourself: music, TV, audio books ...anything that helps to distract you while you get in the habit.
I'm a big fan of incorporating exercise throughout the day. For example, I downloaded a pedometer program onto my phone. I started off with the goal of 1000 steps a day, now my goal is 10000 steps per day. At work, I park in the farthest lot from my office and walk to the long way around. Then I take the stairs to the third floor. That works out to about 2500 steps each way.
I try to get up and walk around my building every hour or so and I wear a headset and pace the hallway when I'm on a long call and don't need my computer.
I try to get up and walk in place during commercials That can be an additional 2 to 4 minutes or an extra 1000 steps.
Good luck getting into a routine. It helps a lot when it becomes a mindless habit!
put on some music, walk around your house really fast, lift those knees, then stop, do it again later on. You don't need to even dress or comb your hair, just march, even in place, even for just a few minutes. Do this during every tv ad, and times when you normally just sit on your butt.
Plan for tomorrow, but enjoy the heck out of today.
Just pick something and do it! See how far/long you can go and then working on improving slowly from there.
I started with swimming. Many people start with walking.
Personally I find the 10-minute exercise approach annoying (by the time you put on shoes/bra, exercise and shower, you might as well do a full workout) but many people enjoy that approach. There are many free videos available on this site.
You can also start with small goals. If you are new to exercise or haven't in awhile, you can start with 10 minute increments. SP has several 10 minute videos. Maybe this week you can set a goal to do 1 10 minute video 3 times a week. IN a week or two, add a day and/or time. Soon enough, you'll be hitting the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week.
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Maybe you are thinking that you have to do some formal exercise, and do it for an hour or so.
The reality is, for most people starting this journey, just mobilizing more in your day is a good way to start. If you are very overweight and/or have health issues, then you should talk with your Dr first and be guided by him/her as to what is good for you, and what is best left alone.
I get the bulk of my exercise by walking - just putting my groceries and laundry away one at a time. Today I got 17 minutes walk that way. Other days I might get 1/2 hr, depending on my fatigue or skeletal problems. If you have a choice of stairs or a lift, choose the stairs if possible. If you drive a car, park a little further from where you would normally park it.
The best way to start off on this healthy lifestyle journey is to take it in baby steps. This means just change one or two things to start with and allow your mind/body to get used to the changes before adding something else to the mix. It might be reducing soda/juice and increasing water. It might be an extra piece of fruit/vege in your day, and less sweets, cakes or ice cream. it might be finding excuses for getting that little bit more walking in ... even going to the letter box a couple times in a day. In time you will realize that you have made quite a few changes and are well on your way to achieving your goals :-)
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