I totally agree with Mary!! As a trainer in a gym, people ask me all the time what the best workouts for beginners are. I tell them "absolutely, positively, without a shadow of a doubt, the best workout for a beginner is one they enjoy doing." Statistically, most people will drop out of a workout program in the first 6 months. Depressing I know. However, if the person is participating in an activity that truly enjoy doing, their success rates are exponentially higher! Your goal in the beginning shouldn't even be about losing weight (as far as exercise is concerned), these should be your goals instead:
-Get moving. Move more than you usually move every single day. Even if it's 10pm and you just realized you didn't move for that day, march in place for 60 seconds. Get your body used to movement.
-Find things that you love. Try everything! Zumba, kickboxing, walking, dancing like an idiot with your kids around the living room. It all counts.
-Pay attention to how good you feel mentally and physically when you exercise.
-Most importantly, learn to accept that you ARE going to have set backs. It is part of the process. The good news is, tomorrow is another day. Heck! This minute is a different minute! Don't wait until tomorrow to start over again. Every good thing you do for your body counts.
So, yeah, your one and only goal in the first 6 months of a workout program is to find a way to stick with it!!
Oh and the suggestion about finding a fit friend is excellent! Don't depend on your sedentary, overweight friend to motivate you to the gym. 85% of people don't work out on a regular basis. So why would you raise your odds of failure by depending on one of them to get YOU to the gym?! Ask a friend who already walks the walk to drag you to the gym with them.
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