Get Your Training Regimen Off to a Good Start

There is an old saying, “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” Quite possibly, the author of this quote was speaking about getting geared up to exercise. Many women know that they must exercise, whether it is for their health or to fit back into their skinny jeans, but getting started is about as much fun as pulling teeth. This is especially the case if you never were much of a workout fiend to begin with. It may seem like an insurmountable obstacle to make your own workout routine and stick with it, but with careful planning and research, you can make it happen. Here are some guidelines to make the process more successful and painless.


Start simply. You cannot simply expect to look like a  rail-thin model within your first week of exercise. You must have realistic goals and you must maintain your health while dieting and exercising. This usually involves sitting down and making both short term and long term goals. If you would like to lose twenty pounds, make that your long term goal. Make losing two pounds a week your short term goal. Also, be flexible enough to not give up if things aren’t going according to your plan.


Be persistent. You might hit a plateau where you seem like you cannot lose a single pound, but this often passes after time. It is important that you continue to workout, even if it seems like you’re just running in place. If you continue to have an issue, you may need to reassess your diet or exercise regimen and make some adjustments, but above all, don’t give up!


Exercise with friends. This is one of the best ways to keep yourself motivated. Having a workout buddy will not only alleviate some of the boredom that comes along with exercise, but also allows you to encourage each other through the tough times. Besides, sometimes you need a friend to give you a kick in the butt when you won’t leave the couch, right?


Choose a routine you know something about. If you were a volleyball player, this might be a sport to re-join. If you have experience in lifting weights, you might want to make that your starting point. It’s easier to stick with what you know, and this is a promising way to get off to a good start. Give yourself as much of a chance as possible to make exercise a positive experience, as this is the secret to success.



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