Over the past few months, I have really been working hard at getting back on track with my diet and exercise plan. I have followed structured diet plans before, tried out a cleanse from Advocare, and set some pretty high standards for myself and what I want to achieve. I have always looked up tips for starting a new exercise plan. and have found them really helpful. I wanted to share some of my own and the ones that I have found worked the best..
I am not a professional exercise coach or anything like that. But, I do know what it takes to start (and stop, and restart) an exercise plan after having four babies. I have worked really hard, and am still, over the years to keep my body healthy.
It’s important to remember that not one plan is going to work for everyone. There are diet restrictions, health factors, and time factors that all come into play when trying to start a new exercise plan.
7 Tips for Starting a New Exercise Plan
- Do it for yourself: This is the first and the most important tip I can give. After I had our twins, babies 3 & 4, I was really low on self-confidence. I’m still trying to recover from that. But, in wanting to start working out and doing that for myself, I found so much more motivation then when I struggled in high school. As someone who battled with an eating disorder in my high school years, I know what it’s like to try to “diet” or exercise because of the harsh words of other people.
- Stick with it: The first few days, weeks, maybe even months, may be really tough. It might not be something that you enjoy or like right away. It might even be something that you hate. It can take months to develop and habit and have it be something that becomes automatic. I promise though, that if you stick with it and start seeing and feeling the results, you will love it. It will become a habit and something that you just make a part of your everyday life.
- Find something you enjoy: There are so many different types of exercise plans out there. Some are more intense than others, some take more strength or endurance, and some are more focused on balance and self. I do a combination of High Intensity Interval Training and Yoga/Pilates because those are what I enjoy. I have never been big on running, so I have never been one to choose that as my form of exercise. But, I have found that I enjoy the exercises that I do participate in, and that makes it so much better when working out.
- Get a supporter/partner: When I first started working out, it was tough for me to keep myself accountable at times. I worked out almost solely at home, and with four little ones around now it isn’t always the easiest thing to do. It was really helpful to have someone who I told about my workouts. For me, it was actually multiple people. I would talk about what I did that day, and if I didn’t work out, I always felt guilty for having nothing to report. I have also heard that it is better to workout with a partner, although I have always been one who likes to exercise alone. Some people really benefit from having a partner to exercise side-by-side with.
- Challenge yourself: Nothing worth doing is going to be easy all of the time. It’s important to find something that you enjoy, like I said before, but also to find something that is challenging. You can start off with things that may not seem hard, but could still challenge you in the beginning of your new workout plan. For me, it has been my goal for years to master some really difficult yoga poses because that is a challenge for me. I still haven’t reached that particular goal yet, but I’m up for the challenge completely!
- Make this plan to fit your life: If you are a stay at home mom, you may not always have time to get to the gym everyday. Make sure that you set a plan that you can do at home so that you aren’t setting yourself up with a plan that you won’t be able to commit to. If you’re busy and work long hours, set a plan for yourself that includes shorter, but still effective, workouts.
- Set high goals: Everyone’s goals are going to be different, but it’s important to start an exercise regimen with specific goals that you want to achieve. Some people might say to make small goals that you can achieve easily and a little bit at a time. For me, that doesn’t work. I make these high and somewhat hard to achieve, but not impossible by any means. I have found that to be even more motivating. Personally, I want to enter a physique competition once in my life. That’s a really high goal for me, but it gives me a lot of motivation to want to reach that goal.
What is your favorite form of exercise?
*Cheers to ending body shaming and working out to feel better inside and out*