It has been two weeks since the start of a new year and if you havenâ€™t already put on your running shoes, pull out that dusty yoga mat from your store room or made any effort to start moving, hereâ€™s how to get started on your exercise regime to get back in shape.
1. Set a goal and come up with a comprehensive plan
In addition to defining your goals of losing certain amount of weight or getting into a dress of a certain size, come up with concrete plans of how you are going to achieve those goals.
Some examples of those may be:
- Work out thrice a week for one hour each
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator whenever possible
2. Decide what kind of exercise or activities you want to engage in
Choose something that youâ€™ll enjoy and can see yourself participating in for a period of time without getting bored of it. Donâ€™t fancy soaking yourself in a pool of chlorine? Try cycling, jogging, aerobics, dancing, kick-boxing or yoga.
3. Go for trials
Trial classes are most of the time, free, or charge minimal fees. You will never really know if you would like kick-boxing or yoga until youâ€™ve tried it. Even if youâ€™ve decided to stick to yoga, research on the different kinds of yoga -- Hatha, Ashtanga (more commonly referred to as power yoga), Bikram (also known as hot yoga) â€“ and the various schools and courses that appeal to you and are convenient.
4. Make a decision
Decided on a mid-week, after-work kick-boxing class and a weekend yoga course? Good for you! Write it down in your planner and be sure toâ€¦
5. Stick to it!
Starting an exercise regime may be easy but sticking to it? Probably not that simple without a strong determination. Keeping note of what you have done and your progression towards your goal might be a great way to motivate yourself. Staying active and injecting a variety of activities to your regime also helps in keeping you fit and getting you in shape.