by Jess Ingersoll September 19, 2018

A Beginner's Guide to Start Exercising

We can all agree that starting to exercise again is pretty tough, especially if you have never exercised before. Well we wanted to create a simple guide that will make achieving your exercise goals a little bit easier.
Step 1. Write down your exercise goals.
Did you know that people who write down their goals are more likely to achieve them than those who don't? One reason is that you are simply more likely to remember the things that you write down. Also, you can post it somewhere where you will always see it. That way you definitely won't forget about it. Since you are a beginner, start with small exercise goals and make bigger ones as you check off those small ones so you don't get too overwhelmed. There is a really cool app called Goal Meter that helps you track your goals. It even lets you set reminders. We definitely suggest checking it out. You can find it at the Google Play Store here.
Step 2. Create an exercise plan.
An exercise plan is essential, especially if you are a beginner. When you don't have a plan it is incredibly easy to make all kinds excuses for not achieving those exercise goals. The best part is that you can customize it to your exact needs and goals. Your plan should include how many days a week you plan on exercising and what exercise you will do each of those days. It really doesn't have to be complicated, but it does need to be consistent. There are so many fun exercise plans out there. One of our favorite places to find exercise plans is on Pinterest. They have all types of exercise plans that are free and easy to save so you can refer back to them easily. Click here for an exercise plan we found on Pinterest from Flavilicious Fitness. Pinterest also has some really fun work outs. You might find yourself losing motivation by doing the same thing over and over again. Well we would suggest mixing up the exercises when you create your plan. Try yoga one day, and pilates the next. Maybe go out and jog and then come back and do a core workout. The High Intensity workouts are pretty popular because they are fast and you can usually do them from home. Either way, find an exercise plan that works and then commit to it.  
Another personal favorite is the Kayla Itsines Sweat app. She does a new 28 minute workout everyday and it progressively gets more challenging as you become more fit. It's $19.99 per month and she offers the first trial week for free.   You can do home workouts, gym workouts and she even includes Yoga and Post Pregnancy workouts. Click here for the link to the Sweat app.
Step 3. Take it one step at a time.
Beginning to exercise isn't always easy. Often you might find yourself at odds with yourself as soon as you're about to start the workout that day. The excuses are endless. That is why we suggest taking it one step at a time. Try following your exercise plan for a week and actually commit yourself to it. Once you finish that first week, commit yourself again. Just don't quit. It can be easy to lose the motivation when you're just starting. Simply walking for 30 minutes a day is enough and mastering that habit will set you up to be able to do even more later. Just remember it's a marathon, not a sprint.
Step 4. Reward yourself.
Exercise is so important for so many reasons, but sometimes we just need a little something extra to motivate us. We need an incentive, something that we will really look forward to. One idea is every time you meet an exercise goal, you get something new that is fit related, like a cute pair of shorts you have been eyeing or that new yoga mat. That way, not only will you look forward to buying it, but it will also push you later because you will want to use it. Another example is for every half hour that you run, you get an extra half hour to binge-watch your favorite show. The incentive can really be anything you want.
Step 5. Don't be afraid to push yourself.
This is so crucial. Our bodies our more capable than we often give them credit for. The first week or so it is important to take it slow, but as the days go on you need to be able to push yourself. It is only uncomfortable because your body isn't used to it, but that doesn't mean that your body cannot handle it. When you push yourself, you are allowing your body to become stronger. You may find yourself surprised at just how much you can achieve.

Jess Ingersoll
Jess Ingersoll


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