If you’re feeling like you’re out of shape and are thinking you’re past the point of getting back in shape, you’re not alone.
It’s clear that people typically want to improve themselves but often find it difficult to get started. Again, if you’re reading this and you’re thinking, “Yep, I totally relate to that!”, you are not alone.
Want to know the best news? It’s never too late to get started!
When you begin a new exercise routine, whether it’s walking, swimming, or weightlifting, your body builds muscle and muscle memory. Therefore, it doesn’t matter how long it’s been since you’ve last worked out. Once you start, you begin building a path to the body transformation you desire.
Regardless of your ability level, it’s important to start slow. Why?
Well, any new exercise routine will work your body’s muscles, and as a result, it’s normal to feel some degree of muscle fatigue. But, if you start off doing way more than your body can handle, your muscle fatigue will be more severe and you’ll quickly lose motivation.
Additionally, your age will be a factor in how much you push yourself–especially at the beginning. Someone in their 30s and 40s often handles more intense exercise than someone in their 60s or 70s. Remember, the goal is to start something that you can maintain over a period of time.
Instead, start slow by taking your unique needs into consideration. This way, you can build endurance and slowly get your body used to your new routines.
Find a Routine
The best way to get into the habit of exercising is to create a routine. Pick a specific time of day that best fits your needs to incorporate time to work out.
That being said, remember to start slow. In the beginning, you may not need as much time, but as you build endurance you may want to lengthen the time you’ve allotted for exercise.
Think of it this way: If you had to eat your favorite food every day for every meal for an extended period of time, would it still be your favorite? Likely not. You will want to experience other flavors and smells.
In the same respect, variety in a work out routine is essential to keeping your motivation levels up. And, your body craves variety as well. Work out various muscle groups to offer yourself a well-rounded exercise routine.
Push Yourself…As You’re Able
As you build endurance and muscle, consider ways that you can push yourself. Bear in mind your unique needs, but slowly pushing yourself–lifting more weight or going on longer walks–can help you achieve the body transformation you desire.
If you set your mind to it, go slow and listen to your body, it’s never too late to start a new exercise routine. Doing so will not only strengthen your body but improve your mood and overall health!