Since you now have “begun with the end in mind”, and set your goals and you are in touch with why you will be exercising, ( read my blog from last week and the guest blog from last Friday) you now want to get started easily.
Lets say you have not exercised before, or haven’t for quite awhile, the best way to begin easily is to pick an activity that you will actually keep doing consistently.
Such as walking. Here in Minnesota, it’s colder outside this time of year, and you can still bundle up and get out and walk! Make sure you have boots with enough tread, that you will be able to walk safely without slipping. Have a scarf to cover your mouth and nose and something to cover your head and hands as well!
Set the hours of the day you are able to walk each week, writing it all down each Sunday evening, as you are planning your week ahead. I suggest as you are beginning, to keep it doable, 3-4 times in the first few weeks. You can add on more days and increase the time you will walk as you get into the habit of getting out there consistently.
As I suggested last week, let at least one person in your life know what your plan is, and ask them to hold you accountable. Make an agreement with them that you will text them, call them, leave a voicemail, email them after you have completed your walk or whatever exercise you have decided on. Ask them to call you on it if you don’t follow through and check in with them. This is essential! Do not skip this piece of beginning to exercise easily!
If you are someone that chooses to mix it up, and not just walk, you may perhaps join a workout facility, and choose fun classes you want to take. You may want to cross country ski or snow shoe, if the weather conditions are right.
If the money isn’t there to join a facility, you can check out fitness vidoes at the library.
Whatever you choose, make it fun, make your schedule every Sunday evening and call your accountability buddy each week as well with your plan for the week ahead!
Remember to congratulate yourself after every workout! Keep post it notes around your home or write with a dry erase marker on your bathroom mirror uplifting comments or quotes! Make this fun!
Blessings to you!