For me, the hardest part about working out isn’t the weights I lift or the miles I run.
It’s getting started. Or restarted if it’s been a while.
Let’s face it. Fitting in a workout disrupts our daily routines. And until we can view that workout as part of our daily routine, it’s tough to force ourselves to get started.
I’ve found a few things that help me jump start my workout routines and thought I’d share them. One of these may work for you, too.
Six Tips to Help You Jump Start Your Workout
Jump Start 1 – Pick something that looks interesting to you, whether it’s rock-climbing, running, rowing, or Zumba. Whatever strikes your fancy. You’re more likely to give it a go if it’s something that makes you say “That looks cool.” Or, “I’ve always wanted to try that.”
Jump Start 2 – It’s perfectly acceptable to “go big or go home.” But if you’re new to say, running, you may want train for a 5K at first rather than a full marathon (I speak from experience). Train for that marathon if you really want to; just don’t overwhelm yourself out of the gate.
Jump Start 3 – Speaking of overwhelming yourself. You may be interested in some of the popular home workouts that you see on T.V. (and yes, here) like P90x, Insanity, or 30-Day Shred. But then you look at how long each one is and say “uh, no.” Don’t let the “long” workout times derail you. It’s perfectly all right to start out just by doing the warm ups and first 15 or 20 minutes. (Don’t forget to cool down and stretch after.) This goes for any workout program; not just the few I mentioned. You’ll still get a great workout and you can build up to the whole hour. (Again, I speak from experience.)
Jump Start 4 – Bring in a buddy. The more, the merrier, right? Or, if you’re of a more pessimistic mindset, misery loves company. Either way, working out with a friend means you’re more likely to get up and do it. I mean, you’ve got someone counting on you to be there with you and you can’t let him or her down!
Jump Start 5 – You can take that a step further by joining a workout accountability group, either online or live in your neighborhood. I find that challenge (or accountability) groups help keep me on track big time. Who doesn’t like a whole group of people cheering for them when they have a good day? Or encourage them when they have a bad day. And it feels just as wonderful to be the one clapping, cheering and encouraging.
Jump Start 6 – Write about it. You don’t have to share it with anyone. But a written record of where you’ve been, where you are now, and what worked or didn’t work to get you this far is a great resource and motivator. And if you do decide to share it, it’s a great source of inspiration for others!
And don’t be afraid to share your journey and tips here or even on my Facebook page. I’m always looking for new ways to motivate myself and I get so inspired by my readers! It’s all of you, whether you openly comment here or just send me an email, that keep me trying and going.
So thank you. 🙂
If you’re interested in an online group, but aren’t sure where to find one, let me know, I’m happy to help you and talking to me is free!