Everyone has to start somewhere, so if you are an exercise beginner lost as to how you should begin your workouts, then you are in the right place.
Let me remind you that a simple healthy lifestyle requires exercise. Yet four years ago as an exercise beginner, when I first embarked on my journey of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, I had no idea where to start.
To jog or to walk? Were those even enough? Squats? I didn’t even like them and didn’t understand how they worked.
I knew very little about exercising. Though I was determined to exercise, the unknown about exercising was a little off-putting.
But I did it. Four years later, I’m still going strong in my workouts.
So, read these 10 tips every exercise beginner must know. I guarantee they’ll work for you.
- Tip #1: Determine why you want to exercise
This tip is very important if you are an exercise beginner. It might seem like an obvious tip. You might be thinking, ‘duh, everyone wants to exercise for better health.’
But don’t take things lightly. Even if that’s a simple question to answer, you have to consciously and intentionally think about it.
You’ll realize that the ‘why’ will surpass the ‘how.’ Though you are lost as to how to start, the ‘why’ of doing it will be strong enough to compel you to start.
- Tip #2: Clearly define your fitness goals
So you are an exercise beginner and you’ve just determined why you want to exercise. Already that’s tremendous progress.
Now, clearly define your goals. Where do you see yourself in fitness in 2 years, 5 years, 10 years and more?
By clearly defining your fitness goals as an exercise beginner, you are propelled even further on your exercise.
- Tip #3: Find exercises that you love
No one told me this as an exercise beginner. I watched YouTube and blindly copied celebrities’ exercise styles.
It took me a long time to learn that I’d never stick to exercise if I kept doing the exercises I hated.
So I soon discovered exercises that worked for me, and I haven’t looked back since.
- Tip #4: Find a time that works for you
If it’s morning, that’s great. Read my post on here are 5 reasons why morning exercise is better for you.
But don’t think for a second that you are doomed if you feel morning exercise is not for you.
Find a time that works for you. If it’s afternoon, go for it; the same thing with evening.
- Tip #5: Take rest days
As an exercise beginner, you want to appropriate rest days into your routine. Just because you are a beginner doesn’t mean you have to kill yourself for two months, exercising everyday.
No, that will just exhaust you so much you might just quit exercising altogether.
Learn to listen to your body so you know when to take rest days. I recommend my post on how to listen to your body.
I also recommend how to know when to take a break from exercise.
Also check out 5 reasons why rest days are good for you.
Rest days will give your body the chance to repair and restore itself so you can return to your workouts with vigor.
Exercising for too long can be off-putting, especially for an exercise beginner. It can also lead to boredom. Taking rest days just might be the cure for that boredom.
Read my post on 7 simple tips to cure boredom during exercise.
- Tip #6: Learn from others
It’s OK to learn from others if you are an exercise beginner.
Just remember that at the end of the day, you have to tailor other people’s advice to better suit you instead of copying the advice just as it is when it clearly doesn’t work for you.
As you do your walk in the park, or around the neighborhood, you’ll definitely meet people who are trying to achieve similar goals. Don’t be scared to spark up a conversation about exercise, or to ask for their advice.
You can’t bring yourself to start a conversation? Then read my post on 12 easy tips to become a good conversationalist.
- Tip #7: Stay away from the mirror
During my time as an exercise beginner, I’d step in front of the mirror everyday to judge my progress, even a mere few days after starting my workouts.
If my thighs burned, then I figured they looked toned. And I was always disappointed to realize that wasn’t the case every time I stepped in front of the mirror.
Stay away from the mirror. The mirror is not the perfect gauge for your progress.
You might not see the benefits of exercise manifested on the outside, but they are already taking place on the inside, even for an exercise beginner. Take pride in that.
- Tip #8: Judge your progress over the long term rather than the short term
This follows perfectly from Tip #7. Exercise as a key component of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle should be a lifelong journey. You should be firm about that as an exercise beginner.
So instead of judging your progress every month, do it every year. You are in it for the long run, remember? Be patient with yourself.
- Tip #9: Don’t compare yourself to anyone
This is a tip that almost every exercise beginner misses. They want to compare themselves to those people who’ve been exercising for years.
Doing that will just demoralize you. You have to work hard and be patient so you can reach your fitness goals the same way those people did to achieve their own fitness goals.
You’ll want to read my post on how to stop comparing yourself to others.
- Tip #10: Be grateful
Yes. There are many out there who can’t even start exercising. But you’ve made a decision to start. That’s highly commendable.
There’s always plenty to be grateful for even as an exercise beginner. Be grateful that you are alive and that you are taking correct steps to better your life.
Also be grateful for your progress. Gratitude will work wonders in propelling you toward success in your journey of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle.
The final word
I commend you as an exercise beginner for making the decision to make exercise a part of your life. You have to remember to work diligently and patiently to make exercise a habit, just like with everything else in life.
Just take things step by step. Don’t rush into doing anything you are not ready for. Do what works for you and take pride in it. Again, congratulations. You are well on your way to enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle.
Thank you for reading this post. Are you an exercise beginner? What are your own tips? Please share with us by commenting.
Or maybe you’ve been exercising for a while now. Please do share your tips of how you managed as an exercise beginner.