Every exercise beginner needs these 10 must-know tips

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.

 

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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.

6 useful tips to know yourself better

In your pursuit to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle, it’s important to know yourself better. You have to know yourself like the back of your own hand, as the saying goes.

 

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You might dismiss this and say, ‘duh! who doesn’t know themselves?’ Well, the truth is, a lot of people don’t know themselves. Have you ever gone to a job interview and the first question they asked you was, ‘tell us about yourself?’

I know for one that question always sends me into a panic, even though I knew beforehand they were going to ask me that. Let me tell you, I used to be able to prepare for every potential interview question but that one.

For weeks I’d ponder this impending question and for weeks, I’d fail to come up with an answer that perfectly described me.

I’m sure I’m not alone in this. Many of us would like to think we know ourselves. The truth is, we don’t. It could be out of self-preservation; knowing we might not like what we find out. Or it could be out of ignorance in thinking that a person automatically knows themselves.

Like I said earlier, if you are really serious about enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, you are going to have to set out on purpose to know yourself better.

Here are useful tips to know yourself better.

 

  • Tip #1: Read the word of God

This is the first thing you need to do because the word has the best answers for this question. The word of God clearly defines you in many places that you are a child of God. 

It says our father loves you and you are his original, his most treasured creation. The word of God says you are worthy of God’s ultimate sacrifice: his son Jesus Christ. It says you have all the promises he’s made. It says he has put everything under your power and has not left anything out.

If this doesn’t help you know yourself better, then I’m afraid you are off to a bad start. People and books might lie to you, but the bible is the truest piece of writing in existence. Take God’s word and trust it.

If you are struggling to understand your bible, then read these 6 easy tips to help you understand your bible.

In your quest to know yourself better, remember the significance of prayer. Get your prayer life in order with these 10 easy tips to improve your prayer life.

Remember this is a lifelong journey and you are going to have to do this for as long as you live; immersing yourself in the word to keep reminding yourself of who you are. Use these 6 easy steps to stay connected to your spirituality.

 

  • Tip #2: Spend time alone

I know a lot of people are scared of spending time alone. The thought of being in their own company scares them. That’s where boredom comes from. Boredom stems from your inability to find pleasure in yourself and your reliance on other people or items to provide you with pleasure.

If you know yourself better, you can’t know boredom. Before I knew myself, I’d get bored. I couldn’t stand the thought of spending time with myself. That was just too much.

But I learned to spend time with myself. Alone. And now I’m my own best companion. I’ve forgotten what boredom and loneliness feel like. Please spend time alone and you will learn to love it.

 

  • Tip #3: Don’t be too dependent on those around you

This follows from Tip #2. Don’t be too reliant on the people around you because then you won’t give yourself the time and space needed to know yourself better.

If you are always looking to another person to be with you, then there’s a problem. Always needing someone next to you makes you needy, and that’s not a desirable trait to have.

Let go of those around you and know yourself better in the process. This also relieves them to carry on with their lives and know themselves better too. It also helps you cultivate and nurture your own self-esteem. Check out my 9 effective tips to improve your self-esteem.

Instead of being clingy, cultivate healthy relationships that give you and the other person time to breathe and discover life on your own. Remember that a simple healthy lifestyle requires healthy relationships.

 

  • Tip #4: Try different things

Most of the time you don’t know yourself better because you never try anything different. You are always doing the same things and therefore don’t even know you have interests outside of those you already know of.

This can happen if you have a strict routine that you follow. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with having a routine. But sometimes we get so stuck in our routines that we forget to live outside of what we know.

I know this because I’ve experienced it first hand. I’m one of those people who love a clean, strict routine. And then occasionally when I’m forced to try something new, most of the time out of lack of choice, I end up enjoying it and learning to incorporate it into my routine.

Don’t be so rigid in your life that you do the same things everyday without allowing room for new things. Chances are, those new things are the key that help you know yourself better.

Remember, there’s never harm in trying new things, as long as what you do is safe and doesn’t encroach on anyone else’s rights. Who knows? You might even discover your talent somewhere. Read these 10 important steps to discover and develop your talent.

 

  • Tip #5: Set yourself new goals and work hard to achieve them

You might be wondering why I’m saying this is one of the tips you can use to know yourself better.

What I’ve realized is that we become too complacent in our lives. Doing what we do everyday, setting out to achieve the same goals we set every time, doesn’t make us grow as much as we’d like.

But if you set yourself new goals, you present new challenges to yourself. Working hard to achieve those new goals will let you assess your threshold for a lot of things like passion and patience as far as those goals are concerned.

Maybe you’ve been considering yourself to be a patient person. But now you take on a new goal that tries your patience. And now you realize for the first time in your life that your patience still needs a lot of work.

Setting yourself new goals and working hard to achieve them will definitely help you know yourself better.

 

  • Tip #6: Be honest about what you like and dislike

If you feel forced to say you like something just because you are scared of rejection, then you are destroying whatever chance you have to know yourself better.

Be bold enough to honestly assess your liking of different things. If you like something, that’s OK. If you don’t like it, that’s OK too .

Being clear about what you like and dislike will ensure you maximize your life by focusing on your likes instead of spending time trying to convince yourself and others that you prefer your dislikes.

 

The final word

It’s not hard to know yourself better. And it’s crucial that you do in order to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle. Maybe you’ve been so out of touch with yourself that you’ve completely lost a sense of who you are.

Don’t lose heart. Employ the useful tips above to know yourself better. Don’t rush, remember that you have to exercise patience. With patience and gentility toward yourself, you’ll get where you want to be.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Do you know yourself better? How did you manage that? Or maybe you are trying to do that? Tell us how.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The truth about being your own boss

Being your own boss is very rewarding. Of course the challenge in it stems from the fact that when you are your own boss, you hold the reigns of your life. You hold the key to every dream you have. You have your goals in your hand, and whether or not you get to achieve those goals is completely up to you, and you alone.

 

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Being my own boss has always appealed to me, but it was talk like this that always made me second-guess myself when it came to if I could really do it. And yet surprisingly, the truth is a that a lot of people think working for someone else is harder than being your own boss.

No, that’s not true at all. Working for someone else is easier because you are sure of your pay as long as you follow the rules that have been laid out for you.

If you come into work on time, you do all your tasks before their deadlines are up, you have no problem taking instructions and cooperating with the authority, then you are sure to get paid at the end of the month.

If you get sick sometime during the month and have to stay home, you are still sure to get paid as long as your bosses know your sick leave is legitimate.

All you do when you work for someone else is show up at work, do your job to the best of your ability and get paid. You are sure to get paid whether or not the business makes profit.

 

But being your own boss is different in that in addition to showing up at work, you don’t get paid if the business doesn’t make profit. In fact, you stand to lose a lot if the business fails.

If you get sick sometime during the month and have to stay home, then the business stays sick and home with you, as long as you work alone. That means you are temporarily not making money for as long as you are not working.

Now, this full-time requirement of being your own boss is one of the things that scare some people away from being their own bosses. I know it used to scare me too.

I became my own boss accidentally. When I left my job in 2014, my intention was to go back to school. When that failed I found myself sitting at home with no money. I spent 2 years looking for another job and trying to go back to my previous one to no avail.

I finally managed to start my own business and become my own boss. I am my own boss right now.

Like I said above, being your own boss is not easy. You have to be determined to make things work. You have to exercise the kind of discipline that will get you working tirelessly on your goals, the kind of discipline many people are not patient enough to learn and master.

Here’s the truth about being your own boss that I didn’t get to know until I became my own boss.

 

  • Being your own boss teaches you patience

If you are serious about being your own boss, and you work hard at it, you learn to become patient. That’s because things might not come as quickly as you’d hoped and because you know quitting is not an option, you learn to wait patiently for things to come to pass.

 

  • Being your own boss is rewarding but not glamorous

Just because it’s rewarding doesn’t make it glamorous. Imagine being sick and being afraid to stay away from work because you know if you stay away from work you won’t be able to make money.

Usually at the beginning of your journey of being your own boss, you are working alone. That means you are in charge of everything from finances to marketing.

That’s a lot of work that leaves you wiped out at the end of the day and frustrated at most times before things begin to pick up. And they might take a long time to pick up.

 

  • Being your own boss makes you more aware of the passing time

I never realized how fast the days and the years go by until I became my own boss and decided to make it count.

While everyone else is looking forward to the end of the year so they can enjoy the festive season and get ready for the new year, I literally want to stop the hands of time just so I can have more to do before I take stock of my life at the end of the year.

I feel like I have so much to do and very little time. Now I have a new schedule in which I focus on my relationship with God from 8am to 12noon, then work on my blog from 12noon to 6pm and then work on my ebook from that time until I retire to bed at 09:25pm.

Now all of a sudden it feels like the day has been reduced from 24 hours to maybe 8. Right now its 05:27pm. I’ve been sitting here since 07:45am and yet I feel like I just sat down to work. That’s how quickly time passes when you are your own boss.

 

  • Being your own boss means the rewards can be slow to come

You might be cash strapped for a very long time, and for many people that’s just unbearable. When money comes into the business, you think about paying everyone else first before you pay yourself and sometimes after you finish paying everyone else, there’s nothing left for you to pay yourself.

Now we know you are supposed to pay yourself first if you dream of having any savings or investing. But if there’s not enough money left in your business account after you pay yourself, then you’ll definitely find yourself in trouble with your suppliers and everyone else carrying your business. And that’s not something you want to happen.

 

  • Being your own boss makes you less self-focused

You know you need to put a lot of emphasis on your personal development, your exercise, food and diet, healthy relationships and spirituality if you want to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle.

But being your own boss can take the focus away from these important things. If you find yourself swamped with work and a lot of responsibilities, taking care of yourself can feel like the last priority.

It’s not uncommon to find a self-employed person who’s in poor health. That’s because when you are your own boss and you don’t make a conscious effort to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle, you can get lost in the melee of your work and suffer for it.

 

Being your own boss definitely rearranges your priorities

There was a time when I used to care a lot about my fashion sense. When I was working the 9-5, I made it a point to always look polished. With my salary I bought new clothes, makeup, hair extensions and all that.

If you see me now, you’ll hardly believe I’m the same person. The last time I bought hair extensions was 4 years ago. I go for weeks without putting on makeup and I haven’t bought a new piece of clothing in 4 years with the exception of winter socks I bought in April 2017.

In an effort to save money, I’ve stopped going to the salon and I do my own hair. The hairstyle I have now is pathetic because I’m still learning to do my own hair. But I’m determined to make this work so I’ll keep this shabby appearance until I know my business is on track.

Right now my priority is on the business, keeping it afloat and getting it to return some money to me. That’s what I care about.

 

Being your own boss makes you impervious to people’s judgements

Unless you are a people pleaser and not very sure about being your own boss. Because if you really want to be your own boss, then you don’t care what other people say about you, whether to you or behind your back.

I used to care about people’s opinions of me. I’d get depressed if someone said anything remotely negative about me, to me or to someone else. I’d be more concerned about making people like me than I was about actually being myself.

Now, I couldn’t care less what people think of me. I’m saying that because I love people and I always try to be friendly and helpful to everyone. So whoever doesn’t like me, that’s none of my business.

Being your own boss will make you grow a thick skin when it comes to dealing with people, and pretty much everything else.

 

The final word

Being your own boss is the best thing you can do for yourself. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with working for someone else. After all, the world wouldn’t work if we were all our own bosses.

But if you are thinking of being your own boss and you wonder if it’s worth it, the answer is, YES, it’s totally worth it. Go for it, keep at it, never look back and you’ll reap the rewards of your choice.

Being your own boss is not as hard as you think. Find something you love doing and turn it into a business. We all have talents. What’s yours? Use your talent to benefit those around you and love every minute of doing it. I talk about 10 important steps to discover and develop your talent.

 

If you want to assess the progress you are making in being your own boss, then read this post on 12 signs you are making progress in your life.

 

Thank you for reading this post. I feel like I’m in a better position to have something to say about this topic after having a taste of working for someone else and then being my own boss.

What about you? Are you your own boss? Or maybe you aren’t but you are thinking of being your own boss? Please share your story with us by commenting. Thank you.

 

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