The first step to getting healthy and changing your lifestyle is -- well, just starting. Many of us are understandably intimidated by the idea of changing the way we approach diet and exercise. However, starting a routine may be the best thing you can do to get healthy. Just getting into the routine of regular exercise may have a dramatic, positive effect on your life. It's estimated that about one in three Americans develops Type 2 diabetes in their lifetimes -- and the best thing that we can do to prevent and manage the condition is engage in regular physical activity. Furthermore, being physically fit can have a positive effect on your mental health as well. Many people report that they benefit mentally from the endorphins they accumulate while exercising. There is also a sense of accomplishment people experience when exercising regularly. That doesn't mean that it's easy, even if it's something that you want to do. With that being said, let's look into the best tips we have to offer for those who want to get into an exercise routine.
1. Invest In Good Gym Equipment
Many people find it difficult to make their way to the gym, especially when they're balancing fitness with work, school, and other commitments. Some are also insecure about working out in front of others at first -- which is why building up your home fitness routine is so beneficial! However, if you want to work out at home you'll be better off buying your own gym equipment. You'll probably have much better results if you use gym equipment, such as weights and cardio machines, rather than doing it completely on your own. There are two main types of equipment, cardio and strength. Of course, you'll want to buy this equipment from a reputable source. Visiting a sports store in person is ideal, even if you ultimately end up buying your gym equipment online. Ensuring that the equipment will not only suit your needs but fit your space can be difficult to do if you don't see it firsthand. Keep in mind that, though you may want to shop for a great deal, you should prioritize the quality of your equipment. The last thing you want is to waste your time on equipment that doesn't properly serve your needs and breaks early.
2. Make It Fun!
Listen, not everyone is going to love working out immediately. Make it fun however you must -- for example, it's estimated that listening to music can improve workout performance by 15%! A lot of people also work out in front of the TV, while watching their shows, or use apps like Netflix on their phones to occupy themselves. You can also use audio books to keep themselves entertained while exercising. Ultimately, many find that working out becomes more fun over time, as their bodies get used to the routine. But if you need a little help getting used to it, don't be ashamed! Make working out work for you.
3. Nail Down A Personal Routine
Keep in mind that your personal fitness routine is meant to be personal to you. If an extended workout session doesn't work for your body or your lifestyle, try cutting your exercise down to 10 to 15 minute sessions. This will still help you get fit, and you may be able to work up to longer sessions at a time. For that matter, think about the type of exercise you enjoy, versus the exercise that you're told to enjoy. About 30% of Americans over 15 report than walking is their favorite form of exercise -- but if you'd prefer to lift weights, then focus on that at first! You can incorporate cardio into your routine later. Feel free to try out a number of different routines, before you decide on the one that's right for you. Don't feel like you have to commit to anything too early!