Starting an exercise routine can be intimidating if you’re looking for a healthy lifestyle change. But if you want to get fit and feel great, there’s no better time than now. And with these tips for overcoming common barriers to working out, getting started is easier than ever!
Haven’t exercised in years?
If you haven’t exercised for a while, start with simple goals. You don’t have to run a marathon or lift heavy weights to reap the benefits of exercise. Even walking around the block every day can be beneficial. It will also help you build up your strength and improve your confidence as your fitness increases, and goals are achieved.
If you are new to exercise, start small with something easy for you and take it from there! The important thing is not how much weight or how many miles per week (although this can be helpful), but instead that you stay consistent and show up every day!
Get out of your comfort zone.
If you’re the type of person who’s afraid to step out of his or her comfort zone, then you may be sabotaging your fitness goals. Don’t be afraid to try new things at the gym. You might not know what equipment works best for you, but if you repeatedly do the same exercises in the same room, it’ll not be easy to see any actual results.
Here are some tips on how to get out of your comfort zone:
- Try out new equipment such as weights and resistance machines. There are plenty of ways that these pieces can help improve strength and muscle tone when used correctly.
- Push yourself during workouts by increasing intensity levels each week (for example: go faster on the treadmill). Your body will adapt and become accustomed to this type of exercise more quickly than other workouts where there isn’t much variation between sessions (e.g., running at a constant speed).
Everyone has time to exercise.
You can find time to exercise. We all have 10 minutes a day. It doesn’t take long to do some stretches, push-ups and sit-ups. And you don’t need any equipment either. If you want something more active, then there are plenty of exercises you can do at home or in the office without making a big fuss about it:
- Walk instead of drive (or take public transportation)
- Take a walk during your lunch break
- Walk before dinner (and make sure it’s not too close to bedtime)
- Walk after dinner (and again, not too close to bedtime)
Start with 10 minutes to fit in a workout.
You can start with 10 minutes to fit in a workout. You don’t have to train for hours at the gym or even run miles on the treadmill. According to research at Stanford University, exercising only 10 minutes a day is enough time to get your heart rate up and start sweating—effectively burning calories and building endurance.
“So if you find yourself pressed for time and unable to work out for longer stretches, there’s no need to stress!”
Just put on some music and get moving for 10 minutes, then do something else (like eat or shower) for another 30 minutes before going back out—and repeat until it’s time for bed!
Don’t let your surroundings get in the way of your workout.
Suppose you’re alone; no worries. You can still do your workout, even if it’s in a hotel room or other location where you may not have access to a gym. Don’t let your surroundings get in the way of your fitness goals—there are plenty of ways around it. If you have friends who want to work out with you, that’s great! The more people involved and the more motivated they are, the better chance each has at sticking with their workouts long-term. If someone doesn’t want to participate but would rather be there for moral support or wants to hang around while doing their own thing (like watching TV), then by all means, invite them along! As long as everyone is having fun and being healthy while spending time together outside work/school/home responsibilities, what better way than through physical activity!?
A challenge gives you accountability.
A challenge gives you accountability. If you’re working out with a friend, it’s easier to skip a session than if you’re committed to meeting up with them. Challenges also help keep you motivated and accountable for sticking to your goals by giving you something tangible to work towards, like hitting a certain weight or completing specific exercises in a certain amount of time.
10 minutes is enough to be effective.
Getting there takes more than just a desire to be fit and healthy. Life often gets in the way of fitness goals, and we let ourselves down by not sticking with them. But if you can commit to your fitness routine for at least 10 minutes each day, you’re already ahead of most people who don’t exercise.
The good news is that exercising, even just 10 minutes a day, can help you significantly improve your health and well-being. Many experts believe that as little as 15 minutes per day of moderate-intensity physical activity is enough to significantly improve your health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer (1). If this sounds like something worth striving for—and it should—then consider setting aside just 10 minutes every day for exercise!
You don’t have to spend money to get a great workout.
If money is a barrier to getting a great workout, don’t panic. There are many ways to get in your daily sweat session without spending a cent. And if you’re looking for a way to save money on fitness equipment, consider these ideas:
- Purchase an exercise ball. They’re inexpensive and provide an effective core workout when used correctly—and they can also be used as an office chair replacement!
- Invest in resistance bands. They’re portable and come in different strengths to increase or decrease the difficulty level as needed without spending extra cash on new equipment whenever you want to change things up.
- Use hand weights instead of dumbbells; they’re just as effective at strengthening arms and shoulders but cost less than traditional dumbbells (which means more savings!). Or invest in one pair of adjustable dumbbells—they’ll pay for themselves over time because they allow you to easily adjust weight whenever needed without purchasing additional weights separately.”
You don’t need any fancy equipment to get a great workout in 10 minutes.
You don’t need fancy equipment to get a great workout in 10 minutes. You can do it anywhere—the gym, your living room floor or even your office desk. Here are some movements that require no equipment at all:
- Squats and lunges (use a chair or wall for balance)
- Plank hold and side planks (try holding them on one leg if you feel extra strong!)
When working out, focus on form and quality rather than quantity.
When working out, focus on form and quality rather than quantity. This is one of the biggest mistakes I see people make, especially when starting a new exercise routine. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of your first gym visit or yoga class and then find yourself trying to do too much too soon.
But if you’re not used to working out regularly or have never exercised, you must first listen to your body and take things slowly. When it comes time for strength training exercises (such as lifting weights or doing push-ups), focus on form over speed: try doing fewer repetitions with proper form rather than more repetitions with poor technique. For cardio workouts (like running), aim for steady progression over speed: increase how long you spend exercising each day by negligible amounts until reaching an ideal duration for your current fitness level; don’t try running at a pace faster than what feels comfortable simply because “the person next door” can run faster than that!
You can find 10 minutes daily for a high-intensity, low-impact workout that will make you stronger, healthier and more confident!
The first step to achieving your fitness goals is setting them. What do you want to accomplish? How long will it take? Then, make a plan with real deadlines and stick with it!
You might think: “I don’t have time to exercise!” But what if I told you that a 10-minute workout could change your life? Studies show that even short bursts of intense activity can help us lose weight and build muscle more effectively than longer workouts. We often hear about how important it is to eat healthy foods (and we agree!), but we also need to incorporate exercise into our lives for our bodies to function at their best!
These short workouts are perfect for anyone who needs extra motivation or needs an excuse not to miss out on their favourite TV show or Netflix binge session without feeling guilty about skipping their health routine. It’s easy enough for even beginners too – try one each day until you feel confident enough with each style before moving on to something new, so there’s no risk involved if anything goes wrong 😉
If you’re looking for a way to get fit that doesn’t involve spending hours at the gym or paying for expensive equipment, this is the article for you! All it takes is 10 minutes and some essential equipment. If you know what exercise routine would work best for your lifestyle, you should start implementing those plans. And if not? No worries – we’ve got plenty of options that won’t take more than 10 minutes each day! So go ahead; take on these challenges—and become a more robust version of yourself in no time!