How I Started My Exercise Program
Oh no! Did someone say EXERCISE?! I think a lot of people would agree with me when I say that exercise was never one of my favorite things to do. Now what was I going to do to exercise to help me lose weight? I had no idea. In my mind there wasn’t much that my body could do at 316 pounds. Where was I going to start? There was one thing that I felt was an option for me. Walk. I started out walking to a local beach. I would walk to the beach, turn around, and walk back to my house. It was just a little over two miles. I tried to do this at least three to four times a week. As I continued to walk, I gradually built upon it. Whether it was how many miles I walked or how long it took me to walk a certain amount of miles. I continued to walk until I could do more.
Once the weight started to drop and I could see and feel the changes in my body, my confidence started to increase and I wanted to do more. I started to add in some jogging. I would tell myself, okay I’m going to jog from this corner to that tree or this pole to that corner. Of course at first I was out of breath, my chest felt like it was on fire, and I thought I wasn’t going to make it. I did make it and once I did I felt like okay, I CAN do this. From that point on every time I would get to that “corner” or that “pole”, I would start to jog. It became a part of my routine. When I felt like it was time to do more I added more jogging until one day I said I’m going to jog the whole way without stopping. It happened! I DID IT! I couldn’t believe it and the feeling was amazing. I had just did something that I don’t think I had ever did up to that point in my life.
Now I’m running up to five and six miles at a time. Who knew that I would fall in love with running. I truly enjoy it and it’s a great stress reliever. I love being outside with just me, my music, and the pavement. Through this process I’ve learned that anything is possible when you put your mind to it. I’ve gone on to joining a kickboxing class that I absolutely adore and have added strength and weight training to my exercise routine.
Here are a few tips to help you start and continue a long lasting exercise routine of your own:
- Start slow and gradually build yourself up. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “slow and steady wins the race”. Well, it is so true. Starting slow and gradually increasing your exercise routine gives your body time to adjust and allows you to see how your body responds to certain things. This is especially important for someone who is starting from doing no exercise or physical activity at all.
- Plan it out. The most common excuse is, not having enough time. So plan it out. Write it down. Make it visible. Fit it into your schedule like you would a doctor’s appointment. Make time for it!
- Have Fun! Find something that you enjoy doing. Exercise doesn’t have to be spending countless hours at a gym. Let’s be honest. I have never worked out at the gym and still managed to lose the weight. If you find something that you take pleasure in doing, you will want to do it and that will make it last a lifetime.
- Know when to take a break. Listen to your body and know when it needs rest. Rest days allow the body time to heal and repair. It also helps to prevent injuries.
- Be kind to yourself. Try not to beat yourself up about your current fitness level. Don’t compare your journey to others’ because it’s you versus yourself. Not anyone else! Look at your starting point as an opportunity for you to grow and become stronger.
- DON’T GIVE UP! It won’t be easy. Some days will be better than others. Just remember everything may not work for you. If something doesn’t work don’t give up, just try again and try something different.
- CELEBRATE YOURSELF AND EVERY STEP, EVERYDAY!
Always remember to consult with your physician(s) before starting a new exercise program.