Setting Strong Exercise Goals
When you are embarking on a new weight loss program, one of the first things you’ll have to determine is how you are going to start incorporating exercise into your daily routine. The key to a successful weight loss plan is consistency. Multiple studies have shown that engaging in a rigorous exercise routine between 30 and 45 minutes every day is the best answer for long-term weight loss success.
While this isn’t much time out of your day, it can seem like a huge challenge when you haven’t spent much time exercising in the past. Going from no exercise to almost an hour of exercise every single day can be a huge shock, and requires a little bit of creativity and a whole lot of motivation to get comfortable with.
So many people give up on their workout routine before they really give it a fair chance to make a difference in their life. There are a lot of reasons why exercise plans don’t work out, from time crunches to fatigue, but there are just as many reasons as to why your exercise plan can and will work.
The key to starting a strong exercise program is to start with a strong plan. Here are a few tips to help you get started with that:
- Set a time schedule. Don’t just tell yourself that you will work out at some point in the day. Really set a time and a plan as to where, when, and for how long you are going to work out.
- Make a commitment. It can be more helpful to keep up with your workout routine if you have someone relying on you. Make a commitment to a friend or pay to meet with a trainer or take a class. Having a little bit of accountability can go a long way.
- Set regular goals. Having your long-term weight loss goal is great, but set regular workout goals too. Set a goal for how many times you work out in a week, or how fast you are able to walk a mile. These smaller goals are great motivators on your way to reaching your overall goal.
Before you make any major changes to your daily routine, take a moment and consult with your weight loss surgeon to make sure that you are ready for the challenge of a regular workout. There are a lot of different activities out there worth trying, including everything from regular walks or jogs, to cardio classes and dance routines. Find something you love and give it a try. The more often you work out, the more likely you are to keep up with your weight loss routine.