Three important things to keep in mind when starting a home exercise program.
I have been working out at home consistently for five consecutive years.
I sometimes take my fitness to the great outdoors for a change (cycling, running, hiking) but mainly I exercise in my living room.
And I love it!
It wasn’t always this enjoyable, though. When I first started out, there were many challenges and quite a few disappointments, many things I had to learn to do and a lot more that I had to stop doing. If you’d like to get an idea about the good and the bad things of working out at home, take a look at this post. And you can read about the do’s and don’ts of home exercise here.
When we start a fitness program – any program – there is one thing we all look forward to:
We may be trying to establish the habit of working out as a part of our new, healthy way of life but… let’s be honest.
Usually, we are driven by the desire for some changes. Lose weight, reduce belly fat, see some definition, we all expect a little “something” to happen. And this is true for any fitness schedule whether it’s done at home or at a gym. But since there’s no one at home to advise us and hold us accountable, we’d better keep these three things in mind and save ourselves some disappointment.
– The C’s.
Choice, Commitment, Consistency, Change.
If you want the first word to lead to the last, you can’t skip the two in the middle. You made a choice to add exercise to your lifestyle, your own way, in your own place, at your own time. You have to commit to this choice and be consistent. It’s the only way your new habit will lead to change. Excuses and making the best use of any opportunity to skip your workouts are not a part of this deal. You have to be honest with yourself.
If you like it, you’ll stick to it. If it feels like a boring chore or an obligation, you’ll soon quit.
You might have heard of certain workouts that work and do miracles on your body. But what if you don’t like them? What if you have to drag yourself even for a 20-minute workout? You’re not going to be able to do that for long. Fun is a very important element of a workout program. You’d rather dance at the beat of your favorite music than do an aerobics workout that you hate. Don’t choose a program that you have to spend half an hour on your couch trying to persuade yourself that you like it! Chances are…you’ll stay on the couch…
– The 80-20 rule.
The most important thing to remember. The mistake that we all make at some point and we regret later.
“I work out every day, so I can eat whatever I want!”
Or, in other words:
“I’m going to lose weight with exercise, why bother to watch what I’m eating?”
Well, if this kind of thought has crossed your mind even once, you have to understand the simple, ugly truth, here and now:
There is no way you can lose weight through exercise if your nutritional habits remain the same ones that led you to be overweight. Don’t make that mistake. It will only cause further disappointment for you. Exercise is an excellent habit that will help you in so many ways but it can only assist your weight loss efforts. It can’t make your bad eating habits disappear. In short…
With these three things in mind, make your first steps towards an exciting and rewarding fitness journey.
Give your body the gift of exercise and enjoy the signs of its gratitude.
Health, endurance, strength.