by Mary Ellen Coffey
Overdo it. More is not better when beginning an exercise program, especially if you've been sedentary for a while. Start slowly and let your body adapt, which will help you stay injury free. You're in this for the long haul, slow and steady wins the race.
Keep putting off your workout. I'll do it later, I'll do it later, I'll do it later.....nope, that doesn't work. Before you know it your day is gone. Set a specific time each day and stick with it.
Give up if you miss a day or two. We all know life happens, and it's possible to miss a few days here and there. But, that doesn't mean you stop. Pick up where you left off and get yourself back on track.
Make excuses. We all have many excuses. I'm tired, I'm busy, I don't like exercise, it's boring, I don't like to sweat... and guess what, that's probably all true. But maintaining an exercise routine is more important to your overall health than your excuses.
Telling yourself you can't do it. If you think you can, you can, if you think you can't, you can't. Your body responds to what your mind thinks, so no negative energy. Instead, think how a few simple movements on a consistent basis can make you look and feel better.
It's easy to talk ourselves out of exercise, but once you establish a routine it becomes part of your life, and you'll soon find enjoyment in taking the time needed to take care of yourself.
Useful practical information and a workout or two...