Spring — a great time to dust off your hiking shoes, running sneakers, yoga mat, or bicycle, and get some outdoor exercise! Some people are born with an innate love for exercising and others appreciate different hobbies, but the truth of the matter is, we should all enjoy staying fit and spring is a great season to get started! Exercise does wonders for your cardiovascular health and we all know how important a healthy heart is.
Starting an exercise program may be a lifestyle change but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. It’s a journey, and a journey that will contribute to becoming an overall healthier person. With warmer weather just around the corner, this is a great time to think about how you can take small steps to build your own exercise program.
How to get started:
Consult a physician
Before you get started, we encourage talking with your doctor. He or she will help you understand the limits and opportunities for your body, and most likely encourage you to go for it and start exercising!
Set a goal
Set yourself up for success- set a realistic, attainable goal. A goal can include a physical indicator of success along with a time frame. For example, I want to consistently jog for 30 minutes and I want to achieve this goal in 10 weeks.
Schedule your workouts
Put all of your workouts on your calendar. This way you will have certain periods of time that are set aside for your exercise. Planning to exercise with a buddy is another great way to make sure you stick to your schedule.
Take your time
Congratulations on setting your goal and working towards it! Work towards your goal at a pace that is right for you. An important part of physical fitness success is consistency. This means completing your workouts on the scheduled day to the best of your ability.
In order for your muscles to grow, they need resting time to recover. Schedule periods of rest into your workout schedule. By properly resting throughout your program, you will notice your body getting stronger as you build your stamina and endurance along the way.
Remember, this is your journey, your fitness goal and you can do it! The Y is here to support you in your journey to Health!