Balancing Your Body and Mind

Getting Started with an Exercise Lifestyle

getting-startedTo those who have messaged asking for tips for getting started with an exercise lifestyle…

First off, a book can be written about this one topic alone.  That said, one big tip for anyone transitioning in the beginning is stay aware that your body will resist forming a new habit. Expect it, then catch it when it happens, and remind yourself to stay focused.

All you want to do in the few first weeks is ANY kind of movements that get your heart rate up.  Walking, running, swimming, light lifting, just make sure it’s not heavy resistance, and make sure you do it for at least 30 minutes everyday (make sure you break a sweat). Exercises don’t have to be intense. These exercises will become easy very quickly as your body and muscles adapt to putting our effort. So don’t worry about specifics, challenge your intensity over time gradually.

Don’t put the cart before the horse. Your main goal is securing a new habit.  Breaking out of a non-exercising lifestyle is just staying “consistent” with moving your body. Once you have daily basic routine/habit in place, then you can get more technical with specific exercises or challenges.

Inch by inch you’ll get there. Expect huge difference in the mirror (btw, throw out your scale unless you are a competing athlete) after about 4 to 5 weeks of staying consistent.

If you start with realistic expectations, you will definitely succeed.

Besides, the only way to get that perfectly sculpted body you see in your physique role-models  is with about 2 years of training and proper nutrition. Remember, those role models live fitness as a lifestyle.  It’s not a 30 day quick fix.

Best of luck to you, and let us know if you have any questions as you go!

Matt & Katya