How to get started with exercise

Starting a new exercise regime, taking up running again or for the first time, going to that exercise class your friend has been nagging you to come to? If those questions bring up feelings of dread, guilt, nervousness and the like, then you're not alone. Many find it difficult to commit to and maintain their promises to "get fit" or "be healthier". Where do you start? What's it going to cost? Am I fit enough?

First of all, you don't need to be fit to start exercising! Anyone can do it! And I mean anyone. Second of all you don't need a lot of money. Sure there are fancy gyms, hot yoga at £15 for 30 mins and you can find running shoes at £200 plus, however you don't have to spend all that. Starting points are different for everyone so here are a few ideas to get you started.

Figure out what your goals are:

What do you want to gain from exercising? Want to lose weight? Run a marathon? Lift your children up without that nagging back pain? Then think what do you like to do? Maybe running is your thing so try heading out around your area or a local park and see how it feels. Hate running and exercising alone? Try an exercise class, with so much choice from Pilates to Boxercise, Zumba to Kickboxing. Figuring out what you want will start to point you in the direction of where to start.

Take advantage of free taster sessions:

Most exercise classes will offer your first session for free so you can have a go and see what its like. That was how I got into kickboxing, I knew I wanted to try a martial art and went with a free trial - 3 years later its my favourite way to workout and I'm still with the same instructor. What's the worst that could happen? If you don't like try something else!

Make a commitment:

Sign up for a 6 week block of classes or 1-1 sessions. Don't think about it too much. You can start with something like Pilates or Yoga or a more intensive workout like boxercise. Try a teamsport or take up a martial art. Once you start attending any kind of group session, you make friends, people miss you when you skip a session which may make you think twice about about missing out.

Use free exercise apps

I have used Keep Yoga for free yoga sessions you can do wherever and whenever you like. From 10 to 30 min sessions at beginner through to advanced level improve your flexibility and core strength in the comfort of your own home. Keep Yoga also sends notifications daily so you don't miss a session. Other apps include 30 min workouts, Change 4 Life and 10 Full Body exercises plus many more. Find one you like and stick with it, even when you don't feel like it.

So get started with your new exercise routine today, don't put it off!

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