You want to start an exercise plan and lose weight. Where do you start? How and what exercises should you do? To be perfectly honest I don’t have one straight answer for all of you because an exercise plan varies based on your age, fitness level, time you have and more.
So what I’ll be sharing with you today is the foundation for beginners to start a simple and effective exercise plan. This might sound complicated, but once you know the basic and build from there, it is not difficult and it can be really exciting.
How To Start An Exercise Plan
I’m going to try to keep it really simple, so I’m going to break it down into 5 simple steps.
1. Assess Your Situation
Only you know what’s best for yourself. So the questions to ask are:
How much time can you dedicate to exercising? How many days in a week? What time of the day?
If you can dedicate one hour of exercising everyday, that’s great. However, if you can dedicate only 15-30 minutes a day, that is absolutely fine as well.
Working out for a longer period of time, doesn’t necessarily mean quicker or better results. Instead, it is about how consistent and efficient your workout is, in order to achieve the best results.
For instance if you’re a busy, working mother, and you can only spend 10-20 minutes every day, well… start with that! A short workout is better than none. No matter how short your workout is, you will still be burning calories and you will still build lean muscles.
So whatever your time commitment is, work with that, stay consistent and have discipline. Successes do come with hard work, determination and giving yourself no excuses.
Before you start a workout program you need to be physically and mentally ready and willing to make changes in your life. Another common question is:
What is the best time to workout?
Again, this goes back to assessing your situation. There is no such thing as “the best time to workout”. Workout when it is most convenient to you, because then you are more likely to stick to your routine.
So start by assessing your situation and see how you can make small changes in your lifestyle. I am not asking you to take drastic measures or to make huge sacrifices, but to work with the situation, adapt and create a workout time that is most efficient for you.
Now that you know your commitment and you’re ready to make changes, the next step is to figure out what exercises should you do?