What is the Hardest Part of Working Out?
Do you know what the hardest part of working out is? It’s getting started. I swear it. I’ve been on my fitness journey since 2010 (the first few years as a weekend warrior, a.k.a. someone who just works out on weekends!), and that’s been my realization 8 years hence. Getting out the door is the hardest part. When you’re toasty warm between the sheets, getting up and putting on your gym clothes seems like the most inconvenient thing to do. As soon as you manage to get yourself out the door, however, then congratulate yourself because the battle is pretty much won at that point.
When you take that first step to walk out the door to exercise, then the battle is practically won.
How to begin working out regularly
So, if getting started is the hardest part of working out, what is the remedy? I don’t have a one-size-fits-all solution, but I do have a few ideas:
- Fit your exercise routine in your sked. Don’t make it an option. Consider it as something you have to do, like making your bed or taking a shower.
- Think of what’ll happen if you don’t work out: you’ll gain the weight you lost, you’ll have less energy to do the stuff you truly love like playing with your kids or indulging in day hikes, you’ll get sick as hell and will end up having to pay for hospitalization and medication with your hard-earned money… None of these prospects are fun.
- If you end up not being able to work out for several days or weeks because of an unexpected life event, no worries. The beauty of having a tomorrow is that you can choose to get back on track when you’re able to. 🙂
A compilation of beginner-friendly exercises
Committed to working out but don’t know where to start? I have a playlist of beginner-friendly exercises that can help you get started:
Some of the workouts in that playlist are chair routines; that’s because I had a foot injury last year so I needed to be creative about my exercises. Note too that two of the workouts require the use of a pair of dumbbells. For those routines, choose a weight that challenges you but still allows you to maintain proper form. If using a pair of weights prove to be too challenging, you can opt to just follow the movements and not use any dumbbells at all.
Indoor workouts not really your thing? You can also just start by simply taking a leisurely stroll outdoors everyday and work on improving your strength and endurance from there. The journey to a full marathon begins with a single step.
FYI: I need to mention that it’s best if you consult a trusted healthcare professional first before embarking on any fitness program, especially if you have any health concerns.
By the way, I have several ideas for future posts, but they’re all half-baked ideas as of now. They include:
- Vegetarianism versus veganism
- Jane Austen and her love of the outdoors – a possible addition to my Fit and Fascinating Authors series
- How essentials oils can help improve one’s skin texture and appearance
- Matcha love
- The top 5 things to look out for when traveling to the Philippines (Context: The Philippines is beautiful but – like any other country in the world – traveling to this archipelago is not without its risks.)
See you in two weeks!
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