More of my thoughts on and experience with exercise can be found here.
- Some is better than none. While very little exercise might not get you the results you’re looking for, I believe the most import thing is making the time for it. Once we stop including it in our regular schedule, it’s hard to put it back in. That’s fine if it’s minimal, don’t eliminate it. When you’re ready to do more, you’ll already be used to the time commitment. Consistency is key.
- What’s worked before? If you’re getting back into it or in a slump, what has worked for you in the past or what have you enjoyed? If you enjoyed the exercise of the 1980s, see if it still works for you. Leg warmers are optional. That goes for anything else, as well. Running, weightlifting, swimming, etc.
- Trial and error. Some people love exercise, some don’t. If you’re on the don’t side, be open to trying new things. Perhaps you haven’t found what works for you. If you really hate something, try something else. Don’t give up.
- Classes and videos. If you’re busy or lack the motivation to come up with your own workout and follow through with it, see if taking classes at a gym or doing workout videos in your home will work for you. It might be more motivating to have someone else holding you accountable and keeping you from giving up on the workout.
- Resistance vs Cardio. You hear it all of the time when people talk about wanting to lose weight: do cardio. However, resistance helps to build muscle and more muscle means a faster metabolism. Faster metabolism means more calories burned.
- Injuries. I found out a few years ago that degeneration was starting to happen in one of my hips. I was told to stay active and strengthen the areas around it. When I don’t exercise consistently, I can feel my hip become more sensitive and more likely to get hurt. Keeping the muscles strong around it makes a huge difference. Of course with any injury, talk to a medical professional for real advice on what to do. I can only speak for what’s helped me.