Tips on How to Begin Working Out

As a new year’s resolution, many people decide to begin working out. That’s a great decision to make, but many people also lose motivation very quickly. I love to work out, and I’d love to help you learn to stick to working out and enjoy it!

  • Research. Find information on how to reach your specific goals. There are so many helpful YouTubers and bloggers out there that can teach you about working out. 
  • Plan. Plug in what you learned in your research to make a workout schedule. If you know ahead of time what you are going to do, the actual working out takes less brain power! My mom and I work out together as home, and we have a weekly workout schedule. Additionally, after each workout, we plan the specifics of the next day’s workout so that we can get right to it.
  • Schedule. If it’s possible for you, set a time every day that you will work out and stick to it. Humans are creatures of habit, after all! 
  • Vary. Plan your workouts to be fun and interesting! Include a wide range of training styles, such as HIIT, LIIT, weights, resistance bands, calisthenics, power yoga, and stretching. Another great workout style we have incorporated is intense, 5-min routines focused on one body part.
  • Track. Write down specific accomplishments, such as how many repetitions you did, which weight you were able to use for an exercise, or how long into a workout video you made it, and track your progress. It is very encouraging to see your improvement!
  • Push. Don’t give up during a workout, and don’t give up on working out in general! The results are so worth it, though it can be very hard. Also, don’t overtrain. Start slowly without expecting too much of yourself. And please don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day! 
  • Enjoy. Working out is fun, but it might take some adjusting first to become fun. When I was younger, my parents said I had to exercise for at least 20 minutes a day. I didn’t like it, and only did the bare minimum. Eventually, I came to have fitness goals of my own, which helped me want to work out. Now, I work out for about an hour most days, and I love it! Basically, just find what works for you. That is a trite expression πŸ˜‰, although in the case it is true! 

I’m very grateful that God gave me a healthy body to strengthen and take care of. I hope to be a good steward of all areas of my life! Let me know which tips helped you!

Do you have any workout tips? What kind of workouts do you enjoy?

22 thoughts on “Tips on How to Begin Working Out

  1. Great tips! I personally am starting to run, and my tip is to focus on consistency. Even if you just run or work out for 10 minutes, you’re forming a routine and making fitness a habit. It’s worked for me and helped me stay motivated.

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  2. Great tips!

    I’ve been learning things about yoga I did not know before, it’s not good for Christians. So currently I am working on finding stretches that are not yoga related.

    If you are curious on my findings, there is a video by Melissa Dougherty on YouTube and she and Doreen Virtue interview someone who used to be heavily involved in yoga and reiki . They explain why all yoga is not good and that really challenged me.

    Eventually, I’d like to talk about it on my blog, too, because I thought by only doing the poses but not the other stuff it’s fine. I didn’t know every pose is related to a Hindu god. One point they make, in the video, is people can use a ouija board and not believe in it, and it still has ties to opening spiritual doors that need shut. Yoga is very much like that. It was a pretty powerful statement to hear.

    I never knew this before and want to make sure everything I do reflects Christ, I hope you don’t mind me sharing. 😊

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      1. The woman they interview her name is Jessica and she wrote a book on her testimony. At the top of my head, I can’t remember her book but it had the word “shattering” in it and she has a website that explains why yoga is dangerous for Christians. She was very studious about sharing everything she’s found, which I appreciated.

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      2. Thanks! I looked at it, and I think with the kind of “yoga” I do (fast-moving, strengthening exercise with no meditation, chanting, or breathing exercises), it isn’t even traditional yoga πŸ˜‚
        That was very eye-opening, though!

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      3. That’s awesome if you aren’t doing those poses, that was my concern just making sure to stay away from anything related to its origins or anything masked as yoga.

        Yeah, I learned a lot from her site! Hopefully, I’ll be able to put together a post at some point. Thanks so much for hearing me out!!!

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  3. I’ve started working out so many times and then given up after a maximum of 2 months…

    I really think I do need to work out some, but I have such a hard time with it. Not only would I be doing it by myself, which is hard for me, but it’s hot here all the time, and I despise getting sweaty just for a simple exercise, because that means I have to spend another 10-15 minutes showering in order to move on with life. The other thing I have trouble with is seeing any progress. Like, I can’t touch my toes. Not by like, a long shot. Maybe 8 inches. So for 2 and a halfish months, I did a 5-10 minute strech routine every evening, and I saw no progress. Still was ridiculously far from reaching my toes. So I gave up.

    However, I believe that for the work I am called to do, it would be beneficial to me to be more flexible, and in slightly better shape (I’m not in that bad of shape, as my job requires a decent amount of physical labor).

    I’m curious though, speaking to someone who hated and then loved exercise, what changed in how you started thinking about exercise that caused you to enjoy it? And, how would you track flexibility? (I really don’t care about ‘how many reps I did’ or how long I held a plank. So that won’t motivate me. Believe me.)

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    1. Honestly, I decided that I wanted to look stronger and have more defined muscles. I actually changed much of the way I exercised, going from a lot of Pilates and yoga and some HIIT to more weights, strength training, and HIIT. I just had to decide for myself that my parents weren’t forcing me to exercise, but I wanted to exercise to get stronger and leaner. Now, it’s just part of my way of life. Exercise makes me feel so good that I wouldn’t want to quit!
      As for flexibility, I’m fortunate, because I have stretched pretty much ever since I began dancing at 6 years old. Little kids are naturally flexible, so I never lost my flexibility as I got older. Honestly, it’s hard to help you without being there, but try doing stretches for your entire body after you’ve been in the shower (your muscles will be loose). Breathe deeply and relax into the stretches. If you’d like me to find a video to help you, I can. Push yourself, just don’t hurt yourself!

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      1. Interesting. Gotcha.

        Oh, right! I forgot you did contemporary dance! But, I didn’t know that about stretching after a shower. And a video may be helpful. I found it difficult to find videos I could actually participate in, because most of them were for people who were already decently flexible. X’D

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