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How do I start to form an exercise routine?

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Last Updated: 04/13/2021 at 6:31pm
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November 28th, 2017 3:22am
Look online for the exercise routine that you would like to do or ask a trainer if you know one on what are the exercise routines that you can follow. Then put the effort to follow it.
June 15th, 2020 2:25pm
This can feel very hard to do, I've been in your shoes many times. It can feel really hard to think of what to do, where to do it and for how long. Perhaps you could try noting down the exercise moves you'd like to try, noting down how long you'd like to do the move for, starting slow and working yourself up. It could be a good idea to check in with a doctor before exercising too strenuously, as sometimes exercising can cause some harm (e.g. pulling a muscle etc). You could also try researching pre-made exercise routines, or even trying an app/website. There are numerous ways you could start. However, a good way of properly focusing, is to remove any and all distractions and by acknowledging that it won't write itself - we have to put our minds to it to be able to form a routine.
August 11th, 2020 7:38pm
You can start with little steps at a time. Be sure you have plenty of time to do it, set some goals, make it a habit, and stay motivated. Let’s say you want to add running to your routine. 1. Have a designated time for running. If you are running a mile, try to gauge how much time that will take. Make sure that you take all of your other exercises into consideration. If you have one hour to get your exercises done, make sure you think about how much time each exercise will take to complete. If you want to get 10 different exercises done, then spend about 5 minutes doing each. 2. Have a goal in mind. Try to think of a reasonable goal that you can achieve. If you have been struggling to finish a mile in one run, you can make it a goal to finish it. You should set a short-term and long-term goal. For your short term goal, think of what you can’t complete in maybe a week. If you feel like you are halfway through the week and you won’t be able to complete the goal, that’s okay, just try changing it to a goal that is easier to achieve. For your long-term goal, think of what you want to accomplish in the long run. Where in your physical abilities do you want to be? If you are overweight, your goal can be to lose a certain number of pounds or to reach an average weight. You don’t have to aim for perfection, just progress. 3. Make it a habit. This will be the hardest to do at the beginning, but once you start making it a habit, you’ll feel like you can’t go a day without doing your exercises. It may be easiest for you to set alarms to make sure you don’t forget. 4. Stay motivated. It’s easy to lose motivation if you don’t see the instant results you were looking for. Just keep thinking of where you want to be, and keep telling yourself that you’ll reach it. You can write down some affirmations in order to keep yourself motivated. Keep telling yourself that you can do it. Instead of being upset you didn’t lose as much weight as you wanted, use that as motivation to work harder. Good luck in forming your exercise routine!
April 23rd, 2018 2:51am
You can start to form an excerise routine by combining dance moves you know, watching videos online to see how to format it.
August 10th, 2018 8:41pm
Start with a few easy exercises that you feel you'll be able to do for 2-3 times a week. It doesn't have to be much, doing something is still better than doing nothing. If you manage to stick to this easy routine for a few weeks, try adding other exercises or a more challenging version of what you already do. Keep doing that until you're satisfied with your routine :)
March 19th, 2019 12:11am
Two tips from me: Have a big, big "WHY" and by starting small! By 'why' I mean the reason you want to exercise. :) Be as specific as you can about it! Is it to lose weight? To run a marathon? 'Why' do you want to lose weight? To reach a more healthy BMI? It's important that you be specific so that this will serve its purpose! Trust me when I say that it's really, really easy to fall out of your exercise routine the moment your motivation runs dry. What's left when you're out of motivation? Your 'why' acts as your pillar of strength, your reminder as to how important this routine means to you! That, and you can then research around your goals to find out what type of sport or exercise regimes that work best to achieve your goals. :) 2. Starting small. Before you sign up for that gym membership, or before you tell yourself that you're going to wake up at 6 a.m. every day to jog for half an hour in the morning, slow down. Start really, really small. If you're starting off from completely no form of exercise, take it easy. Don't jump from 0% to 200% at once! Try running once a week, and take it from there; or try doing 5 push-ups a day, then build it from there. 3 days later and 5 is too little? Make it 10! 10 becomes easy too, how about 15? Be consistent about it! Only go to the next level when you're sure you're comfortable with the current level of exercise. Transitioning into a habit takes time, and if you overexert yourself by going from 0 to 200 in just a snap of a finger, the routine will be extremely difficult for you to build because you'd be demotivated by how little you're achieving compared to what you expected it to be. If you start hating your exercise regime by the first few weeks, it'll be near impossible to make exercising a habit, because habits take at least 3 months to form! And remember, exercise is supposed to be a lifetime activity, so take it easy! You have all the time in the world to slowly build a routine that works for you. :) Hope this helps!
August 12th, 2019 2:23am
decide on a habit and stick to it to the best of your ability! you can start small; following an online workout three times a week, or going on a run every other morning, whatever works for you! also, something to bear in mind is that you should do something you enjoy. that makes exercise way more enjoyable and way more likely to remain a part of your routine. good luck!
April 13th, 2021 6:31pm
Well first of all congratulations on thinking about it, it's the first step. I am trying to form a routine myself. 1.) Pick a time when you are comfortable and free, evening or early morning are preferred. 2.) Start with something basic, something which you could easily do now without kuch hassle, do that atleast for a week. Here we are trying to establish a habit. So no need to sweat on building endurance just now. 3.) Little by little introduce some difficult excercise, you can find many variants (from low to high difficulties) of same exercise in YouTube. Go as per your comfort. And don't be ashamed in taking your to be comfortable with small exercise. As the guy from Hybrid Calisthenics YouTube channel says, fitness is not a destination, rather it is a journey. Hope this could help, have a good day buddy :) Happy exercising...!