A Beginners Guide To Exercise

How To Start Exercising

Did you make any New Year's resolutions? Many people made the resolution to start exercising. This may be easier said than done. Finding time to exercising in your busy day can be difficult, and having the motivation to stick to your routine can seem impossible. Exercise is extremely important, though, and is known to have many benefits. Some of these benefits include improving your energy, mood, sleep, and overall health, and decreasing stress, anxiety, and depression.  

There are some tips to help set you up for success when you begin your exercise journey: 

  •   Set Your Goals. What are you trying to achieve from exercising? Are you trying to lose weight, preparing to run a 5K, or just want to feel better in your everyday life? Whatever it may be, setting goals helps you stay motivated and recognize your progress. 

  •   Make A Plan. Schedule your workout into your day as if it were a meeting. Set time aside to make sure it gets done. Even if you only have 20 minutes, staying consistent will help exercising become a habit in your everyday life. 

  •   Warm Up And Cool Down. What you do before and after your workout is just as important as the workout itself. Warming up can help prevent injury and soreness, and cooling down helps your body return to its normal state. 

  •   Switch It Up. There are so many different types of workouts, such as HIIT, strength training, biking, pilates, long distance running, and so much more! Try all different workouts and see what you like the best. Doing workouts that you enjoy helps you stay motivated. Also, try group exercise classes! Hamel Rec offers a plethora of different classes for free that can help you try out different types of exercise risk free! 

  •   Be Kind To Yourself. No matter how hard you try, life gets in the way sometimes. Beating yourself up will only demotivate yourself further. Instead, focus on all of the progress you have made, and be grateful for the journey you are on. 

Starting a new exercise routine can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming! Start slow, listen to your body, and track your progress to help you stay motivated. Hamel Rec also offers many services, such as group exercise and personal training, that can help get you started! 


McKenna Morgan