Starting a workout routine? 6 tips to get you started

Starting an exercise routine is often the hardest part of any fitness journey. Well, maybe it’s not that hard actually Stick to the routine, but you get the point.

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So why is starting an exercise routine so difficult for most people? Maybe it’s because you started out on a high – expecting too much of yourself and not being able to stick to a routine when your motivation isn’t as high as the day you started.

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There are many factors that can help you stick to your exercise routine, but for that to happen, you have to start with one first. Here we are going to talk about some things that will help you start your exercise routine.


Tips to help start your workout routine

Sometimes starting an exercise routine is as simple as going for a walk (Image via Pexels/Nathan Cowley)
Sometimes starting an exercise routine is as simple as going for a walk (Image via Pexels/Nathan Cowley)

Here are six tips that can help you jump-start an exercise routine:

1) Make a commitment

Most people hire trainers so they don’t have to push themselves. Only those people who commit and make a conscious choice to improve themselves are able to stick to an exercise routine.

Whether or not you feel ready to make a change depends entirely on you. To achieve your fitness goals, you must be fully committed to the process and ready for the mental and physical challenges that lie ahead.

We suggest that you read as much as possible about the benefits of exercise, why you should do it and maybe some beginner exercise routines, which will give you confidence. Providing your brain with the information it needs to make an informed decision will help you choose the right path when you feel like giving up.


2) Plan your workouts. Set realistic goals

Don't set yourself unrealistic goals, start small to see results (Image via Pexels / The Lazy Artist Gallery)
Don’t set yourself unrealistic goals, start small to see results (Image via Pexels / The Lazy Artist Gallery)

Starting your workout routine should be with small steps, a specific plan that will get you to where you want to be in n weeks.

Want abs? Make a plan to start working your abs with a set of simple exercises each day. You’ll also need cardio and strength training, but planning will allow you to slowly increase the level of your workouts.

Basically, once you decide to make exercise a regular part of your life, it’s important to develop a strategy that includes realistic and measurable goals.

Check out these easy aerobics exercises for beginners.


3) Create a vision board to motivate you

On days when you don’t feel like it, having a goal in mind will be crucial. It’s so common to feel so lethargic 4-5 days after starting your workout routine that even a day’s break could actually put you off the track for another month.

To get into the right state of mind for your workouts, even after a long and stressful day, a vision board can be very helpful. You can get creative with your vision board, including in other aspects of your life. Asking yourself questions to motivate you is key

  • In what ways do you find joy?
  • Ideally, where would you live?
  • In what capacity would you like to work in the most?
  • Why do you commute to work every morning?

Use these questions to display things on your vision board that will motivate and inspire you. Display your vision board where you will see it often. When you’re feeling down, looking at your vision board can help inspire you.


4) Start small

A vision board is very much like a bucket list of inspirations (Image via Pexels/Mikechie Esparagoza)
A vision board is very much like a bucket list of inspirations (Image via Pexels/Mikechie Esparagoza)

Starting a weight loss workout can be very challenging, but only if you allow yourself to think about it. Most of the time, it’s just important to get moving.

Think of the Nike slogan “Just do it!”. When you start a workout routine, start slowly, and gradually increase the intensity of your fitness routine rather than starting with great motivation and stopping after two weeks. The same workouts get boring for the body after a while, so you have to keep challenging them in new ways.

You can also try this easy workout plan: Do ten squats and ten jump-ups today, and 11 the next. If ten seems too much, try shooting for five.


5) Know your “why”

It may be easier for you to start working out in the gym (Photo via Pexels / Ketut Subiyanto)
It may be easier for you to start working out in the gym (Photo via Pexels / Ketut Subiyanto)

Most people think that starting a workout routine is just the beginning – they couldn’t be more wrong. Establishing the motivation behind your decision to start exercising regularly can go a long way when it comes to exercising commitment.

It is important to dig deep and find a reason that is important enough to you to move you forward. Maybe it’s keeping up with the kids, being confident in your physical abilities, or simply making time for self-care.

It is important to customize your exercise routine according to your specific needs and preferences. Remember that everyone develops at their own pace, and focus on what feels good to your body.


6) Make it a habit

To achieve this, sometimes you will have to squeeze your overthinking mind and act mechanically. Once you start this exercise, you will get into it and stick with it to the end – only before the start will you feel like you are not doing it.

If you are not ready to work out, you can choose to start an exercise routine at home and then progress to working out in the gym.

Check out these full body exercises for beginners at home.


Starting an exercise routine isn’t easy, nor is it easy, but it’s important. It is something you need to do to live a healthy life. You deserve to live your life to the fullest, and your loved ones deserve to see you healthy and happy. It may seem like a lot of effort, but it is definitely worth it.

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