I have no doubt that you know the truly amazing power of exercise. Making time for exercise promotes better health, it prevents disease and of course it helps you lose weight too!
However, if you’re like many (including me at one time), exercise may be a four-letter word for you. (Hey, watch your mouth!)
I discovered something that eliminated all of these obstacles, and it actually helped me to lose 32 pounds.
What was the secret?
No secret really, I just started small. I’m talking about REALLY small, like ten minutes a day small. (Actually, to be honest I think the first couple of weeks I exercised, I literally committed to only about five minutes a day.)
Here’s Why Starting Small Helps Get You Started
#1 -It Makes Exercise Time Manageable
You know with 100% certainty that you can exercise for five or ten minutes. You can shoot for five minutes each day for a week. The next week you know that you reached your goal and will likely feel comfortable adding a few minutes to your workout time
Each week you can add more time to your workout until you’re working out every day for 20 or 30 minutes. (hopefully, with more to come)
#2 -It Helps You to Create a Habit.
One of the challenges of regular exercise is that you’re adding a new element to your daily routine. Sometimes it feels like there’s just not enough time for it. –You’re busy enough already, right?
But when you start small you can ease into the habit slowly.
Instead of trying to find an hour of time each day, you know you can find five or ten minutes. As you become accustomed to exercising and you gradually increase your time, you’ll find it’s a lot easier to make room for those additional minutes. (see calories burned chart)
#3 -It Makes it Less Painful.
When you jump on the treadmill straight away and try to work out for an hour – it’s probably going to hurt. It’s going to be uncomfortable and you’ll want to quit. (And you probably will) However, when you start small you won’t feel the same degree of discomfort.
-You can ease your body into exercising.
Adding time in small increments for the first few weeks is best because it lets you adjust your schedule (and your body) slowly, thereby making it much more likely that you'll continue for a lifetime.
-Starting small is powerful. You’ll notice the gradual changes in your body, you feel healthier, you’ve lost a little weight and you have more energy.
And best of all you’ll do it at a pace that fits your needs, lifestyle and your fitness goals. *Add music and you may even look forward to it!
-Next Issue - How Much Exercise Do You Really Need?
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