Top Ten Tips to Successfully Start (and Continue) a New Exercise Routine


The days might be getting longer, but the cold is not going anywhere as we start 2020. Whether the winter temps or snow, or all of that holiday eating, the start of January can send you into hibernation. But, since it's the start of not only a new year, but a new decade, it's time for a long count down to warmer weather with a brand new exercise routine! 

10. Pick an activity you actually like. In fact, pick your top three. Be creative, anything can count, from dancing in the living room, to ping-pong, a hockey league, or a yoga DVD- they all burn calories!

9. List your barriers in the past - why haven’t you been doing these activities so far?

8. Now throw away your list you made in #9. NO MORE EXCUSES!

7. Find an accountability partner. This can be someone you will be meeting to work out with 1 to 5 days per week, so simply someone who will touch base with your daily or weekly to make sure you followed through on your work-out plan.

6. Figure out what type of work-out person you are, and what your schedule can handle. Are you inspired by being part of a group, or does the thought of a group exercise class give you anxiety? Select the one that best fits both your personality AND your lifestyle. If you can’t routinely make a 5 pm exercise class due to late scheduled meetings, don’t plan for this to serve as the majority of your work-outs.

5. Do the logistics. Joining a fitness center? Go sign up today. Buying a couple of fitness DVD’s? Check them out at the library, Amazon, or take a shopping trip to Walmart or Target today. Joining a league? Sign up and pay for the league TODAY. No more procrastination!

4. Schedule your work-outs. Start with 3 to 5 work-out times per week. Plan for 2 days of rest, preferably days spread out between your work-out days, not two days in a row.

3. Choose your work-outs according to the posture you are in all day. If you sit all day, do a standing work-out like the elliptical, aerobics, or Zumba class, if you stand all day, try a sitting work-out like biking, spinning class, or swimming.

2. Include 2 strength training days per week. This will not only help maintain bone density, but also burn additional calories even when you aren’t working out.

1. Variety is the spice of life. Try one new class or type of work out at least every 4 weeks. You never know what you might like if you don’t try it. Give it a couple of tries before deciding it’s not for you. It could become your favorite thing, or simply be the best cross-training balance to your typical routine.