As the holiday season approaches, exercise is probably the last thing on your mind. However, this time of gathering for friends and family feasting is also almost guaranteed to add a few pounds to your body so starting an exercise program now is great timing. The average American will gain about 5 lbs over the course of the holidays.
Plan ahead. Start slowly if you haven’t been exercising on a regular basis. Pick a day of the week where you have time and where the exercise will help relieve stress. See the exercise as a reward for your body. You deserve it!
Write down what day you will work out and what you will do. Pick something simple like going for a long walk or taking a swim at a local pool. Start your exercise program with an activity that you enjoy, so you don’t try to avoid it.
Timing of exercise is very important. If you can schedule in the morning, so much the better. Placing exercise later in the day has a way of being pushed back as other things get in the way. Before you know it, the day is almost over and you are too tired to work out.
Find a friend to exercise with. Call a neighbor or ask a colleague to be your partner in moving into an exercise program. It is much easier to walk or work out with a friend and no one wants to be the one to cancel an outing.
The night before you start, get a good night’s sleep. Set your alarm so you wake up in plenty of time. Set out the clothes you will wear to work out in. When you wake up, you will be dressed and heading off to the beginning of your new exercise program. Plan with your exercise buddy to get together again and set the date and time before you say “goodbye.” Pat yourself on the back. Good job!