How to Start a New Exercise Program
When it comes to making an exercise program work for you, consistency is key. You need to choose a workout routine and schedule that you can stick with long-term. You’ll also need to make some tweaks to your current lifestyle to ensure you stay on track with your exercise and supporting healthy eating plan. Changes like these can be overwhelming—especially if you’re a busy mom with a tight schedule as it is. But the results will be worth it. There are so many physical and mental benefits of exercise you will start to see almost right away. So, with the benefits of exercise in mind, here are some ways to integrate a new full body workout into your weekly routine.
Plot out your calendar
Make an appointment with yourself to complete your new exercise routine and workouts at least one week in advance. Booking yourself for a 30-minute whole body workout (as if you had an appointment you could not cancel) will help you make this new routine a habit fast. That’s why Curves is perfect for busy women – our full body workouts are just 30 minutes and exercise all your major muscle groups. Find a Curves near your home or work to make workouts convenient for you. So busy you can’t make it to the gym when you need to? MyCurves On Demand offers total body workouts 24/7—anywhere, anytime streamed from your preferred device.
Get the right gear
When you start a new exercise program, it’s important to make sure you’re not setting yourself up for injuries and pain. Even simple things like wearing the wrong type of workout shoes or choosing clothes that are too restrictive can make it hard to get through your workout and may prevent you from enjoying the benefits of your new exercise routine. To protect yourself, take the time to purchase the right types of shoes, workout apparel and any accessories you need to do your full body workout routine with good support and form.
Set realistic goals
Be realistic about how much weight you want to lose, what size dress you want to wear, or the level of energy you want to have with this new full body workout routine. Start slowly and track your results. If you think you can push harder after a few weeks, increase the intensity of your whole body workout and continue working out on schedule. Setting goals that are too far out of reach can be discouraging, so set small, attainable goals and build from there.
Plan for a rest day
Avoid workout burnout when starting a new full body workout by giving yourself plenty of time to rest. If your body and mind don’t have a chance to rest and recuperate from the new routine, not only will you fail to reap the maximum physical and mental benefits of exercise, you could end up injuring yourself. Recognize your limits and plan to work out only a few days a week if you’re just starting out. If you’re already very active, schedule at least one complete day of rest so your body can heal.
Follow a nutritious healthy eating plan
Make sure you’re eating a variety of healthy, energy-boosting foods that support your training routine. Cutting out too many calories can be dangerous and may even prevent you from getting the most out of your whole body workouts. Consider asking your Coach about Curves Nutrition Program to make sure your diet supports your new workout goals. Curves members can utilize our healthy eating plan that works hand-in-hand with our strength training and cardio fitness program to help you increase metabolism and burn fat. It’s simple to use, but flexible enough to help you incorporate your favorite foods—cooking at home or dining out.