The hardest part about starting a personal exercise program is often just that—starting. For many of us, it’s pretty intimidating. We become more self-conscious of our bodies and fear that we’ll somehow “fail” at exercising. Your body is designed for motion and exercise. You’ll do fine.
Patience Can Pay Off
If you start out at a level that’s too tough for you, you may experience lots of pain and virtually no gain. Be sure to honor the current state of your body and your fitness level before you dive in. If you’re out of shape, build up your strength and stamina. Remember that you’re into exercise for the long haul, in essence for the rest of your life. You can afford the time it takes to get your body into shape. When a person goes too fast, the ensuing bodily aches and pains can prevent further exercise … and destroy motivation. Don’t let this happen!
Remember the race between the tortoise and the hare? The tortoise started slow but eventually won the race. When it comes to exercising, you can start slow and build up your “speed” over time to win your personal challenge. You don’t need to compete with anyone.
Listen to Your Body
By tuning into the wisdom you have in your body already, you can learn how to exercise to suit your personal needs. Just as you have learned how to eat based on your body’s signals, so, too, you can learn how to exercise by listening to your body’s wisdom.