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Beginning a Workout: It's All in the Approach

By Genevieve Cunningham

A brand new year is often a chance to change yourself for the better. For many people, this means jumping into an exercise program and finally getting in shape. It's a chance to really change your body and feel good in your own skin. But beginning a workout program isn't the hard part, it's the ticking with it. So how do you choose a workout program that you can really make a part of your life? If you're interested in beginning and sticking with an exercise program this year, take a look at these tips to help you out.

Obstacles to Working Out

For most people, there are a few obstacles that get in the way of working out and staying fit. Though they are different for everyone, a few of the most common obstacles include:

  • Lack of time - Many people say that they simply don't have enough time to squeeze in a workout. Between work and home life, there is just too little left over.

  • Lack of energy - By the time you're done with work and take care of personal responsibilities, your energy is zapped. Sound familiar? This is one of the most common excuses out there.

  • It hurts - For many people, the soreness that follows exercise is too much to take. They don't enjoy the feeling and give up just to make the soreness go away. 

How to Find and Meet Your Needs

Half the battle in sticking with your workout is finding your personal obstacles and overcoming them. In order to find them, you have to get really good at listening to yourself. What excuses are you making on a regular basis? Once you've narrowed it down, you can make a plan. If you're short on time, wake up earlier, stay up later, or simply plan to workout at home. If you lack energy, make sure you're getting the right foods, plenty of water, and at least eight hours of sleep. If it's the soreness that's keeping you back, start slowly! Don't go all out on the first day. Work up to more and more exercise, and let your body adjust through the process. You have to work through these issues in order to finally find workout success.

Cut Yourself Some Slack

Don't forget to cut yourself a little slack in the entire process. You missed a day? That's OK! You skipped a rep? It's fine, just get back on track in your next workout. Sometimes, we're just too hard on ourselves. Relax, forgive yourself, and you're much more likely to stick with it.

You can make this the year of fitness if you really want to. You can make changes that last. You can finally earn the body that you desire! Use these tips to nix your excuses, and find an exercise routine that sticks with you all year long.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Glendale, Calif.

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