Getting started & sticking with a Fitness routine

This is for those of you who are not yet exercising. Who think perhaps that you don’t need to, or can’t. This is also for those who tend to take LOOOONG breaks in their fitness routine ever so often on some vague pretext or the other, those who tend to keep ‘falling off the wagon’ so to speak.

I’ve heard ALL the excuses –

– I don’t have time

– I don’t need to, (I am slim, I don’t have any medical disorders etc etc)

– I have tried in the past but have always failed, so why try again???

– I hate exercise, I can’t find anything I like to do.

Well, here is the news flash – you HAVE to exercise whatever your shape size, job, family situation etc etc. TIME?? I haven’t heard of anyone who has more than 24 hours in a day, so you haven’t been singled out with a shortage of time. Strangely, I find the busiest people are the ones who “find” the time to workout. No, actually they do not “find” the time they “make” the time. It’s all about priorities. You have to decide what is more important to you. Watching that TV serial or yakking on the phone or getting in a quick 30 minute workout. Once you ascertain a priority list, then the hour you spend working out becomes nonnegotiable. You magically “find” the time.

If you cant find anything you LIKE to do, just do it anyway!! Exercise is not meant to entertain you! Grow up, sometimes we just need to do what we need to do! Surprisingly, after doing it often enough, your body begins to recognize it as something you essentially do and is able to cope with the drudgery of it. It’s really all about perspective. You start looking at it as something that makes you look, feel and BE better.

Sometimes I think one of the reasons people don’t start at all is because the goals they set for themselves are so daunting that they don’t know where to begin! They expect results overnight, they think about the terribly difficult task ahead, they imagine the struggle they are faced with and just back off in frustration.

They key is to set simple, realistic goals. More important, to set more than one single goal. Make sure the goals are not all focused on your weight on the scale because, really, that is NOT the only reason you need to exercise.

Even goals like –

– I will workout 5 days a week

– I will aim to burn 100 calories more per workout next week

– I will fill in my food journal everyday and pay attention to what I eat everyday

– I will be more active during the course of the day and not plant myself in front of the Tv for more than 15 minutes at a time

– I will do sit-ups at every commercial break on Tv………….. are all goals that you can very well follow and feel pleased about achieving.

It’s not hard. Start with a 15 minute a day walk. Cover a certain distance. Increase the time to 20-30 minutes. Increase the distance you cover in that time. Add weight training to your routine at least twice a week. 20 minutes a session. Increase the intensity.

Get more active during the day. Don’t sit on your butt all day. Move as much as possible.

One of the greatest inventions is the PEDOMETER. It clocks the number of steps you take a day. Put it on and try to cover at least 10,000 steps every day.

Find a mentor. This could be an integral part of keeping you motivated. This is something like an AA sponsor/guide who is responsible for your progress!! You become accountable to them. You feel bad if you don’t show up for your workout. You feel guilty for letting them down. That’s great to start with. It keeps you motivated. After a while (hopefully) you start feeling responsible for yourself and are able to stand on your own two feet.

Gradually it becomes a habit. An integral part of your day that you are loath to miss. You start seeing results (however slow) in your body that you appreciate and this motivates you to keep going. You try new things. Zumba to your cardio. Pilates for your Core. Oh yes it CAN be fun too!

9 thoughts on “Getting started & sticking with a Fitness routine

  1. That is so trueee…its easy to come up with excuses…but when you workout and taste the fruits of the “HARDWORK” uv put in …like when you realise that ur shape has improved,clothes fit better and basically you had sooooo much more energy when you were working out, u end up kicking yourself for making dumb totally unacceptable excuses and make sure you workout regularly…plus spreading the awareness!!!:) thank you sheela aunty for really putting this sense into me…for helping me accept myself and showing me that i can improve not only the way i look but also the way i feel about myself… 🙂 🙂


  2. Great blog, Sheela! Congratulations!
    Luckily, for me exercising at least 5 days a week has become a way of life. I do try to motivate friends but i think I need to be more pushy! 🙂
    Congrats once again and looking forward to you sharing more of your thoughts through your blog!


      • Whenever I read your words, or I get to have a look at the TFL page, Im so exicted feel like getting on to my sports attire and start my work out! keep writing, you are spreading health, its really a training for life! hats off… When a busy gyno can find time, motivating others to take care of their health, I really feel guilty for not motivating my ownself … will do it seriously!


  3. hi sheela , the excuse of ” i dont have the time” well to such people i ask them how do u find time to brush ur teeth , drink water etc . Even if such people workout for just half an hr everyday it would make a world of diff to them .
    No one is too slim or too fat to exercise , as exercising is not only to loose wt it is just a healthy way of life.


  4. I agree, no excuses! There was a time when I could never understand how anyone could find exercising enjoyable! Thank goodness the scales have dropped from my eyes. TFL has come to mean so much to me. I love our classes and working together as a group. I have never been pushed to my limit before and the feeling after our workout is absolutely amazing!


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