Ask Bliss Women: Exercise Regiment. Where do I begin?

Q: "I'm thinking of starting an exercise regiment. Do you have any suggestions on how I can get started?" - The Fitness Beginner

A: Exercise is a vital component of a healthy lifestyle. A regular exercise program can improve your mental health, stress levels, and decrease your risk of chronic diseases.  Before you get started, I recommend consulting your doctor and making sure you are healthy enough to begin an exercise routine. You need to be aware of any underlying health issues which may be a concern for safety.

Consider your goals. Do you want to run a 5k? Squat your body weight? Or be able to run after your kids without getting winded? Make sure your goals are clear and attainable. Once you have this down, you can decide which type of training would benefit you the most. If you are not interested in hiring a professional trainer, do your research. There are so many free exercise programs available online. Find the one that will best suit your goals and your lifestyle. 

Start slow. You don't want to come off of your first workout exhausted and sore. Slowly acclimate your body and allow it to get accustomed to daily exercise. For example, begin with walking before increasing the intensity to a run. You don't necessarily need to give your highest level of effort to get a great workout. 

Plan your week. One of the biggest excuses for not maintaining an exercise program is lack of time. You can ditch this excuse by planning and scheduling your workouts into your daily routine. Prioritize and follow through on this commitment! There is no better investment than your health. 

Most importantly, keep it fun and enjoyable. Find an enjoyable training style that will keep you engaged. You want to look forward to your workout! You don't want it to become a chore. Mix it up. Try different styles of exercise, whether it be running, weight lifting, dance class or cycling - find what you love and enjoy. This will keep you coming back day after day for a lasting impact on your overall health.

- With Bliss, Elizabeth Lightbourn

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Elizabeth Lightbourn is a NASM certified personal trainer and has obtained a Bachelor of Health Science from Seminole State College of Florida. Her fitness journey inspired her love for health, wellness, fitness, and nutrition. She is passionate about helping others to change their lives for the better by implementing healthy habits and coaching them through lifestyle modifications. Elizabeth asked many of the questions you may be asking! She hopes by sharing her experiences, thoughts, and knowledge will inspire and educate others to make positive changes in their own lives.