How do I get started?
If you think getting fit is difficult, you are not alone. Many people find it hard to get started, for many different reasons. Do any of these reasons sound like you?
- I can’t exercise because I don’t have any equipment
- I don’t have time to exercise
- I don’t know how to exercise
- My parents/guardian aren’t active
- Exercise sounds so boring to me
- Equipment or health clubs cost too much
If you can relate to any of these statements, it is important that you read on for tips on leading an active lifestyle. You don’t have to be an athlete or be involved in an organized sport to be fit. You just have to sit less and move more! It is also important to get other members of your family moving, too.
Make a fitness plan
There are lots of other things that might get in the way of regular exercise. You might think your schedule is full or you are not sure how to get started. For each situation, there is a solution.
I am too busy.
Try exercising after school, or pick a time that works best for you each day. It's up to you to make the time and effort.
Exercise bores me.
Try out different activities. Sick of jogging? Try rollerblading. Not interested in lifting weights? Try Pilates ( Read an article on Pilates.) Here’s a list of fun activities:
|Salsa dancing||Jump roping|
You will need permission from your parents/guardian to invest time and money (many require safety equipment) for most of these sports. Also, these activities carry risks for serious injury and it is important to learn the proper techniques before trying them out on your own. Make sure to learn from certified teachers to stay safe.
It’s hard to stick with it.
Try exercising with a friend or a family member to give one another support.
Once you get past these challenges, decide when you are going to exercise and which activities you would like to do.