Here Are The Real Challenges During Your First Weeks Of Exercise

A lot of people quit working out within the first month. There are serious challenges you would face when you begin exercising, especially if you have never worked out in your life.

Here are the challenges you would face in the first week and how you can push through it.

1. Prepare Yourself For Pain


Let’s be honest. There will be pain. And loads of it. If you are in your first week of exercise, your body might feel like it’s revolting against you. Your arms, legs, back, and shoulders might be sore for a few days. Don’t be put off. Your body has been in slumber for a long time. The soreness is your body’s way of reacting to a sudden change in movement. Don’t let this prevent you from further exercise. Your body will soon get used to the movements and your muscles will recover.

The soreness could take a few days to disappear. If you feel the pain is at a particular

area, you could always use a heating pad to soothe your muscles. Taking a bath in warm water will also help. Just don’t give up!

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2. Keeping Yourself Motivated


If you’re new to exercise, especially in your first weeks, you would need to face several obstacles. There will be times when you feel lazy, tired, busy, or you could be bummed out because you don’t see any results. It takes effort to workout. Keeping yourself motivated is one of the biggest and maybe underestimated challenges you could face. If you view exercise as a chore, it will prove even harder for you to get moving.

One way to tackle is to have a clear cut goal always in mind. Working towards a goal like, “I will push myself to work out for 20 minutes, four days a week” could keep you motivated especially in the beginning. Start with simple goals. Move towards a target like, “I can climb the stairs

and not be out of breath.” Another way to get you excited about working out is to implement a reward system. For example, treat yourself a day at the parlour for completing two weeks of exercise. New sneakers, a camping trip, a music concert are treats you could reward yourself for being good to your body. Hard work needs a treat!

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3. Sorting Out Your Schedule


In your first week of exercise, you are going to face a lot of organization problems. Adding exercise to your already hectic life schedule can be difficult at first. It would mean certain adjustments need to be done. If you plan on exercising in the morning but you aren’t an early-bird person, things might not go as planned. Work with your schedule.

Come up with a personalized routine that works for you. You can work on a written schedule weekly, taking into consideration night outs and hanging with your friends, and stick it up somewhere you easily

notice. Always keep your workout clothes and shoes ready. This tiny step can save you a lot of time and effort to get moving. If you think you have no time to workout a particular day, spend more time walking between chores.

It will just take a few weeks to sort out your exercise time into your lifestyle. Once you push yourself through the initial phase, you would soon notice it becomes habitual.

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4. Focusing On The Weighing Scale


Oh, the dreadful weighing scale. Most of us want to see results immediately. It’s quite rare to see visible weight loss in the first few weeks of exercise. The truth is that it takes time to see evident results of exercising. Don’t let the scale wear you down into thinking that this isn’t working for you. In fact, don’t focus on the scale at all. You could check your weight after three to four weeks of regular workout. Focus on the positive things:

You are working out! Your body is becoming stronger! You are feeling happier and fitter!

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5. Stop Judging Yourself


During the first few weeks of exercise, especially if you have been physically inactive most of your life, you are going to realize working out is difficult on your body. You might feel the steps are difficult and you feel like you’re failing. Sometimes you would think people are judging you. Don’t let these things put you down. Focus on the benefits you would be receiving after workout.

Let your body do its thing. Let your body take its time to adjust. Treat yourself with kindness and patience. You are your own coach.

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