How to Start an Exercise Program to Lose Weight

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How many times have you started a workout program and quit before you saw results? It happens to all of us. We want to get in shape, we start exercising on a regular basis and then life intervenes and we give up before we get the body we deserve.

This time, your plan is going to be different. This time, you’re going to start an exercise program that is going to build on a strong foundation of reasonable goals, healthy objectives, and solid planning strategies.

You’ll accomplish specific goals to reach important milestones and I’ll be there to offer guidance and support along the way.

Are you ready to get started? Before you lace up your sneakers, there are a few things you need to do to set up your program. Take 2-3 weeks to accomplish the tasks on this list. Bookmark the page so you can return as often as necessary to see which tasks are next. Remember, this is about laying the foundation, so don’t skip any step before moving on to the next lesson.

Lesson One: How to Start an Exercise Program

  • Step One: Make Sure You Are Healthy
    Check with your health care provider to make sure you are healthy enough for exercise. Your doctor may even provide recommendations for types of exercise to participate in and types of activity to avoid. Ask your doctor specific questions to find out how exercise may affect your risk for disease or medications.
  • Step Two: Go Shopping for Fitness Essentials
    Every new exerciser needs to be properly equipped so that the weight loss workouts are safe and effective. Take this list of essential exercise equipment and go shopping. You don't need to spend a lot of money, but a small investment will go a long way to keeping you comfortable and healthy.
  • Step Three: Define Your Goals
    Don't make the mistake of skipping this valuable step. Your long-term goal might be obvious, but if you can define specific short terms goals, they will act as stepping stones on your path to weight loss success. Here's how to get it done.
  • Step Four: Start to Exercise
    Your weight loss workout program will start with easy exercise. It might not feel like you are doing enough at this point, but if you can get into the habit of doing something every day, you'll build the necessary habits for a more difficult schedule later on. Complete one easy workout at least 5-7 days per week.
  • Step Five: Eat the Right Amount of Food
    Since this is an exercise program to lose weight, I'm not going to recommend that you diet. But you do need to watch your portion sizes. You can lose weight simply by eating the correct serving size of food. So how do you know what that is? Read this guide and then use the skills to evaluate your food portions during snacks and mealtime.
  • Step Six: Get Organized to Get Healthy
    Time won't magically appear on your schedule every day so that you can exercise. You have to plan specific times for your weight loss workouts and then stick to the schedule. Take one day each week to create your weekly exercise plan. Believe it or not, this becomes a time-saver in the long run.

Each of these steps is just as important as the others. Take the time to complete each task carefully and revisit the steps as needed as you progress through the complete program. What’s next? Your next lesson will teach you how to improve your level of fitness and burn more calories so that you begin to lose weight with exercise.

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