Tip: Start Exercising Five Minutes a Day
This is the first post from the continuing series of Tuesday weight loss tips.
Starting your journey? Don’t try to last 60 minutes in the gym, shoot for 5.
Most people attempting to lose weight, particularly those 50, 100, 150+ pounds overweight are obviously fairly out of shape. Finding the remote to change the channel doesn’t build stamina. Personally, I could barely jog to the mailbox, let alone last through an hour long workout at the gym.
That didn’t stop me from working out, though. It shouldn’t stop you.
I hear a lot of excuses as to why one can’t lose weight, “working out is too hard” is constantly at the top of this list. Some aren’t able to physically last more than 5 minutes. They get frustrated, leave the gym, then go eat a Snickers in the car and feel sorry for themselves.
I know exactly how you feel. I was there myself not so long ago.
It’s a cycle that only ends with change or death:
- Try to lose weight.
- Get frustrated, stop, gain more weight.
- Now it’s much harder to do #1.
My first “official” weight loss tip for those just starting out (granted, I might have shared just a few before this one) is this: go to the gym five minutes a day. That’s all I’m asking. I didn’t last more than five minutes on the elliptical machine when I started, but I kept going. After the first week, I was able to stay on it for like 8 minutes. After the first month, I could last 10 minutes.
After a few months I could last nearly an hour at high intensity. Eventually, I did 99 minutes at the hardest setting possible for the elliptical.
Start slow and be patient. You won’t be lifting 200 pounds overnight, nor will you be able to run 3 miles or lose 100 pounds within a few weeks.
It starts with lifting 100 pounds, running a block, and losing 5 pounds. Sooner or later though, you’ll reach a milestone and keep pushing toward something bigger and better. You just need to know it all starts with 5 minutes.