If you’re like a lot of people, you go into the winter months with good intentions. However, between the winter holidays, the cold weather and the shorter days, exercise is something that just gets put on the back burner.  With things warming up again and summer just around the corner, it’s time to start getting serious about getting back into shape.  The following quick tips will help you on your journey.

Start Slow And Build Incrementally

If it’s been a few months since you’ve done any exercise, don’t expect that you’ll be able to jump back in full throttle.  Take it easy.  Set modest goals in the beginning,  such as a fifteen-minute exercise session on day one, adding five minutes to the duration every week.  That way, you give your body time to adjust to the new routine.

Don’t Forget The Warm Up & Cool Down!

Too often, in their enthusiasm to get started, people forget these steps.  Don’t!  They’re absolutely essential if you want to minimize your chances of muscle strain.  So many people adopt the “no pain, no gain” mindset when it comes to exercise, and it’s true that some soreness is to be expected when you start working out and pushing your body, but you don’t want to cause yourself needless injury, either.

Find A Workout Partner

This is important because if you’re working out with someone, then you can hold each other accountable and help motivate and inspire each other when you’d rather be doing something else.  If you can’t find anyone in your immediate circle of friends to exercise with, then hit the internet!  There are tons of great fitness apps available, and all of them have vibrant, robust communities of people with fitness goals similar to your own.

Finally, it goes without saying, but be sure to eat right and get plenty of sleep!  You’ll be asking a lot of your body in the months ahead, so be sure to give it everything it needs.

It’s a simple recipe for success, but it really works!