Updated: Feb 1, 2021
Having a workout routine and staying consistent can seem so intimidating, but in all reality the hardest part is getting started. Finding the motivation to get up and start working out is one aspect that keeps so many of us at a standstill. Waiting for the perfect moment to come before we begin, can also be a belief that ultimately ends up holding us back. Honestly, there's no such thing as the "perfect time", the perfect time is just the moment you actually start.
Starting small is so much better than never starting at all. If you decide to just go walking for 15 minutes out of the day, that's better than nothing. If you decide that in the mornings when you wake up you'll start with 15 squats (or jumping jacks, push ups, or whatever else you decide) that's fine too. As time goes on you can increase those numbers by 5 or 10, and before you know it you'll be ready to move on to something more challenging.
Setting goals can be a way to push yourself, or just hold yourself accountable. Treating your goals as guidelines can help when it comes to tracking your progress, and also for keeping you motivated.
You can have a weekly goal to work out 4 days instead of your usual 3 days, or a goal to work out for 30 minutes instead of your usual 20 minutes. You get to choose what your workout routine will look like. The key is to choose goals that are realistic but still push you at the same time.
If you don't meet your goal that's fine too, you can keep setting that same goal until you achieve it, and once you get comfortable with that goal, you can then shoot for something a little more challenging.
Many people don't workout because they believe that in order to do so, you have to have a gym membership or workout equipment in your home. This is not true at all, you don't need anything but yourself to get started.
An easy way to get started is to go walking in your neighborhood or a local track/park. If this isn't for you, you can start with home workouts. There are so many workouts that can be done in your home with no equipment. I started with YouTube. You can literally search "home workouts" or "workouts without equipment" and there will be so many videos to choose from.
If working out still sounds intimidating, there are other options you can try. You can start with yoga, zumba, dance classes, and so much more (you can also find these free on YouTube). Once you find what works for you, it'll start to get easier. The main goal is to just get started.
If I had to pick the most important tip, it would be to start small. Set small goals and work your way up. If you put in the time and effort you will definitely see results. Working out doesn't have to be hard, the only hard part is getting started.