In 2014, I was the heaviest I had ever been at 71 kg and knew I wanted to lose around 10-11 kilos at least to get to where I wanted to be.
The first thing I did, was to put exercise into my daily routine. Now, I was overweight, and wasn’t able to move my body to do great feats right away.
What I could do, was walk.
The place where we were staying in at the time, had a huge green campus that was perfect for walks in the early mornings and evenings.
If you don’t have access to something like that where you live, perhaps you could go to a nearby park or walkway around a lake. Walking is an amazing stress buster and you will grow to slowly enjoy the time you spend in your own company with your thoughts. If you get bored alone, you could always ask your spouse/partner or maybe a group of friends. However, don’t depend on others for your quota of daily exercise. You should be able to carry on solo even when others are not available.
The first step was to overcome the voice of procrastination in my head, that was putting off exercise. I picked a day, stuck to it, and went for a slow walk. That slow walk increased in pace over the days and became power walking. The key to any exercise routine is consistency. I didn’t give myself more than a day off exercise in a week, and as time went on, I realized I missed exercise on my off days too! The days I felt lazy, I’d tell myself I would just take a short or a slow walk, and I found that even that made a huge difference to how I felt the rest of the day.
A good way to kick your metabolism into high gear is HIIT (High intensity interval training). It basically alternates bursts of high intensity activity with periods of rest for several sets.
I searched for music with varying levels of beats. A fast beat for the high intensity part and slower beats for the low intensity. After listening to a variety, I chose the music with the lyrics and beats which motivated me (my favourite was Work B**ch by Britney Spears :x) Next, I created an exercise play list on my phone alternating these, and would play it on my earphones when I went for walks.
I’m sure I would have looked crazy to someone watching from the outside, walking fast to almost a run for around five minutes, then slowing down considerably, then again half jogging and so on.
Whether you are outdoors or in the gym, remove the self conscious thoughts from your mind. Maybe you look stupid, fat or smell, but who cares, you are going to look good, get healthy and reap the benefits of your exercise later. Your body and your health will thank you for it!