Deciding to Get Going

Motivation


So, you’re ready to workout. Or move your body. Or just get in some physical activity.

You know that getting your heart rate up is good for your body and reduces your risk of cognitive decline. But, it can be totally overwhelming if you don’t know where to start.

First, you’ll need to decide what type of activity you’d like to do. If nothing comes to mind immediately, that might feel frustrating. But don’t worry, many people have to go through a few different types of exercise before they find one they like. And, many people find they have to incorporate a few activities into their workout routine so they don’t get bored.

It sounds rudimentary, but have you made a list of activities you’d like to try? Something like paddle boarding might sound out of reach, but once you write it down, you might realize it’s as doable as everything else on your list. Some people love repetitive activities like treadmill or elliptical because they don’t have to think while performing the activity. Other people like exercise classes or team sports because they’re not repetitive and better hold their interest. Maybe you’d prefer a combination of both?

The most important thing to remember is that you have to start somewhere. You don’t have to develop a plan for how you’ll exercise for the next year, month or even week. You just have to decide what to try and…try it.