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Tips for Beginning (and Sticking to) a New Exercise Program

As we enter a new year, it’s not uncommon to set goals or ‘New Year Resolutions’. Although we don’t have to wait for the turn of the calendar to make changes, it’s never a bad idea to reflect on the past year and look for areas that we can improve or things we can devote more time to. Some common themes revolve around eating better, spending more time outside, reading more books and exercising more.

Change takes time—it’s been shown to take 30 days to make long-term changes. It’s been shown that it takes at least 21 days to form a new habit which is why 30-day challenges work so well. If you’ve decided to start exercising, or begin a new plan, here are some tips that will help stick to your goals:

  1. Start easy and build gradually

    1. Never let today ruin tomorrow; do enough to get a stimulus but not too much that it prevents you from coming back tomorrow

  2. Find a consistent time that works best for you

    1. Consistency is key! Find a weekly routine that supports your goals

  3. Embrace discomfort

    1. Discomfort is part of the growth process; get comfortable being uncomfortable

  4. Track your progress

    1. Logging your workouts and seeing results is motivating and will keep you moving forward

  5. Get small wins

    1. Break large goals up into smaller goals

  6. Listen to your body

    1. Mild soreness can be expected. See your chiropractor for any aches, pains or muscle tightness that is limiting you!

  7. Reward yourself

    1. Celebrate small wins!

Now that you’ve decided to embark on a new journey, keep these tips in mind as you get started. Setting goals and deciding to do something is half the battle. Good luck and be patient!

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