A Beginner’s Guide to Exercise

5 Tips for How to Start and Commit to a Fitness Routine

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obé is a simple and effective program designed to meet you where you are. Whether you’re just starting out or a fitness fanatic, we have you covered with 9 class types that require no equipment and help you level up as you get stronger! At obé our signature live and replay classes are just 28 minutes and are structured across three pillars – Define (strength based classes), Sweat (cardio based classes) and Flow (yoga and stretch). We recommend striving for 5 classes each week, alternating between 3 Define and 2 Sweat – consistency is key and you can always ease into the program with our shorter Express or Low-Impact classes.

Looking to get started? We tapped our instructor Kat Ellis, a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, for her top tips on starting and committing to a new fitness routine.

1. Make space for your new commitment.

Starting anything new can feel overwhelming, especially when it comes to working out. But when you can compartmentalize your training routine as part of your day rather something you feel pressured to squeeze in at the last minute, it will seem less daunting and you’ll be more likely to stay committed because you’ve set up your schedule to provide results and success. We encourage our members at obé to reserve class, adding it to their personal calendar, as a reminder to show up and enjoy the little bit of “me time.”

2. Shorter workouts bread consistency

Nothing feels worse than making a huge promise of working out an hour or more a day and then not delivering on it. We suggest fitting in shorter workouts more often which is why we provide both 28 minute and 10 minute Express classes. We recommend that you try to get in 5, 28 minute classes a week which is in line with the CDC’s recommendation of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise per week. Working out consistency is key to building a fitness habit.

3. Just get started and have FUN!

Starting a free trial or trying out a class that sounds interesting to you is the best way to get started. No need for resolutions or giant proclamations!  I find that people who are able to stay consistent with their fitness regime have found a class or type of training that they enjoy and it becomes something they actually look forward to.  

4. Community is Key

Training alone or feeling isolated in your workout is not nearly as fun as it is when you have someone to share the experience with. Recruiting a friend or colleague to join you in workouts or engaging with a digital community is a fantastic way to increase your exercise adherence and accountability. Not only will the group help you stay committed, but the experience will be much more enjoyable.

5.There’s no shame in the modification game 

Correct form is the single most important thing to consider when working out which is why at obé we encourage our members to modify and get their form right before leveling up and doing more intense versions of the same exercise. Correct form not only guarantees that you get the optimal benefit but also keeps you safe!

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