You keep telling yourself that you will start a workout program soon. You’ll begin right after “this” or as soon as “that” is done. A practical hint in getting started is to know what to do and how to start. The following are some standard guidelines to follow when beginning an exercise program.
Choose an activity you like. Don’t do something because you think it’s an everyday activity or common. You are more likely to stay with an activity if it’s something you enjoy. If having somebody exercise with you is essential, then join a class or form your group. When working out with a co-worker, be sure to choose someone with a similar fitness level. As a beginner, you may work too hard if you exercise with an experienced co-worker.
When starting, ease into a program and have fun. Remember, you should not try to make up for all the years you have not exercised in the first few workouts. Because your body is unaccustomed to exercise, understand that you may be stiff or sore after the first day. This soreness will pass as you continue to work the muscles. If you overdo it the first day, you may be so sore that it turns you off from exercising later.
When picking your activity, be sure to study the availability of facilities and the cost. Some people feel they will attend more frequently if they joined a club or hired a personal trainer. Others choose to purchase equipment and workout at home. Besides the equipment needed to exercise, you must wear proper attire. Footwear is essential. Check with an athletic shoe store so they may fit you with the appropriate footwear for your activity.
Decide to participate in more than one activity. Anything can become dull or monotonous day after day. If you like swimming and football, then alternate these activities. Don’t try to learn a new skill as a way to exercise unless it is straightforward. A beginner tennis player will burn far less energy than a proficient player. Remember to choose activities that can still be done during stormy weather. You want to exercise year-round, not just in the spring or summer. A good program combines aerobic, strength, and flexibility components. Try for all-around conditioning, not only one aspect.
If you are male and older than 35 or female and over 40 or have any preexisting health concerns, please see your doctor receive medical clearance to participate in the exercise. There may be a valid reason why you should limit your participation or not exercise at all.
Everyday activities such as walking, gardening, taking the stairs, and mowing the lawn are excellent ways of adding to your overall activity. Most important is to enjoy the activities you do. This makes the benefits even more worthwhile. You are improving your health, and you’re having fun too.
When possible, exercise at the same time each day. This helps to form a schedule. Once you have a routine, it becomes a regular part of your week.