Question #7 “How do I Get Started & Begin Exercising?” (2.8% of questions)
Too Much Too Soon:
Your motivation for making change is the most important consideration. Losing 5, 10, 20 pounds or more is a worthwhile goal, but it will never be enough to keep it off. Losing weight for a boyfriend/girlfriend/husband or wife is another failing prospect-- it must come from a true desire driven by something internal to lose weight and look different than you do.
Once you have made the decision to become healthier and more fit by starting a workout routine, becoming more active, beginning to lift weights, it is time to start. As soon as you feel the need to begin exercising, the first step is to evaluate the options you have that are based on activities you can enjoy.
If you have decided that you want to lift weights or join a gym, start by doing push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups today. Then you may want to visit the closest gyms to work or home and see what activities they offer. You may also consider preparing a plan for home workouts or a combination of both home & gym.
If you are considering jogging or joining an exercise class, get started today by walking around your neighborhood or work surroundings. Visit the closest athletic shoe store, and talk to the specialists to be sure you have the right shoes for your new adventures into the gym and/or on the streets.
Don't Delay, Start Today!
If you want to begin jogging, you may be best advised to begin walking your planned route the first week. The second week, you could walk the first half (warm-up) and jog the second half. The 3rd week, you could begin actually jogging the complete course. This may seem too slow for some, but the long-term results will prove better for your body, and it sets the pace for you to dedicate time each day for being active.
The Bottom Line: