Getting Started

 So you want to embark on a fitness regime. Congratulations and welcome!

Maybe you want to get ready for summer? You don’t want to be looking over your shoulder on the beach at people who want to push you into the water because they have mistaken you for a beached whale. I am just kidding but sometimes we may all feel like that in our reality, even though that may not be the actual reality.

Jokes aside and you want to begin, the first step, if you are not sure, is to

get a medical clearance from the doctor.  A check-up to give you the go-ahead before you commence any physical exertion especially if it has been years since you have done anything.

The next step is, begin slowly. As Confucius stated,

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”

This may be the case for many people. Start by going for a casual walk around the block, see how you go and continue that for a few days, try and get to the magical 30 minutes of exercise per day mark.

If you are doing well and not suffering too much soreness try and increase the speed a little so that you will still be able to hold a conversation with someone if walking with them. Maintain this for a couple of days and maybe increase the duration to 45 minutes.

When you feel comfortable with this and your body has adapted to the exercise (which it will) try throwing in some resistant body weight exercises. Here are some examples to get you started.

– Lower Body exercises such as Squats and Lunges

 – Upper Body Exercises such as Pushup

– Core exercises such as sit-ups, crunches, and planks.

 Good luck!