Exercise: Getting Started

I’ve been exercising regularly for years now, but it wasn’t something that always came easily (still doesn’t most days). The hardest part is always getting started. It’s like that with most things right? If there’s a book you want to read and have been putting off, the hardest part is actually picking it up and starting reading. The first step…ugh.

You can do it though. Anyone can exercise. Anyone. You don’t even have to have a gym membership, fancy clothes, or equipment, you just have to start.

So how do you start?

The best way is to plan. If you go to the gym and know what you are going to do, you will be more likely to actually go and do it. If you are going to start walking/running, drive the route you want to take so that you won’t wander aimlessly with no end in sight. Here’s a sample plan of a beginner’s week:

Monday- walk for 30 minutes at a brisk pace (you should still be able to talk in full sentences, but be slightly labored)

Tuesday- Gym (see below for plan)

Wednesday- walk for 30 minutes at a brisk pace

Thursday- Gym

Friday- walk at a brisk pace for 30 minutes or take a class (yoga would be great!)

At the gym/home…warm up on the treadmill/elliptical/stairs/bike for 10 minutes, then alternate between squats, lunges, pushups (start on your knees if needed), tricep dips and plank (hold for 30 seconds). That simple rotation will hit every major muscle group, and you don’t have to have any equipment or much space to do them. Complete about 10-12 repetitions of each exercise.

Okay, now you have a plan:)

 

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