Fitness

Ready, Steady, Go: A Quick Guide to Starting an Exercise Program

Confused about how to get started with your fitness routine? It’s easier than you think!

By: Ilyse Rogozenski

You decided to start exercising. Great! But you have no idea where to start or what to do. Is cardio the answer? Which cardio is the best? Should you weight lift? What weights do you use? What exercises should you do? All good questions with lots of easy answers.

Don’t stress about it. After all, exercise is also supposed to be a stress reliever so take some deep breaths before you begin. The good news is that if you are new to exercise, just about anything you will do will have a positive impact on your overall health. And if you’re consistent with your exercise program, you’ll feel those positive effects sooner rather than later.

Just Do It! How to Get Started

There should be two main components to your program—cardiovascular exercise and strength training. Both complement one another and are the best way to improve your health.

Cardio

When it comes to cardiovascular exercise, the first rule of thumb is to find something you enjoy. Exercise should be effective, yet fun. Face it—if you aren’t enjoying it, you’re not going to stick with it. And quitting just isn’t an option.

Once you find an activity that you like, stay with it. But don’t be afraid to branch out and try other forms of cardiovascular exercise. Remember, after a few weeks, you will not only feel better, but you’ll have found some confidence as well. So, give something new a try. Who knows? There may be a boot camp class out there with your name on it.

Strength training

Getting stronger is just as important as improving your heart health. First, you should get over the fear that weight lifting will make you bulky. It simply doesn’t work that way. But, it will strengthen your muscles and bones, help you avoid injuries, increase muscular endurance, and improve coordination and balance. You know what else it does that you may not realize? It increases your confidence and self-esteem. But there’s more!

Muscles repair themselves for at least twenty-four to forty-eight hours after you train them. This means you increase the number of calories burned throughout the day as muscles require energy in order to repair themselves. That’s a pretty sweet deal!

Beginner Tips

Here are a few more helpful tips to get you started:

  • Use the buddy system. Exercise with a friend so you both can support each other in your fitness endeavors and have an accountability partner.
  • Stay with it. Like anything else in life, starting something new can be difficult and sometimes frustrating. The more you exercise, the better you’ll get at it and the quicker you’ll see overall improvements.
  • Chart your progress. Keep a workout journal and include everything you do each day. Be sure to list the weights you used or what fitness class you attended. You will soon notice that your weights are getting heavier and your workouts have become more consistent.
  • Don’t do too much too soon. You’re excited to start. Awesome! But don’t dive right into the deep end. Dip your toes in first and get used to your new-found way of life. Trying too much too fast may lead to overtraining, exhaustion and even quitting.

The Takeaway

FitOn can help you get started with workouts for all fitness levels that are led by world-class trainers. The wide variety of always open fitness classes is the perfect way to kickstart your fitness journey.