Has it been months or even years since you’ve worked out? Have you pretty much looked in the mirror, thrown up your hands and said “what’s the use?” Is lifting a spoon, knife or fork to your mouth the only exercise you’ve done on a regular basis lately? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” then you are not alone. I know that we are all used to seeing perfectly chiseled men and women on commercials working out. But not everyone starts a fitness routine from a condition of optimal fitness. Indeed, this is why many of us prefer private at home fitness training. If it has been some time since you’ve worked out on a regular basis don’t fear. It is not too late.
- Start slow: Slow and steady wins the race. If you have not worked out in years then you are bound to be in less than perfect physical condition. Your body will need time to adjust to daily workouts.
- Set realistic goals: Be specific about the goals you wish to attain whether it is losing weight, gaining more muscle or becoming more flexible. Afterwards, write down your daily, weekly and monthly progress.
- Check with your doctor: This is especially true if you are over 40, have heart disease, asthma or lung problems or if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Your doctor is unlikely to say that can’t exercise since exercise is good for all of us. However, he/she make give you tips on how to stay safe while exercising.
- Find out why you took your fitness break in the first place: As you begin your new commitment to fitness, consider why you took your hiatus from exercise in the first place. Did you set unrealistic goals? Did you simply burn out? Did you receive the wrong instruction? Did you neglect to change up your workout routine and add new exercises? Knowing the answer to these questions may help you avoid falling back again.
- Start at home: As we’ve stated, many people exercise because they are embarrassed at being overweight and out of condition. (Generally, people who are in peak physical condition desire that other people see them working out.) We have workouts to do at home to build muscle at Lacy Weston. With these you can set your own pace.
In short, it is never too late to restart your fitness routine. You can make excuses forever but this will not help you lose weight, gain muscle or become more flexible. Lacy is here to help you with his knowledge and experiences.