Taking the first step is always the hardest. The hardest part about starting a fitness and exercise program is just getting started. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
- Consult your physician. Always speak with your family physician before undertaking an exercise program, just to make sure that you’re health enough to exercise. They can also provide you with other valuable information to help you get started.
- Decide whether or not to join a gym. This is probably the biggest decision to make. If you can afford a gym and can work it into your schedule then it’s definitely the way to go. If you can afford a personal trainer then you’ll see even better results. Working out at home can be effective, but the lack of equipment might possibly slow your progress.
- Plan your program. Any program should include cardiovascular training, strength training, and even flexibility conditioning. Whether at home or at the gym you need to include all three phases into your workouts. Always start and finish your workouts by stretching. Warmup with cardio training and then move on to strength training.
About.com also has a great directory of information for beginning your training program.