Starting a fitness program involves more than a DVD and some dumbbells. The most important part is to determine whether or not you will stick to the fitness program once you begin.
We see this problem all the time at the beginning of a New Year. Everyone joins a health club or gym with every intention to go three or four times a week. Go back to the same gym a month later and the place will be half empty compared to the first week of January. Why? People did not develop a workout habit.
No Habit, No Workout
Most people do not develop the habit of sticking to a fitness program. I know the problem first hand. About five years ago I started to go the gym again after a two-year layoff. The reason for the layoff I was busy with work and family or at least that’s the excuse I used. The true problem was I lost the habit of going to the gym and staying on my fitness program.
Need to Continue with Program
The problem most people have is the pain they feel the next day after working out. You need to realize aching muscles is part of the development. The main advice I can give is to not to overdo your initial workouts. Like anything new you need to build on the previous step.
How Do We Teach Kids to Swim?
We do not teach our kids how to swim by throwing them in the deep end and yell, “SWIM!” No, we teach our kids progressively.
We have them swim in the shallow end first to build up their courage and swimming habits. I know initially my kids were scared to jump into the pool, but after a couple tries they were fine. Now they are doing twirls and jumping high in the air to make bigger splashes.
Your New Fitness Program
Your new fitness program can do the same for you. Yes, initially it won’t be fun and a little scary, but the more you come back the better you will be. Today if I miss two or three days in a row without running or doing some type of physical fitness my body doesn’t feel right. I know I need to go workout. The workout can be something as basic as doing a light jog around the neighborhood for 15 or 20 minutes. I’ve found just getting the heart pumping can be a great fitness program.