So you want to get fit?
Good for you! So do I! So where do you start? The first thing I would advise here is take your time. Make this fitness regime a lifestyle rather than a momentary get fit fix.
The mistake a lot of people make when deciding it’s time to get into shape is to go out and do an hour long run on the very first day, or do an intensive spin class at the gym. Of course you give your body the shock of its life. It then sends out all these negative signals to make sure that it never occurs to you to try it again and in a way it’s right, because a sudden, intense exercise regime could do serious damage to your heart and other organs. The following day, after your mad attempt to get fit in one hour, you can hardly move because you’re feeling muscles in parts of your body that you never knew existed. And you wonder how on earth people can make out that doing exercise is healthy? Because your back has never felt worse.
Don’t expect to get fit in a week or even a month. For you and your body to begin to see changes you need at least a period of about 6-8 weeks, ideally doing about 3-4 exercise sessions a week. But the reality is that the majority of us have full time jobs, kids, cooking, washing, cleaning and if you’re lucky some sort of social life. So how on earth are you going to find the time to exercise too? Especially when the last time you tried you took forever to get to work the following day because those hidden muscles were screaming out in agony. You had to learn how to go down the stairs sideways to avoid cramping up in pain, and of course you couldn’t run for the bus. But worse still, when you did finally arrive at the office, ten minutes late because you obviously missed the bus, you pathetically limped in in such an odd manner that it looked like you’d just attempted cowboy rodeo riding. It’s either that or you’d given the Kama Sutra a go the night before and all your work colleagues weren’t sure whether to congratulate you or not.