Starting a workout regimen

Starting something new and unfamiliar is always a scary prospect, especially if you’re not sure where to begin.

The truth is exercise is pretty simple in theory, but not always easy in practice.

A quote I saw posted on an elementary school gymnasium wall sums it up perfectly, “Fitness, move it, you’ll get it.”  And it’s true, just by doing anything active, you will stop stagnation in that moment (the killer of everything) and be engaging in fitness to some degree.

The lack of movement is the biggest culprit for obesity and many other self inflicted, but preventable health related maladies today, and if more people were to simply be more active, much of the health issues in this country would be decreased.  Daily walking is one of the best things you can do for basic overall health maintenence, but with desk jobs, computers, and cars, most don’t do nearly enough.  In the NFL, the mantra lately for recovering from injuries, soreness, etc. from the previous game is “motion is lotion,” and moving in any manner (but particularly walking) is encouraged to expedite healing.

So if you’re looking to start a workout regimen, start off with a daily walk, even if it’s just for 10 minutes.   Often times that 10 minutes will go by fast, and you’ll end up doing it for 20 or 30 minutes.  On that walk, think about other small ways you could build upon that walk, and you’ll be suprised what might happen because good habits lead to other good habits, and walking is one of the best habits you can acquire.

 

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