Starting a Fitness Program? 4 Things to Know Before You Say Go
The first is so obvious, it doesn’t count. Make sure to check with your doctor or health care provider first.
1. Where are you starting?
- What’s your current fitness level?
- Take note of your weight, waist size, body mass index, endurance level.
- How many sit ups can you do in one minute?
- How winded does a brisk walk down the block leave you?
- What’s your exhaustion level after climbing two flights of stairs.
2. Determine Your Goals
- What are your weight & fitness goals
- Plan a fitness program, using a combination of cardio-fitness, strength exercises, and stretching to meet your goals
- Gather equipment: mats, rubber bands, weights, running shoes and proper clothing, including a well-fitted sports bra.
- Investigate fitness tools, including downloadable exercise programs to keep your workouts interesting
3. Start Slowly & Build
- Begin your workouts slowly, building up to at least 30 minutes of cardio work per session.
- Listen to your body – if something feels wrong, stop & investigate
- Consider a workout partner to help motivate you and ‘keep you honest’
4. Keep a Journal of Your Progress
- Make notes at least twice a week about how your workout is progressing
- Keep weekly notes of increased strength and flexibility
- Record your attitudes about your fitness program
- Compare your current results with your pre-routine status.