Just Get Started
Fitness can be a scary thing. The thought of doing something that most consider to be completely outÂ of their comfort zone, will make most of us pause for a moment. Let us assume, for the purposes of thisÂ article, that you have decided to start. Where do you begin?
If you do a Google search of “Fitness in Rockford, Illinois,” youÂ will see 912,000 results, the first listed being local gyms. ThoseÂ should be helpful until you try to figure out which one is theÂ best fit for you. Now, where do you start? And please, do notÂ watch television infomercials or you will make your life evenÂ more confusing.
I have been involved in nearly every level of fitness for thirtyÂ years. The trouble you are having in deciding what suits you bestÂ in starting a fitness program has existed as long as the industry has. Asking questions of others will only confuse you moreÂ as they have made a choice for themselves and will defend itÂ passionately. Some people run, some ride bikes, some do BootÂ Camp, bodybuilding, CrossFit, Zumba, P90X, Insanity, and soÂ many more. If you want testimonials about any given program,Â be prepared to read a lot. All fitness paradigms have plenty ofÂ propaganda to read.
Anything that gives your loved onesÂ a better version of yourself is mostÂ definitely worth it.
As a fitness professional, let me help you with your decision.Â There are a few questions you should ask yourself: What isÂ your purpose for working out? Simply put, do you want to loseÂ weight? Do you want to gain weight? Do you want to buildÂ strength and muscle? Do you want to run a road race or do anÂ endurance event, like a triathlon? Do you merely want to get outÂ and feel better in your own skin? What is the purpose for you toÂ start? What is your budget? Do you have one? When is the bestÂ time for you to complete your workouts?
Do you see the simple line of reasoning that goes into making thisÂ decision? I can assure you there is a plan or a place for whateverÂ you are looking for. If you start one and find a plan that is not forÂ you, fine, make your way down the list.
As a coach and a chiropractor, I can tell you starting a fitnessÂ program is one of the best things you can do for yourself. It willÂ also translate into a great model for those you love. AnythingÂ that gives your lovedÂ definitely worth it.
So here is my advice: just start. Anything! I was told in chiropractic school, “If you are not moving, you are dying.” If I asked you aÂ few questions, youÂ still not be moving.
One question is, should you exercise every day? Yes! Should youÂ do both progressive resistance work, like weight lifting and someÂ cardio endurance training? Yes! Should you have variety in yourÂ workouts to keep them interesting? Yes! Should you have a good,Â supportive community wherever you decide to go? Yes! For rightÂ now though, just start!
If you are already in a program, but it is not fulfilling, do something different. It really does not matter what, they all work toÂ some degree. Variety is good! If you love your program, awesome! Do not stop! If you are moving, you are lapping everyoneÂ who is sitting on the couch.