I’ve done a lot of exercising in my 55 years. Some was well thought out and planned, and other times, well, not so much. The first step everyone should complete, before a dumbbell is picked up, or the tread mill is stepped upon, is to have a goal.
What is it that you want to achieve? Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to pack on muscle? Do you want to firm up those abs and that back side? There can be quite a few goals when it comes to exercise. Now that I am 55 and still fighting coronary artery disease, my objectives have changed. At one time in my life I wanted to build muscle. This meant a regimen of lifting heavier weights. The amount of sets and number of reps in those sets, along with the rest in between was designed for muscle-building. That is a completely different program than what would be designed for someone looking to lose weight, or simply “tone” their body for golf or other similar sports.
There are many variables that go into exercising, and many different exercises. They all lead to certain results. So, you decide you want to get in shape, which is the first step, and before you step one foot into the gym, think about what it is you want to accomplish. It is at that point you can construct a workout plan that helps meet your objectives. Your choice will be to do it on your own, or get help from a personal trainer. With the complexity involved in exercising, the latter is recommended.
I will finish with this, moving is better than sitting still. For those wanting to lose weight, it is simple, burn more calories than you consume. Understand this, most people start a program and somewhere along the way, stop. Heck, many New Year’s resolutions are probably already broken. Secondly, fitness planning is a very complex subject for the average person. I always recommend to get help. After learning what I now know about fitness training, I realize that I made some major mistakes in the past when it comes to working out. Those mistakes led to injury and loss of motivation. That is what you want to avoid. You want a sustainable plan, where you can see positive results, and a plan that avoids injury and leads to long term success.
So best of luck in reaching your fitness goals in 2017. If you need help, give me a shout.