It is always worth deciding to work on your fitness, especially if you count walking to the fridge as your daily exercise! Obviously, to stay healthy you have to do more than this, because your heart isn’t going to be getting the workout it needs. However, before embarking on a new fitness regime there are certain things you need to consider, such as the level of fitness you’re starting from, what you want to achieve from your new fitness regime and how you’re going to achieve it.
It is important to assess how fit you are to begin with because if you don’t you could end up causing yourself some serious damage. If you’re extremely unfit, it may be worth consulting with a doctor, so he can determine whether you’re physically up to a vigorous new workout regime. You don’t want to go out for a long run, only to experience chest pains that could indicate heart problems. By going to the doctor you will have reassurance that you’re in tip-top shape; well, for someone who is rather unfit!
If you know you’re not very fit and that finding the motivation to exercise is going to be a challenge, you should be in a better position to devise a new fitness regime that works for you. There’s no point trying to force yourself to run for miles and miles if this is an activity that you can’t stand. You’re not likely to stay very motivated if you hate the sport you have chosen. Once you’ve decided which sport appeals to you, you can then start training, bearing in mind your level of fitness.
You don’t want to go out too hard for your first training session because you’re brimming with enthusiasm, only to come home limping and in pain. Muscle soreness is to be expected in the beginning, because you’re using muscles that haven’t been used in a long time, but if you find yourself in extreme pain you’ve clearly been pushing yourself too hard. If you pick up an injury when you’re only just embarking on a new fitness regime, you’re going to have to take it easy until you recover, and by that time you may not have the passion for getting fitter as you did before. Thus, you need to push yourself, but not so hard that you hurt yourself badly.
If you can find a sport that you like doing and that suits the kind of person you are –whether a team player or a loner – you will be able to work towards the fitness goals you have set yourself and achieve them without injuring yourself and becoming demoralised.