I wasn’t always fit. In fact, when I was a kid, I avoided exercise as much as possible. My mother was a physical education teacher. I was a bit rebellious. I had learned to swim, play tennis, ride a bike, but I didn’t DO any of them. In my mid-twenties, I saw a hideous picture of myself and knew I had to change.
In the Beginning
I started by walking around the neighborhood listening to Michael Jackson’s Thriller album. On a cassette. It’s true. I started with one song. I worked up to a whole album side (album side? What’s that?). Eventually I was able to walk for the whole album. Do you have favorite music that makes you want to move? Start with that.
By starting slowly, my heart got strong enough to keep going for at least 30 minutes. My muscles got strong enough to support my joints. Yours will, too.
When it was time to start a strength exercise program I found Jane Fonda! Body weight is perfect for easing into an exercise program AND for continuing one. You always have your body weight with you. How convenient. Be conservative when you start. Ten forward lunges + 10 squats are enough for the lower body. Ten arm curls + 10 overhead presses (push your hands straight over your head) with 16-ounce water bottles is a good start for your upper body. See how you feel 48 hours later.
Tip: you don’t need leg warmers to start an exercise program in your living room.
If you have questions about how to start a fitness program, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.