You want to drop a few pounds and tighten up trouble areas, but you’re not sure where to begin. How do you start your weight-loss journey? It’s simple, exercise. That’s not to say that getting fit is easy, which would suggest it doesn’t require any work. Exercise is work. You have to make the effort to select health foods and move more.
Laying the Groundwork
Let’s be honest, lots of people plan to start an exercise program; but many give up. From the group that actually does start, only a portion of those individuals stick with their plan long enough to actually alter their lifestyle.
Why? There are two reasons. First, people never prepare themselves for a new exercise routine. What is the goal? How long will it take? People just show up at the gym without a plan. They go through the motions and a few weeks later give up because they don’t see results. No plan, no goals, no progress, no results.
Second, people overestimate their abilities. Training twice a day sounds better than once. Training seven days each week is better than five. Right away people want to lift heavier weights, go on long runs, and bring more intensity to their workouts. This might sound great, but it’s completely unrealistic and unsustainable. Going from relaxing to doing intense workouts is a recipe for disaster.
The trick to creating an effective routine is to be honest about your current fitness level. Ask yourself what are your goals, how long you will take to get there, and how much time you can commit to exercise? With those thoughts lingering in your mind, give this two-week exercise plan a try. Make these workouts work for you, on your schedule, and based on your fitness level.