There’s no better time than spring to deal with the ‘winter coat’ of excess fat and low fitness. If you are new to a fitness programme, try this four-point guide to get you started.
There’s no escape – getting fit requires regular effort. A workout that you don’t enjoy will be a real chore, so spend a few minutes thinking what you would like to do. It may be a gym workout, a fitness class, a run, a swim – all that matters is that you are going to do it and do it regularly. Fitness passes and taster sessions mean that you can try out different things.
No-one can out-exercise a bad diet. The right food in the right quantities is essential for everyone, and even more so for those wanting to build fitness and control weight.
Before you dash to the shops or the keyboard, remember that the cupboards of the nation are full of dust-covered fitness equipment. This is why it is important to find the exercise that suits you before getting kitted up. If you prefer home workouts, a basic kit of mats, weights and fitness ball (or Bosu ball) are all you need. If you are heading for a gym, they will have all of that ready and waiting. Most people need only some simple fitness clothes and a pair of trainers to get started.
To get and stay fit, you need a combination of cardio fitness and strength work. Both are essential for health as well as fitness, but neither needs to be complex. The planning has all been done for you with hundreds of ideas available online. Try the famous ‘couch to 5k’, or this four week ‘zero to hero’ plan.
It doesn’t take long – stick to your plan and in a month you won’t know yourself.
I've also been there with the wasted money on equipment. But that's part of the learning curve and I think everyone goes there once in their fitness lives. Now i know what works for me, but as a beginner I was pretty clueless and had to try everything!
oh dear, yes, 'cupboards full of equipment' - been there! It's much easier to get to the gym, they've got everything and I don't need to store it.