Typically this type of article is written right around New Year’s because people often resolve to start a fitness program. Well, you know what? Anytime is a good time to start working out! But how do you begin? What are the best ways to get started versus ways that fail? Those are good questions that deserve answers!
Why are you here?
The very first thing you need to do is decide how serious you really are about your goal. Far too many people aren’t truly honest with themselves. They might say they want to lose a few pounds but then fail to think about exactly how much work it will be. They spend a little money for a token effort and then give up. So what do you want to do?
Working out can be fun and rewarding, but it still works; thus, ‘work’ is part of the name. It would help if you were mentally prepared and willing to give up time and effort to reach your goal. It is well worth it, but honestly, if you are not going to give it a real go, stop reading and plop back down on the couch.
Still here? Good because you are only blessed with one body and one life in this world, so it makes sense to make the most of what you have.
Join a gym. You might think workout out at home would be better, but it isn’t, and there are many reasons why. In a nutshell, a gym has:
- Better equipment
- More options
- Trained professionals
While you can buy things for your home to work out with, that can get very expensive. Also, it can be hard to stay motivated to work out at home. That is why you always see treadmills and stationary bikes for sale at garage sales. You can’t go to the gym and then watch TV. Also, regular classes allow joining something at a specific time and place with other people to keep motivated.
Find a schedule that works. A lot of people get very gung-ho at first and have expectations of working out all the time. But then they realize they aren’t getting other things done in their life, so they cut back and then quit.
Instead of going overboard initially, find a specific amount of time you can spend at the gym. Try and dedicate yourself to 4 sessions a week to start. If that is manageable and you are having fun, then increase it by a session.
Be consistent with your effort. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was any good-looking body. It takes time to get to your goal, and you can get there if you put in the time week after week. Too many people get impatient and quit. But staying the course leads to a much healthier and happier life.
Educate yourself. In your spare time, learn more about this new hobby you picked up. There are many ways to train, various classes, and all sorts of things you can do to keep yourself interested and have fun while getting into better shape. Don’t just think that you are stuck doing only one thing.
See, that wasn’t too hard or painful. It is a rather simple 4 step process. But it is a process that is very worthwhile for people to follow. As you get older, often you realize how frail health can be and wish you had taken the time to take better care of yourself earlier. Well, it’s not too late right now to get started before tomorrow comes.
10 Biggest Fitness Flops
Have you ever jumped on the bandwagon of the latest exercise fad? Maybe you thought you’d get a beach body in 90 days or tried to whittle your thighs into submission with the thigh master. If you can count yourself among the millions that have fallen for one of the latest exercise crazes, this is for you: The 10 biggest fitness flops of all time.
1. Shake Weight
The premise behind this little dumbbell is simple: hold it, shake it and tone your arms. Unfortunately, the makers of this contraption didn’t stop to think about the suggestive movement necessary to work the weight and the parodies it would spawn.
2. Power Plate
Can you shake your body to a healthier weight? Nah. But that didn’t stop the makers of the Power Plate. The premise? Stand on the vibrating plate and shake yourself, skinny. It seems like a fantastic idea, especially for people who hate to move, but save your money; vibrating yourself thin will never happen.
3. Sauna Suits
People of a certain age may remember seeing the various athletes in their high schools running halls wearing trash bags. Why? Because sweating can help you drop a few pounds of water weight relatively quickly. Enter the Sauna Suit. Working in the same way as a trash bag, the suit makes you sweat and, in reality, lose a couple of pounds. Unfortunately, you’ll gain them back with your next meal.
4. 8 Minute Abs
Think you can get a washboard stomach in just eight minutes a day? If you do, think again. Getting a six-pack requires cardio training, weight lifting, and a seriously healthy diet. Eight minutes a day of any exercise is virtually useless.
It made sense to millions of people: Wear a pair of unstable shoes to improve the strength of your legs. Sadly, studies have shown that Skechers Shape-Ups and Reebok Easy Tones do nothing for your health. That said, plenty of people who are on their feet all day long report that these shoes are super comfy and, therefore, not a total waste.
6. Power Balance
Kudos to the creators of this bracelet and their fabulous marketing scheme. For a mere $30, hundreds of thousands of people have purchased these bracelets that promise to improve balance, flexibility, and strength. Really?
7. Vibration Belts
If you have ever found yourself in front of the television at three in the morning, you may have seen an infomercial for vibration belts. The Vibro-Belt will melt away abdominal fat through electronic muscle stimulation. Or will it? The Federal Trade Commission says no. Don’t fret if you’ve already purchased one; the vibrations feel great after a stressful day.
8. Thigh Master
If you were alive in the ’80s and have a mother, you may have a Thigh Master collecting dust in your attic. Millions of women bought into this craze, squeezing this contraption with abandon. While it does provide some resistance, the Thigh Master won’t get rid of that cottage cheese you see in the mirror.
9. Ab Circle
Unless you want to have a good time, avoid the temptation to purchase one of these “machines.” Your love handles won’t shrink, your muscles won’t tone, and, in fact, you may end up with a fairly sore back.
10. Dumbbell Utensils
Sounds like a joke, right? Weighted utensils are supposed to make it harder to eat and, ultimately, less enjoyable. Thankfully, not many were duped by this crazy cutlery, and the idea never took off.
Don’t feel bad if you have any of these items in your closet; you can always sell them at your next garage sale. Millions of people have gotten duped by the marketing teams behind these products. If you need to lose weight, stick to what works: a healthy diet and proper exercise.