If your goal is to get in shape or start working out, then the best advice I can give you is, “Just do something – slightly more than what you are currently doing.” I know that is very vague, but we all need to start somewhere. It does not have to be much.
Depending on your fitness level, you may start by going for a short walk 2-3 times a week. After a month, you may feel comfortable with this and decide to lift weights another two days a week. After another month, you may progress the length of your walks from 20 to 40 minutes.
Even though it may not seem like much, this would be great progress for many people.
One of the biggest mistakes I see people make is trying to take on too much at first and getting burnt out. Whatever you goal is, you need to have a progressive plan to reach it, otherwise you will lose motivation or possibly even get injured.
Unfortunately, a lot of people are intimidated to begin working out because they believe they need to “crush” themselves to get in a good workout. There are some shows on these days (I am not going to mention any names, but let’s just say that I am not a huge fan of them) where “celebrity trainers” are putting overweight individuals through really difficult workouts. Some of the show covers the workouts, and many times a trainee will be on the verge of crying or throwing up because they are so fatigued.
This is not needed! The success of a workout should not be defined by an amount of sweat and exhaustion.
At IFAST, we tailor each individual’s workout program to his or her needs. We perform a thorough assessment to determine weaknesses and limitations and write a program based on those findings and the person’s goals. We never define a workout as successful based on the amount of exhaustion we can induce. We are very focused on quality movement and steady progress.
We also rely heavily on client feedback to write future programs and make changes to current workouts. For example, if a client comes in and has had a very stressful day or did not sleep much the night before, then I will make changes to the workout right then and there to account for this. Performing a very stressful and taxing workout will not be beneficial to this person. However, getting in some light movement and breaking a little sweat will be beneficial.
Therefore, if you are worried that you are too out of shape to get started or are unsure as to how to start on your path to achieving your goal(s) then consider coming to see us or give us a call at 317-578-0998. We will ease you into a program that matches your goals and current fitness level and get you started down the path to real success.