If you are looking to get started on a fitness routine or returning after a long layoff, it is very important to start out slow! The most common mistake is jumping into a very intense workout routine that you are not prepared to start or finish!
The more effective format is to start with less intense forms of activity that will allow your body to slowly build up its ability to adapt and progress over time. This ensures long-term success and lower risk of injury that many people suffer from due to doing too much too soon. It is hard to imagine but starting off slow and letting this natural adaptation process take place will get you to your desired goal much faster than trying to force results with things such as bootcamps or other high intense exercise formats. These training styles should only be used when you have already built a solid base of conditioning. Once your foundation is established, you are then prepared to add more intensity to your endeavors.
Just 4-6 weeks of basic conditioning can be a great step in the right direction for building a solid foundation that will support years of positive results and consistent progression. Make sure you address balance by focusing on cardiovascular fitness, strength training, flexibility and of course…disciplined nutrition!
Don’t be afraid to ask for help, so go to your nearest gym and consult with a fitness professional that can help you draft a simple plan for getting started. Don’t be shy, don’t be lazy, be creative, be consistent and keep an open mind!