Fitness 101, Getting Started Right
By Kayla Howard
So it’s a new year and you’d like a newly shaped body to go with this new year. That’s fabulous!!! The only burning question you have is…where do I start?
As someone who has tried several workout routines, several diets and lived in the land of desperation, I will share what I’ve learned from those places and from my own successes.
The simplest, cheapest forms of exercise continue to be walking or running. Walking is in fact one of the best exercises of all time…it’s been said you use more muscle when walking than when running. Walking is one of the best ways to lose weight and build a balanced body—especially when you use great anatomical alignment or “form.” Running does burn of fat quickly, but over time produces wear and tear on your body from the impact. If you choose to run, I suggest you add exercises that targets muscles not used while running.
The goal of a fitness program should never be merely to lose weight. Building a balanced body that is structurally sound is of more benefit in the long run. It helps prevent injury or poor posture.
There are many, many exercise programs out there. Obviously my favorite is one called T-Tapp. When you begin choosing which program is right for you, these are the things I like to keep in mind:
- Don’t pick a long workout if you have a very busy life. A short workout done is better than a long workout owned.
- Be aware of what equipment you will need for a chosen workout, (hand weights, balls, etc)
- If you can’t dance, a dance workout may frustrate you. If you like to dance, well then…don’t buy a yoga workout. If jumping makes you wet your pants, I wouldn’t suggest a high impact workout. Etc…
I chose T-Tapp because it made sense. I like things that are logical and rational. I like explanations and reasons why. T-Tapp provided that for me—there is a reason for each move. It goes much deeper than just losing weight.
Finally, it’s not important to worry about you diet at first.
I know that you want to see results quickly, and I’ve felt that desperate feeling but desperation is your enemy. When we allow ourselves to become desperate, we’ve lost our sense of self control and given our authority up.
Listen, if you only add exercise, you will see results. Don’t worry about your diet until you’ve established good exercise habits—then look at how you can improve your eating.
2013 is YOUR year to achieve your best body!