WAAAY Out of shape - where to start?
Welcome! You are in much better shape than a lot of folks, including me 4 years ago - and you're much younger.
I suspect you are more interested in health, endurance and fitness rather than strength or appearance. So, with that in mind, why not start off by doing a set number of bodyweight exercises per day (e.g., pushups, dips, crunches, other things that don't need a gym) and taking up some aerobic exercise like running or cycling. And to get you to want to stay motivated, sign up for a 1-mile fun run or, if you are up for a bigger challenge, a 5K run 4 months from now. Run it with your kid(s). You will not want to let them or yourself down and will feel compelled to get in sufficient shape to complete the task.
My 2 cents.
Thanks for the reply - I am glad that someone did finally! I was beginning to think that I was a lost cause!
Thanks for the good words, but I certainly do not feel that I am in much better shape that a lot of folks - but it is helpful to know.
As far as the motivation, those are some good ideas. I do know that when I do finish some physical activities, though tired, I do feel pretty good! I have a feeling that will help my motivation along so long as I stick to a regimen.
And you are correct in what I am interested in. While I would like to eventually get a little more muscle mass and definition, to me wellness and fitness is much more important. (I have heard that a lot of body builders are very out of shape! (aerobically that is!, which makes some sense).
On a side note, I see your signature about the Ironman - when I was a kid they used to have Ironkid triathalons here and I always participated. I was never any good at them (mainly due to poor - or lack of) training, but it was still fun nonetheless! Wish they still had those - my kids love running!
i would say the first thing you should do is try to quit smoking. i quit cold turkey or you can try a hypnotist. whatever works. you'd probably be able to breath much better. try not to over exert yourself when working out, start off slow and work yourself up. you'll get stronger and stronger each day. read around on the forum, there is a lot of helpful information already posted. and i'm sure others that are more knowledgeable than i can offer you more advice. good luck in your goals!
Last edited by Lillian; Apr. 24/09 at 12:59 PM.
HI again sm!
Here is your post telling all about you....
I think you should definitely just take it one day at a time and you will eventually get there. At least you have found that you are out of shape and you are looking to change your ways.
I do agree with Lillian about the smoking... You REALLY should give that up! But then again you know that...
I look forward to seeing your progress.
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