I have received a few desperate queries lately about how to start an exercise program, especially from folks who don’t like to exercise. Basically you are good at what you do, so you have to do it (exercise) to get good at it. I think we like to do things we are good at – we all like to feel accomplished, competent and comfortable. But if you are not doing something – running, swimming, yoga, Pilates, tennis, biking, hula-hoop - how can you become good at it? I know I sound like a Nike ad from the days of yore, but c’mon just do it.
So you don’t run or swim because you are not good at it. Well try swimming or running 3 days a week for a month. Chances are high that after a month you will be a much stronger runner or a better swimmer. Why? Because you practiced.
You know that expression - How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice. How do you become a runner, a swimmer, an ultimate Frisbee player, a soccer gal, or an ace tennis player – you practice.
If you want to run, but never have – try this program to ease you into running, or join a Masters Swimming program. Find a team to join – make friends while you practice. The options are really endless. Just get addicted to exercise.
Reading FitSugar is a great way to start, but now I want you to put all (or at least some) of this advice into practice.
See you on the streets, the track, the field, at the pool, in the yoga studio....you get my point, right?