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Nike Was Right: Just Do IT

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?

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SU3 SU3 10 years
Great post! I think it's a great idea to start a program because it helps you get back into it. You know other people will be there so in a way, I think it makes you push yourself to go.
Feesje Feesje 10 years
I am tired of my excuses ("the pool is closed", "my ankle hurts", "I still have to do this and this..."). Nike ís right: I just have to go out there and DO it. No more excuses! I know that I feel better when I excercise regularly, so that's what I should do. Today is het first day in my new, healthy life. :)
Skinplistic Skinplistic 10 years
Fit, your absolutely right! I started running three weeks ago. I finally just had it, I started running everyday! Now, after just three weeks I am running 4-6 miles everyday! Up hills! And, I 've never felt better. Now that I have been doing it consistantly, I've gotten over the internal battle of, "am I gonna go? No, I have other things I need to do..? Now I just do it!
inertia inertia 10 years
I agree with ccsugar. I just joined a gym two months ago to start exercising for the first time EVER. My gym has staff who will show newbies how to use everything and create a basic custom conditioning routine for free, which was great because I had NO idea what to do. I've been making the rounds of all types of beginning classes and found to my surprise that the classes I'd thought I'd like best were boring to me, and some of the ones I'd expected to hate were actually really fun. I'm such a lazy couch potato so it was a shock to find that I enjoyed step aerobics, of all things. (LOL)
lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
good luck! i wanted to take the yoga or pilates classes at my gym but i am VERY inflexible so it is hard to try a class without some individual instruction...i tried about 5-7 classes but had to stop b/vc i never knew if i was doing it properly. maybe ill try a cycling class!
girlwonder76 girlwonder76 10 years
Thanks for this post! My hubby and I are starting a bootcamp for 4 weeks on Monday in order to "jumpstart" our exercise routine. Sometimes I think we think things will be way worse than they really are!
Arthur Arthur 10 years
I'm doing my first masters class at the Y pool on monday morning....wish me luck!
Hanan Hanan 10 years
FitSugar...can you fix your hyperlinks? I think you meant for the link currently attached to 'program to ease you into running' to be attached to 'team to join.' I am interested in that first link as I just this week decided to try running. Thanks!
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
I think it's a good idea to join a gym (if you haven't already) and take some classes, since there are always newbies in there who are in the same boat as you. I felt weird going to my first cardio kick-boxing class, and I wasn't very good... but I stuck with it and after 6 weeks I'm one of the better people in the class! Find something you like, and stick with it.
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