Beginners Guide to Fitness

Author: Female For Life | 31 Aug 2011

For many of us the last time we did any exercise was back in high school and even then we never looked at ourselves as athletes. The thing is the human body is a machine. We are physical human beings and not using your body and keeping it well oiled means that like with every machine it will be prone to breaking down.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. There is no time like the present to get up and get active. Here are some steps to follow to help you on your journey to better health.

Get Fit Step #1

Get off the Couch: The first step is just that – take one step at a time. “On average, we move 17km less per day than a person living 100 years ago,” says exercise physiologist Christine Armarego. In the modern world, the use of incidental exercise has all but been eliminated from our lives. We have all sorts of machines to replace what we used to do with our bodies from cars to washing machines. Start by walking to the shops to get your milk instead of getting in the car.

Get Fit Step #2

Discover what you love: Saying “I HATE exercising” is like saying “I HATE cheese” – there are so many varieties that you couldn’t possibly lump them all in the same category. Test out a few. You can try walking running, team sports, strength training, toning. Whatever you do start small and don’t injure yourself.

Get Fit Step #3

Break Down the barriers: It takes 3 weeks to build a habit. So start by putting together an exercise plan for a least a month. That way you feel prepared and organised. Use the Female For Life FREE Fitness Exercise Plan which guides you to getting a well balanced fitness plan together.

Get Fit Step #4

Rewire your mind: Positive Thinking is a crucial part of getting onto the wagon. You brain is the most powerful force in your body and if you have the positivity and conviction to get fit, you will. Also try hang out with other positive people who have similar goals. You will rub off on each other. IT feels good to feel good!

Get Fit Step #5

Be comfortable and confident: 87% of women have at one time stopped exercising because their activewear is too uncomfortable. Make sure you buy some good quality activewear that is both functional and fashionable. If you look good you will feel good which will keep you motivated. Similarly when you are comfortable you will focus more on pushing yourself harder than on re-arranging your fitness clothing to be comfortable.