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Introduction to Fitness

Updated on October 11, 2013

Starting A Routine

Fitness is a topic that may be touchy for some and exciting for others. In either case, it is an important addition to everyday life. Fitness reaches far and wide and is done in many ways, ranging from grinding it out in the gym to taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator. Fitness is useful for everyone; it keeps athletes in good condition to perform well and keeps the everyday person in good health.

There are a wide number of benefits which can be attained from a fitness routine and here are a few examples:

1. Strengthens the immune system to ward off disease

2. Helps with managing stress and lowers risk of depression

3. Makes the heart stronger and promotes healthy circulation

4. Helps maintain a healthy body composition

5. Keeps the body’s organs vital and promotes longevity

6. Reduces fatigue from everyday tasks

7. Helps healthy bones, muscles, and joints

Before starting a fitness routine, a few things must be considered. The first and foremost thing to consider is safety, it wouldn't be wise for a 65 year old with heart problems to jump out of bed and run a marathon. In order to start a routine, it is best to start out at a comfortable level if you're a beginner, because trying to push yourself too hard too fast will only result in a failed effort and have no benefits in the long run.

People come up with many reasons to avoid a fitness routine and the only legitimate one is being physically unable to do so, but for everyone else, there should be no excuse. Some of the most common excuses are as follows:

1. I cannot afford a gym membership

(I completely understand gym memberships and even fitness equipment can be expensive. There is no need to go to a gym or own fancy equipment to maintain a good fitness routine.)

2. I don't have the time, I'm too busy

(If you have time to read this blog, you have time to exercise. One important thing to remember is you only get one body, so take care of it.)

3. I'm not in very good shape and don't like others watching me

(This goes back to not needing to be in a gym to exercise. If you must go to the gym, find a time when there are fewest people there. If the previous two don't work, then just ignore what's around you and focus on what you're trying to accomplish.)

4. I'm already in pretty good shape so I don't need to exercise

(Let's go ahead and eliminate this excuse right away, exercise goes far beyond what shape you're in. Everyone benefits from exercise and if you're already in good physical condition, then why not give your body what it needs to maintain good health.)

5. I don't want to bulk up

(For all the women out there who avoid strength training because you don't want to bulk up, don't worry you won't. What causes men to bulk up is testosterone and since women have estrogen, their muscles don't bulk up without either steroid use and/or some hard core iron pumping. The people in the muscle magazines whose muscles are grossly over-sized most likely use steroids.)

6. I don't know any exercises I could do

(This is an excuse which can be understood on a conditional basis, because everyone is at a different fitness level, not everyone is going to knock out 50 push-ups and not everyone feels safe to go out and jog. There are many exercises that can be done from doing arm circles in a wheelchair to filling a bucket full of water to do bicep curls.)

7. I feel sore whenever I work out

(Depending on what you do, this may be an inevitable thing. Muscle soreness comes from 2 main causes. You don't exercise on a consistent basis, so when you do, your body really feels it. There is the possibility of exercising incorrectly, for which there is an importance of proper form, which will keep adverse effects at bay. It is better to be sore the day after a good workout than to be sore all the time from a weakened body.)

Now that the excuses are out of the way, we can start our more active lifestyle. We all have heard or seen the advice to "Consult a physician prior to any fitness routine". Actually if you fail to engage in routine physical activity, you will have to consult a physician. Physicians prescribe medicine and perform surgery and the purpose of a fitness routine is to minimize your need to see a doctor. If you believe that exercise may be dangerous for you do to based on your medical history, then you should probably consult a specialist to properly prescribe a routine that's safe for you.

Starting a fitness routine promotes health, saves money, and makes good sense. For more information stay tuned, comment, or feel free to contact me.


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    • Verna MacKay profile image

      Verna E MacKay 4 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      Hi ! I like your article and the contents written therein. Keeping fit does wonders for the body and keeps us healthy. Keep writing. Have a great day.

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      homegymjock 4 years ago

      Ohh the excuses! I can definitely identify these excuses. I've heard these and more, much more often than I wanted to. Thanks for educating people.

      The first excuse is the one I despise the most. It's the reason why I started writing about working out at home and got my own home gym. It's actually so, so much more cheaper and easier to effectively work out at home than at a commercial gym.

      Following you. I like your stuff!

      - Jonas

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      Joe Cseko jr 6 years ago from New York, USA, Earth

      I found this article simply because you'd become my "fan". This is a very sound approach, and a very realistic view of some of the most important facets of a fitness routine.

      As far as the "excuses" not to exercise, there are very few sound excuses. As I tell my clients, "I don't accept excuses from myself, so the lack of acceptance from you is just business, nothing more". This is how I live my entire life...

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Great hub! These are great reasons to start up a fitness routine, and also to answering common objections people can give to starting. Thank you for sharing!