O ne of the biggest mistakes that people make when it comes to starting an exercise program is planning to do too much too soon. I’m not talking about the amount of exertion; I’m talking about the amount of time.
The enthusiasm is there, which is great, but don’t bite off more than you can chew.
The mistake is that people think, “I have 24 hours in a day, so I should be able to fit in an hour or two of exercise.” That’s only partly true. There are 24 hours in a day, but most of them are already being used. If you sleep 8 hours and work 8 hours, you only have 8 hours left. Of that remaining 8 hours, much of it is consumed with errands, chores, commuting, and meals so there may only be 2-3 hours left.
The fact is you’re trying to fit an hour or two of exercise into 2 or 3, not 24.
Start small. Not only isn’t your body ready to exercise; your schedule isn’t ready either. A short 12-20 minute walk or a few sets of push-ups, chin-ups, and lunges is a good way to get started. Once you work that into your schedule, expand from there.
Dr. Marc Tinsley is a health, fitness, and wellness expert who works with organizations who want to stop losing money and be more productive by taking better care of themselves and their members. He takes the fear, difficulty, mystery, and confusion out of health, wellness, and fitness with keynotes, breakouts, workshops, in-services, teleseminars, webinars, coaching, and consulting.