How to Start Exercising If You’re Unfit

If you’re unfit, it can be hard to know where to begin with exercise. The problem is, when you’re unfit you may find it harder to motivate yourself, and you might get injured more easily than fitter people.

However, do NOT let this deter you from doing something about your fitness levels.

The first step is to talk to a doctor, especially if you’re very overweight or suffer from any medical problems.

The next step is to start working out. This means choosing an activity that (a) appeals to you and (b) suits your current lifestyle. For example, don’t commit to going to the gym if you live miles away from one. Instead, you could start jogging outside.

The good thing is that there are a number of fitness programs that will take you from complete beginner level. For example, if you wanted to start running, you could start by walking and then running for very small periods of times (e.g. 1 minute) before moving up.

Although it might seem like you’re starting too small, you’d be amazed at the progress you can make in a short space of time!

Here are a few tips to get you started:

* Make a schedule for your week and stick to it. Plan workout days and rest days. At first, you might only plan 3 workout days as you ease into it.
* Stick to your schedule at ALL costs. Eventually, it’ll become a habit.
* Set goals and track your progress. You’ll be much more motivated when you see that you’re improving.
* If it helps, download a fitness app to your phone. There are so many out there, try searching for your preferred workout activity.

Now it’s time to find an activity that works for you.

Ready to start exercising but not sure where to begin? Join certified personal trainer Jessica Smith for this efficient and effective workout that uses just your body weight, a chair and a wall to help develop strength, stamina and learn proper form for basic exercises like squats, planks and push ups.

Try this workout 1-3 non consecutive days per week to begin a regular exercise habit.

Beginners, start here! If you are new to exercise, this is the workout for you. Join certified trainer and wellness coach Jessica Smith and her Mom Debbie for this at home workout that uses everyday household objects (a chair and a broom!) to help you start sweating safely.

Level: Beginner

Equipment: A sturdy chair, a broom (or similar object such as a mop, swiffer or dowel)

Intensity: Low to Moderate