3. GET A CHECKUP. Having a physical is a wise decision, because it will help assure you'll attain the most benefits with the least amount of risks. If you smoke, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or are overweight, it's doubly important. Remember, this is about starting right.
4. STRUCTURE You will need guidance. That's where eDiets comes into play. Our site is marvelous for beginners. When registering, you are asked to input your goals, current activity level, health history and several other measurements. We then provide a program that matches your goal and your current fitness level.
You receive a nutrition program and complete exercise descriptions. I know what you're thinking, "Yes, but how do I know if I'm really doing things correctly?" Don't worry. If you ever have a question related to your program, we have a team of personal trainers and dietitians ready to assist you. You will not be left alone.
5. GET REAL. Take a close look at your schedule and be realistic concerning how many days and how much time you can realistically devote to exercise. This is going to be long-term, so it has to be based on reality.
Too many people start working out every day and think that's the best approach. Wrong! Maybe you only have two to three days to devote to exercise and only 45 minutes for each session. It's the combination of efficient nutrition and exercise that will yield the greatest benefit, not simply excessive exercise. That's a sure way to experience burn out.
6. EDUCATE YOURSELF. You'll need to develop an understanding of concepts such as repetitions, sets, cardio, etc. Again, we can help. When you get to the fitness program, you'll be lead to a glossary of fitness terminology that will help get you started in the right direction. This will give you a good overall understanding of many fitness terms you may have heard in the past.
7. EAT. Begin to get an understanding of how food affects the body. I'm not asking you to become a nutrition guru. Simply try to understand, for example, what happens to your body when you have a big bowl of pasta compared to a smaller amount of pasta combined with chicken and a small Caesar salad.