Working Out: Getting Started
Most of us don’t have a lot of time to work out. If you are currently doing nothing, what about starting walking for 5 minutes a day? Everyone can find 5 minutes to carve out in a day. Just do it; you’ll love it. You’ll feel so much better after you do it. After a week, up it to 10 minutes, at least 3 to 5 times a week. You can get moving!! Don’t talk about it; do it!! Don’t complain about the way you look; if you don’t like it, change it.
I used to have time to have hour long runs multiple times a week. No longer is this the case (I know. I’m starting to sound like Yoda.). The more intense the workout, the shorter you’ll be able to last anyway. If you want to be done sooner, work intensely. If you want speedier results, work intensely. You get the picture.
Jonathan is really great at this with his short workouts. His workouts can be done even if you are new to exercising. Just use lighter weights, and/or work to an achievable intensity.
Short bursts of intense effort dispersed throughout the workout is better for fat burning than long workouts with no bursts. The bursts only need to be about 30 seconds-2 minutes. For instance, if you are on a walk, try running for 30 seconds to 2 minutes, and then walk again.
You can do it, but probably not from the couch. “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 ESV). You’re going to love the way you feel. There is nothing like a hard-earned rest day and a gratifying soreness from appropriately-worked muscles.
There are lots of things that can help you stay the course, from having a workout partner to keeping your exercises enjoyable, but that’s for another conversation. For now…just get moving! And whatever you do, have fun!
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