Points to remember when starting exercise
Let's talk about getting started in the wonderful world of healthy exercise.
A question I get asked very often is "Scott, am I too old to start training? I can't even do a press-up!"
The answer is always, as you can probably guess, is NO! You are not.
In fact, there is no time or age limit for deciding to change your life for the better and become the healthiest and fittest version of YOU that you can be.
You can always benefit from getting into exercise, no matter what your age or mobility levels are.
One thing I do tell my clients and athletes to keep in mind, although no time is the wrong time to begin exercising, is to be wary of past and present injuries and anything that is restricting you from performing certain movements and exercises.
What I mean by this is, for example, take someone with weak knees or knee vascus (knee(s) pointing inwards).
If you have this problem, it will majorly restrict your range of motion, flexibility and mobility. If an exercise is done incorrectly, it can hinder your mobility further causing greater problems down the line.
This being said, it is always a good idea to check for these alignments before any bout of exercise is prescribed.
Seeing a physio or chiropractor beforehand can help massively, particularly if you are in any doubt.
Doing this can always show you which areas in particular need strengthening so you can focus on set exercises to help towards that.
Fitness is not a race - work at your own pace
The key with fitness for beginners is to work at your own pace, be patient and build up your strength slowly and you will reap the rewards.
It is not a race, and you are not competing with anyone else as we are all different with individual needs and aspirations.
You can also read some more about fitness for beginners in another blogpost here.
If you are one of those people who is ready to get stuck in, start with some simple movements first.
Check out our choice of membership schemes for exercise you can do without any equipment at all.
Here we show you hundreds of AWESOME exercises aimed at helping you become an all-round healthier, fitter and happier person.
Every week we also have a feature on our website called 'this week's free training', and you can follow the simple instructions to give you an idea of what a membership plan would consist of if you decided to sign up.
And to get a sample of some of our beginners' exercise routines just click on the link below to download the video - here you can work through our warm-up exercises which you always need to do to get your body ready for exercise.
So, to round it all up, make sure you work to YOUR own time frame and never rush a workout or goal.
Listen to your body and work with your body's ability, it will improve the more you keep at it.
Exercise is a medicine best taken in slowly and gradually increased as the person feels is needed.
Take it one step at a time, and remember, it has to be fun as well as effective!