Wednesday, July 06, 2016

You Don't Have to Be Great to Start But You Have to Start to Be Great

Here's something the big exercise and fitness companies don't want you to know. They aren't making videos for beginners. Okay -- REAL beginners.

Well, ever notice how almost all the people in the exercise videos are in great shape.  Yes I know that is to motivate you, but you don't usually see the people who are uncoordinated, overweight or aerobically challenged.  They have to exercise too right?

As consumers, we don't get to see the people first trying those videos. The ones falling over, having to take breaks or stop all together when they are first starting out. There's a good reason for that too. People would think it's too difficult. Couldn't the fitness companies put them at the end as a blooper reel - just to show the that even paid fitness people lose their balance or fall too. Not to be mean just to show they mess up sometimes too. ;-)

The fact is not everyone can physically do aerobics for 45-50 minutes, or even 20-30 minutes. Not everyone can do a burpee, a pull-up, or squat. Those of us who try new videos and exercise programs occasionally fall, sometimes we can't make it through the entire workout, and yes we even fake our way through till we can actually do it right.

The truth is we are all built different and have different limitations. Whether you have knee problems, a hurt shoulder, are recovering from child birth or just haven't worked out in a long time.

Don't let your limitations be an excuse!

There are still lots you can do to get in shape. It will take time. It will make you sweat. It will be worth it in the end.

Here are a few *free* truly beginner workouts that you can do from the comfort of your own home. - 30 minute beginner workout
Sparkpeople - Coach Nicole's 11 seated workout for those with limited mobility
HASfit - 10 minute seated exercise
Beginning Yoga for Dummies - Great 10 minute videos teaching and showing you how to do common Yoga poses

Don't like videos. Not a problem.

* Go for a walk
* Go up and down your stairs
* Dance to the radio
* Here are 101 more ways to exercise without going to a gym.

Just get moving at your own pace. At your skill level and ability. Do what you can and then do a little more each day.

Always check with your doctor prior to starting any exercise program to be sure you are healthy enough for it.

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