Getting started with any type of fitness program can be an overwhelming idea for someone who has never tried. What to do, when to do it, and how long? The best way to approach exercise is one day at a time with some thing that you like to do. So take some time and think about it. Understanding what your Resting Metabolic Rate is (RMR) can be a great way to start. Simply take your current weight and multiply it by 10. This should tell you how many calories you need to maintain your weight. Then you can add or subtract calories from your RMR to achieve the desired goal weight.
If eating is what you like to do, walk to your closest restaurant of choice on a nice day. It does not have to be hot and sunny, a slight drizzle with an umbrella with your significant other could be a great way to raise your heart rate while you take in some fresh air. Simply subtracting 250 calories a day from your diet can total 2lbs weight lose in one month. Consuming plenty of water is also a great way of flushing toxins from your body. Several times throughout the day you lose fluid from your body through breathing, sweat, body temperature, and several other facts which can create signs of hunger. In fact, what you are really may be feeling is signs of dehydration. So load up in the fluids!
By now you have done several things to improve your health before you have even physically started exercising. You should be feeling much more confident with a renovated sense of health, and ready to get after a fitness routine. So just start moving a little more. You do not need a gym membership or any fancy equipment, just the will to move. There are several books and videos online to help the average person. Getting a heart rate monitor can be a great piece of equipment to keep track of your calories burned.
Now that your on the fitness journey, the need to improve your muscle tone is very important. Muscle is the most active tissue in your body, meaning that it burns more calories than any other tissue in the body. Muscle drives your metabolism. The more you have, the more calories you burn. So it is important for you to incorporate a strength training program into your weekly routine. Many of these routines include circuit training, moving from one exercise to the next. Doing 2-3 sets of 10-12 repetitions. If that sounds a little overwhelming, just do some good old 'Push ups!
Push ups engage the whole body when done correctly. They work several major muscle groups in the upper body like the Chest, Back, Shoulders, and Triceps. While also forcing secondary stabilizing muscles to support the entire kinetic chain. So the myth of having a “fear” of exercise is really just not understanding where to start or what to do.