It is not necessary to join a gym or buy expensive
equipment to get fit. You can start an exercise program in the comfort of your
home that can help you lose weight and get into shape. The basics of any fitness
plan include aerobic conditioning, strength training and improving flexibility
and no special equipment is required.
The aerobic portion of your fitness plan can be
accomplished by walking or running. The only expense is an investment in good
shoes which will protect your feet and legs from injury. Start with walking a
mile and then increase the distance as you pick up the pace. If you are looking
for a more challenging activity try jumping rope or running short sprints with a
brief period of rest in between.
When it comes to strength training you may want to invest
in a pair of dumbbells to use in your home gym but it is not necessary. There
are a number of exercises that can be done which will strengthen muscles without
weights. Push-ups and sit-ups are examples of this type of strength training.
Another excellent way to work muscles is with a resistance band. You can use
this band to mimic many of the same exercises that you would perform on nautilus
equipment in a gym.
Flexibility training is another aspect of your exercise
program which can be done at home. Simple stretching activities will work very
well and you can incorporate yoga moves into your routine. These exercises will
help your body heel faster and improve the results that you are achieving
through your other activities.
There is no doubt that entering a gym can be intimidating
for someone, especially if they have not worked out in a long time. It is
natural to feel self conscious working out along side someone who has been doing
it for awhile and is in excellent shape. By working out at home, you can avoid
comparing how you are doing to everyone else. Once you develop some confidence
in your appearance and feel better about yourself you might want to get into the
gym to take advantage of the wider assortment of exercises that it offers.