Just like a lot of people today, I live a sedentary life. I sat in front of a television for most of my adolescence and today nearly all my work is done sitting at a computer. I never did any sports growing up and enjoyed being comfortable on the couch. With all that going for me, you can imagine my opinion when it comes to physical activity.
Yes, exercise is one of the main points in order to lose and maintain weight. But what do you do when you’re really starting from the bottom? Do you throw yourselves into the fire like take a circuit training Boot Camp class at your gym (like I did one time not knowing what I was getting myself into-I never felt so tired and out of breath after 45 minutes)? Is it better to start low impact exercises then work your way up to high intensity? What exactly is the best way to incorporate exercise?
I find that doing low impact exercises is a good way to get my body used to exercise. Whenever it’s walking nonstop for 45 minutes, step aerobics, or yoga the point is to just get the body moving. And before you say “Walking is not exercise,” try walking 20 blocks north/south (equivalent to one mile) in New York City. First time I did this I was TIRED! Starting slows builds a foundation for my strength so I can keep pushing forward. Walking can lead to spinning/Zumba which can lead to circuit training. And once you have moved into more intense exercises you can use the low impact activities as a cool down or stretches.
And one day soon I hope to be able to retake that Boot Camp class and not feel like I’m losing breath.
Do you do any low impact exercises? What’s your favorite? Do you think it’s better to build a tolerance for physical activity?