You have no doubt seen the advertisements – “Use Our ABC Exercise Program and in Only 3 Minutes a Day You Will Be a Fat-Free, Musclebound God or Goddess in Just 1 Month.”
You have been inactive for a while. You have enjoyed a rather sedentary lifestyle, with little activity, and now you want to start exercising. That is great. The benefits of exercise can improve your mind and body substantially.
However, you shouldn’t expect miracles when you just start out.
Did you begin running the day after you first started to walk as a toddler? Probably not. A week after you first started swimming you were probably not in the Olympics. Nor should you expect working out after long periods of being sedentary to deliver immediate results.
The good news is, you will start to feel better quickly. Sitting can truly kill you, and it is proven to take years off of the average human lifespan. So anything you do other than sitting on your rump is going to make you start to feel better instantly.
Just don’t fall victim to the ridiculous promises made by some TV pitchmen and Internet sales pages.
A consistent and repetitive exercise program will eventually deliver the health benefits you are trying to achieve. Just keep at it. You probably know you should start off slow in the beginning. This keeps you from becoming injured, and ditching your exercise program all together.
The story of the hare and the tortoise is applicable here. Slow and steady wins the race, so adopt a regular exercise routine. Stick to it, week after week, month after month, and you will eventually achieve the results you’re looking for.