Exercise Excuse: “I Don’t Know Where to Start”
Kettlebells, hot yoga, Zumba classes? The number of fitness options is overwhelming.
Beat the excuse: To break free of exercise bewilderment, fitness trainer Lisa Workman recommends that you meet with a certified personal trainer at a gym you are interested in joining. “Have the trainer walk you around the fitness center to get you oriented,” says Workman. Trainers will introduce you to the classes and equipment, and offer advice on activities that are best suited to your fitness level and interests. They can even offer suggestions on workout shoes and clothing.
Also, consider your local YWCA or community center; they may offer free passes to their facilities so you can try their programs and equipment without making a huge financial commitment up front. And it’s always a great idea to ask your friends what activities or classes they enjoy. Maybe you can tag along—and gain a fitness buddy in the process!
If you would prefer to exercise at home, there are workout DVDs and smartphone apps on the market that are affordable, easy to understand and perfect for beginners. Workman recommends Leslie Sansone’s Walk at Home DVDs for people starting to exercise. For iPhone users, the Nike Training Club app has programs and videos suitable for both beginners and advanced exercisers.