Many people really don’t know where to get started when it comes to starting an exercise regimen. The words exercise regimen may in fact scare the sweat out of some people. But starting a workout regimen could be a very easy task if people know how to evaluate their ability to do workouts by testing their flexibility, strength, and stamina. One of the problems people face is trying to do more than they are ready for and a lot of times an overzealous fitness trainer may be the culprit in making people sour to fitness activity.
If one has not done exercise for a long time because maybe they may have been living a sedentary lifestyle, most often they might start out walking, which is okay, but what the body really needs is some muscle molding, fat trimming toning to go with the walking. Some intense exercise is needed to accomplish that mission. Intensity in the way of focused training so that actual goals are being set and accomplished to ensure outcomes are being made. Exercise should also be gear towards body function-ability. Simply meaning being able to do basic task with ease such as sitting down, reaching, or bending without stressing muscles or joints, and not feeling light headed or off balance when doing either. Having shortness of breath when climbing stairs or walking short distances should be an extreme warning sign that the body needs redemption from staying sedentary.
The easiest way to start conditioning the body may simply start by doing breathing exercises, because basically most people do not breathe to their full potential. The next endeavor is to test your abdominal strength by laying flat on the floor in a supine (on your back) position with arms stretched out strait above your head and feet together; like a reverse superman flying position. Then take a deep breath and exhale to sit up with hands reaching for your toes. Now that is the purist form of sit-up one can do. That is your first evaluation test and if you cannot sit up without assisting yourself then you know you have a problem. If you don’t want to lay on the floor because you know it is going to be a problem to get back to your feet, well you have a bigger problem and you just admitted it to yourself. But that may be your moment of truth when the light bulb tells the brain to make some changes fast.
The second test of one’s physical ability is to lay prone (belly down) on the floor with feet together (with toes touching the floor) hands palms down near your shoulders and attempt to push up to support your body weight (with arms extended), and count how long you can hold yourself up. If you cannot hold your body weight up for at least ten seconds, or if you are afraid to get in that position for fear of not being able to get up; you have a serious situation and you simply have to do something about it.