When starting a fitness program, avoid doing too much too soon

Fitness Expert
Many times people get excited about starting a new exercise program and their excitement causes them to try and workout every day sometimes an hour or more per day. Unsurprisingly, what often happens to people who overdo it is that they burn out in the first week or two and end up dropping out of the program.

It is important that people who are just starting a fitness program to understand that it took a period of time for them to get out of shape and it's going to take time before they get themselves back into shape. It is more important that they develop for themselves a weekly training schedule that consists of a recommended four days of training for 30 to 45 minutes per day in a week and stick to it. Furthermore, they should try and do something (i.e. 10 – 15 minutes) on each of their scheduled days even if they don't have the time or energy to do the entire 30 – 45 minutes workout. By doing the bare minimum, they train themselves to stay on schedule and often time they will find themselves doing the entire scheduled amount of minutes once they get started.

You see by the yard it's hard, but inch by inch anything is a cinch. Those who consistently train using a good fitness program invariably see positive results in six to eight weeks. I recommend that anyone whose primary goal is to lose weight to put more emphasis on doing cardio (e.g. jogging, swimming, jumping rope, etc.) and less emphasis on resistance training. For example, one might consider doing three days of cardio and one day of resistance training. However, there are programs available that allow you to get both cardio and muscle toning fitness at the same time by using light weights, high repetition and quick transition between exercises. Nonetheless, even with these type of programs, if you have a lot of weight to lose, you still might want to put emphasis on doing the cardio exercises. Needless to say, minimizing your caloric and carbohydrate intake will also be very important.