Going from the Couch to Muscle Beach? Don’t Expect Instant Miracles…

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This isn’t said to discourage you, but to make sure you go in with realistic expectations. Soon every channel will bombard us with weight loss commercials. We’ve all seen the ones where it says “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.”

If you have been inactive for a while and have had a rather sedentary lifestyle, this is awesome news! I don’t need to tell you that exercise can improve your mind and body substantially.

However, you shouldn’t expect miracles when you just start out.

Break it back to a young kids. Kids don’t come out of the womb sprinting. They crawl, then walk and then you’re chasing them all over your house. A week after you first started swimming you were probably not going to challenge Michael Phleps to a race. Nor should you expect working out after long periods of being sedentary to deliver immediate results. It’s going to take time, but the good news is, you will start to feel better quickly.

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.

Flash back to your fairytales of the story of the hare and the tortoise. Slow and steady wins the race, to help stay with a healthy living program. Stick to it, week after week, month after month, and you will eventually achieve the results you’re looking for.

Looking to get started before the new year? Grab these 10 workouts, that can be done at home, gym or hotel room with little no equipment

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