trying to get back into shape.
This is probably something that has been on before but i will give it a try. I am 27 years old and have not been working out since high school. I was just wondering if anyone had any good work out plans that seem to be working for them and that may be for a beginer. The biggest thing for me is staying motivated. As you know the new year is quickly coming so for the new year there are many things that i am going to change with my self and my physical condition is the number one thing so any help would be great. Thanks and merry christmas and god bless you and your family
Don't look for the fast results
I'm a 42 year old firefighter, from Michigan. Just over a year ago, I was ventillating a roof that had wooden shake shingles on it. I cut the hole with a pick head axe, it's all I had avaialbe, so I used it. I couldn't believe how much huffing and puffing I was doing and far out of shape I obviously was. I'm 5'10", and was at 225 pounds, and my 36" waist jeans were too tight. I decided that enough was enough.
I do sit ups, push ups, and use my wife's eliptical machine. I try to work out every other day, and started with one mile on the eliptical, 20 sit ups, and 10 push ups. I now do 3.1 miles on the eliptical, 100 sit ups, and sometimes 100 push ups, but seldom that many. Too many push ups hurt my rotator cups, which is another disadvantage of getting older! Build up slowly, I increased my miles, by .10 every week until I got to 3.1, which is a 5k run. Same thing with the push ups, and sit ups. Build up slowly! I do the sit ups in reps of 20, and the push ups in reps of 10, with 30 seconds between reps.
I did watch what I ate, I cut out all deserts (at first), reduced my food intake by a third. All I did was take my normal portion, decided what a third of it was , and moved it off of my plate. All the fast food went away. I love fast food, give me a quarter pounder, or a whopper and I'm in heaven, but I knew they had to go. I probably drink too much pop, but I drink diet, and I didn't reduce my intake.
I secretly documented my weight every saturday morning, and compared the first Saturday of each month to the first saturday of the previous month. Don't look for weekly changes, this won't happen all at once. You do see a change on a monthly basis. I decided that this was personal, and I didn't share my progress with anyone, not even my wife, but trust me, everyone will eventually notice.
I'm proud to say that I've lost 35 pounds, and I've seen muscle develpment. I'm in 34" waist jeans now, and they're comfortable. I feel much better, and I did all of this in my living room, while my family and I watched TV.
You can do this, I know you can, but take your time. Best of luck.