If you haven’t exercised for a long time, it can be hard to start a fitness program in order to get back into shape. The logic of this statement can’t be denied when you take into account how you are living your life at present. First, you have developed life habits that do not include exercise. You must face the fact that you have a lot of work cut out for you, especially if you are severely out of shape. In fact, you must accept the reality that you are going to have challenges that are not only physical, but psychological as well. Moreover, it will be worth it in the long run if you can simply begin a good fitness program and stick with it. You are responsible for the level of your health and the quality of your life. These factors rely on you to take affirmative action to ensure both.

Even so, if you haven’t exercised for a long time, you will be well advised to take it slow in the beginning. Many people, who decide they want to get fit, haven’t done any kind of exercises for years. The first step to any fitness program, of course, is to get clearance from your medical advisor, especially if you are past your middle thirties. You also need to take into account any pre-existing health conditions that you might have. When your doctor has given you the green light, start slow and always warm up with some upper and lower body stretches. Then, just do enough exercise to get your heart rate elevated if you are doing cardio type workouts.

Sometimes, however, when a person begins an exercise program, they automatically realize they need to eat more food. Exercising is making increased demands on your body, so the need for more nourishment is nothing unusual.

You won’t have any negative ramifications (such as gaining weight) from eating the extra food, as long as you stick to your same level of exercise. You have to be sure to include all the food groups – in the right proportions – into your diet when you work out. This is a very important factor to your success. It’s equally important to stay away from foods and drinks that are full of sugar and empty calories. One important component to add to your daily routine is supplementation. Find a good, comprehensive vitamin/mineral supplement and take it every day or as often as the package recommends.

The type of exercises you choose will play an important part in how much rest and repair you will need to recover from each exercise session. In any event, you need time between sessions to allow your body to repair and heal itself.

Another thing to realize, in addition to allowing sufficient time between workouts, is that you need to give your body adequate sleep. When you are sleeping, your body is rebuilding and healing from your regular day, plus your exercising. Another side effect from deficient sleep is that your body is more prone to injuries from your exercise regimen. You will also feel much more charged up when you awaken if you have had the right amount of sleep. Your energy level will be high and you will feel revitalized.

Take the time to study some general information about how and why to get fit before you begin. Being up-to-date on the latest facts about being fit will be invaluable and can make all the difference in the world to how well your fitness regimen proceeds. The advantages of educating yourself about fitness will soon become apparent as you begin your program.

It’s also extremely important that you learn correct information about whichever type of exercise regimen you intend to follow. Once you do that, then get educated about taking care of your body. If you take these important steps as you approach a fitness/exercise program, you will be up to speed on what you are going to do.