Fitness: How Do I Get Started?!



By Debra K, Host and Executive Producer, Journey into Wellbeing

One year and ten months ago, I found myself in the mid part of my life’s journey and facing some significant life changes

Fortunately Florida offers something incrediblegreat weather. So while I contemplated how to lose the weight and start feeling better I simply started walking. I
t was sporadic at first, one week on a couple weeks off – same story, different state. But, as a routine of walking formed it did become more of a habit and when missing a day, I would look forward to walking again soon – a new and welcome feeling. Right now I average about 15 miles per week.

My advice: before jumping full steam ahead into a workout commitment, start with something simple and manageable and do it regularly. Once your confidence is higher you might be inspired to do something more.

About a year into my walking routine I noticed something I hadn’t seen beforea muscle! Yes, that was actually a developed muscle on the back of my leg. It had formed without me even realizing it and for some reason it was incredibly inspiring. I remember thinking that if a muscle can grow without me realizing it that maybe with some effort, muscles could develop in other places.

After my walks and sporadically during the day I started adding in abdominal work and push-ups. During the filming of the pilot for the Journey into Wellbeing I could barely do one modified push up. You can watch it HERE ( link to ) Now I can do 10 regular and 20 modified push-ups. Watch my improvement HERE ( link to can you imbed the video??). My advice: once you feel you have mastered a simple basic routine begin to add in small amounts of strength training. There are numerous short videos on utube to practice with.

Another life altering moment came when I finally faced reality and got all the facts about my overall health condition. Last year I dedicated time and the expense to run a variety of health tests recommended by my integrative doctor. It was important that before jumping into a diet and exercise routine to know exactly what conditions were presenting for me. This knowledge helped me become clear on what needed my attention.

The most startling revelation was the number of foods I was testing sensitive to. The level of inflammation in my body, compounded with the hormone imbalances and high cholesterol would almost make it impossible to achieve a high fitness level. One of the best things I have done for my physical body this year was to embark on a 5 week food detox in an attempt to bring balance to my internal body so I can experience better health in my external body. Within one month of my detox I felt 10 years younger and found I actually looked forward to exercising more because my energy levels were higher. My advice: Get a clear understanding of where you are in your body by working with health, medical and fitness professionals. It is always better to start where you are at so you can set realistic goals.

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