Using the Simple Basics to Get Into Shape

Simple straightforward approach to exercise:

Walking/Jogging/Running
Whatever pace suits you works. I started out in the worst shape possible, overweight, and unmotivated. 20-30 minutes at a pace that leaves you just breathless enough that you can’t actually carry a conversation steadily is ideal. Listen to your body. Increase the time and intensity a little bit each week. Do it every day, even on Sundays.

Body Weight Exercises
Sit-ups
Push-ups
Leg lifts
Arm circles
Stretching

Start with the basics and add variety and/or repetitions. I started with ten each and increased by one each day until I was doing 50. Then I added some variety. I keep it to no more than 20-30 minutes a day. Listen to music, watch TV or simply enjoy the quiet. Keep the attitude that you are doing something good for your body and leave the negativity behind. Simple.

Some people think this is boring. I find it makes more sense than spending money on a gym membership, yoga classes, or buying special equipment to hang my clothes on. I like the simplicity and the effectiveness of it. Maybe at some point I’ll throw in some Pilates or yoga or whatever is trendy but seriously there is nothing like just simple.