The guide here, introduces you to the kinds of things you should start thinking about when you decide to get up and start exercising. The great thing about exercising is that it can cost you absolutely nothing to get started, however it does take a lot of will power to get going. Hopefully after reading this, you should be able to better decide exactly what you want to do and how you will achieve it.

Things You Will Need

The great thing about exercising is that if you have nothing, you can start with nothing, although some exercise clothes (T-shirt and shorts) is about all you need - although they are not neccesarily required either!

If you want to spend some money, the options are almost limitless, and depending on what your goals are, you can chop and change what equipment you will use.

For the purposes of this article, I will assume you have basic clothes and adequate footwear - and that is all!!

Step 1

The main thing you have to decide, is what your goals will be.

Thankfully at this stage, they are very high level goals. The main two that consistently crop up are:

1) Lose weight

2) Build muscle

This is a personal choice, and neither is better than the other.

Step 2

So you have decided to either lose weight or build muscle - that is GREAT.

Next you have to understand how to achieve this. First and foremost, if you have not exercised in a while, go and see your doctor to ensure that you will be able to exercise. This will give you self confidence that you can achieve what you want to achieve.

Once you have that done, you have to decide how you are going to achieve your goals. You may want to set yourself mini goals, for instance doing 10 press ups with out stopping, or jogging for 5 minutes. These seem very easy targets (for some) but if you can achieve them, you have the confidence to carry on and inrease your goals.

As you can see from the above eamples, both these require you to spend ZERO amounts of money. You do not need to start at a gym, and you do not need to spend lots of money on lots of expensive home equipment. In actual fact, I only have resistance bands (a very good set will cost as little as $150, but can be much less) and a yoga mat. I have hard floors, so doing pressups is much easier on it.

On top of that, you do not even have to leave the house! Do not think for a second that you have to run forwards to lose weight. Jogging on the spot is great when you are starting off. If you have excess weight, and you are very self concious, running in your own home is absolutely fine.

The main thing to bear in mind, is that if you set unrealistic goals, you are giving yourself a chance to NOT complete them. Running a marathon is a fine goal - but if you have not ran 5m and the marathon is in a months time- you are facing a very very steep hill.

Keep the exercises as easy as possible. There is no reason to think that you have to push yourself as hard as possible in the first week. You need your body to get used to the feeling of doing more work than it ususally would.

Investigate the different methods out there - there are LOTS of different ways you can achieve your goals. Make them and stick to them. If you have problems with sticking to them, get somebody to help and do it with you.

Good luck and start now.

Tips & Warnings

Get doctors advice. If you have any medical conditions this is even more important.

Make sure you eat healthily. Why do all this work, and destroy it by bad eating habits? Cheat days are fine, but try to knock out those fatty foods!

Make sure that if you have any sudden pains during working out, that you STOP. Do not think that it will go away, as you will only make it worse.