The “Just Get In There” Workout Routine

Often time people will ask me what is the best workout regiment that they should pursue, or could I plan out a workout routing for them that they can start to follow? My response is normally, "The best routine is to just get in there".

I wrote an article pertaining to fitness and eating "fads" and "styles", and how Bruce Lee advised to not get wrapped up into "styles". When one is first starting to get a workout routine together or come back from a long absence, it might be best to "just get in there" and let the process evolve on it's own.

 

When someone has never worked out, or has been absent from the gym for a long time, it may seem physically and psychologically daunting getting back in there. Even the time constraints on getting to the gym consistently may seem daunting and impossible to overcome, especially in our busy lifestyles in these days. However, I have been a firm believer that when it comes to healthy eating and exercise, you should not have to force yourself to do anything. I think the body and mind both have a a tendency to rebel against any forced labor of any kind, and the end result always becomes the perception that exercise is now just another burden or pain in the "you know what" that you have to bring into your life.

I am not a personal trainer or health coach or anything like that, but people have always been fascinated by my consistency at coming to the gym. In my couple of decades of working out, I am in there normally three days a week and I can not ever remember missing a day, unless I was out of town, and even then I am gonna do some sort of workout. My ex once said to me that she is amazed that I have so much "discipline" as it related to getting to the gym. I told her that there is really no discipline needed at all, my body actually gets pissed off if I don't go to the gym and it actually "makes me get up and go". I told here that once you really get into it, it becomes an part of your second nature, you also naturally make time for it. You get real innovative, as in sometimes you may only be able to get a 20 minute routine in, an other times you get your exercise in my helping a friend move his furniture in 92 degree heat.

So maybe this is not saying anything esoteric or highly scientific, but the solution might be just get in the gym and do whatever you feel like doing, riding the bike, lifting dumbbells, playing around hitting the punching bag, or whatever. A good first routine could be go just try out all the equipment to see how it feels, and get some ideas for some good exercises for you.

If I had perhaps one esoteric or scientific point to make, it is that, just like with eating, when you start giving the body something that it finds nourishing, studies have shown that your body will send signals to the brain asking for more. The same process as when you each junk food, your body will ask for more. We can take advantage of the principle in a positive way with giving the body more healthy food, more exercise, more water, more mental relation time,  and so on. Those signals to the brain will start be the natural drive and motivation that you won't have to force yourself into. Most things in life are a process. Just get in there and get started. ~dw~

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