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Claudizzle1998Claudizzle1998 Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
I need to start working on my exercise routine but I haven't sriously exercised in about three years. I don't know how or where to start. I'm going to my local planet fitness tomorrow to sign up for a membership. My goal is to start working out tomorrow evening. Any tips will help a ton!

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  • jnomadicajnomadica Posts: 238Member Member Posts: 238Member Member
    Start slow! Walking is a great way to start. I’d also recommend a full body lifting program 2-3 times per week. There’s a great thread around about finding the right program. I started with New Rules of Lifting for Women and enjoyed that.
    As your fitness increases over time, I would also recommend trying out different forms of exercise, and see what you really love to do. It could be running, hiking, dancing, rowing, martial arts, etc etc. When you find an activity you really enjoy, you don’t require motivation to work out- you want to!
  • jayemesjayemes Posts: 759Member Member Posts: 759Member Member
    Get someone at the gym to walk you through the equipment and show you how to use everything.
    Start slow. It's a marathon not a race.
    Don't be afraid of the free weights. They are amazing things.
  • CipherZeroCipherZero Posts: 1,341Member Member Posts: 1,341Member Member
    Something is better than nothing. As one meme goes, "No matter how slow you're walking you're still lapping everyone sitting on the couch."

    My advice for the unfit is start by walking until you can go two miles without stopping or feeling like you need a nap, then get into the weight room on any linear progression program - Stronglifts, NROLW, Stronglists, or PHUL. Follow the wright program and don't let the cardio volume impact the weight room negatively.

    Your strength will explode in six months to places you didn't think it could go.
  • nighthawk584nighthawk584 Posts: 364Member Member Posts: 364Member Member
    I was always into weight training in my youth, but I started my WLJ by simply walking for a few weeks and then slowly got back into weights and my cardio of choice The Bike. Take everything slow and build each week . you will be amazed at how well your body responds
  • pjwrtpjwrt Posts: 46Member, Premium Member Posts: 46Member, Premium Member
    I need to start working on my exercise routine but I haven't sriously exercised in about three years. I don't know how or where to start. I'm going to my local planet fitness tomorrow to sign up for a membership. My goal is to start working out tomorrow evening. Any tips will help a ton!

    Gyms are fine, but bike riding, planks, and a small home weight set is better. If you can teach yourself to do it at home, with all the distractions, the self-discipline you'll learn is better than anything in the gym.

    I don't like walking or running. Biking is safer. My neighborhood is safe enough, but I cause too much suspicion. The tats and eye patch gets people nervous, I guess.
  • EndGoalsEndGoals Posts: 2Member Member Posts: 2Member Member
    Just start...1 step for man, 1 huge step for you self :)
  • kshama2001kshama2001 Posts: 18,953Member Member Posts: 18,953Member Member
    I need to start working on my exercise routine but I haven't sriously exercised in about three years. I don't know how or where to start. I'm going to my local planet fitness tomorrow to sign up for a membership. My goal is to start working out tomorrow evening. Any tips will help a ton!

    Do you get any free sessions with a trainer with your membership? If not, try to negotiate for some before you sign up. If all else fails, do pay for them - this will be a good investment so you can use your time in the gym more efficiently.

    Actually, looks like it is free at PF: https://www.planetfitness.com/about-planet-fitness/pe-pf
  • lorrpblorrpb Posts: 10,434Member Member Posts: 10,434Member Member
    Start slow with walking and light weights 2-3x week.
  • amandakesslersamandakesslers Posts: 171Member Member Posts: 171Member Member
    Definitely, take advantage of the trainers/employees and ask them what the equipment is and how to use it. There might even be trainers available to give you routines to follow. If not though, you can start with cardio on the treadmill, bike, and/or elliptical to get into the groove of working out. Lifting-wise, just give some of the machines a try. It's good to do all arms one day and legs the next, or you can just do a mixture of it all until you get used to it. Here are some pretty easy, but very effective compound exercises that you can do yourself: https://www.openfit.com/best-compound-exercises
    edited August 14
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