I work at a busy gym, so I spend many hours people watching. I am watching how people walk, exercise, and just do basic movement patterns. I am also checking out how too much weight, bad posture, bad form, or unstable shoes may be negatively effecting a person. No, I am not walking up to people and diagnosing anyone, I am simply observing.
I know that people get super amped when they first get started in the gym or with any kind of new running or exercise program…and they just simply go at it. They will find a workout in a magazine or order the newest DVD and start off on their journey. But what many people fail to do is make sure that their bodies are adequately ready to take on the stress of a new program. Yes, they may lose weight. But they can honestly be tearing up their body in the process.
If you are just starting off on your journey, maybe you should really consider getting a personal trainer. Things that seem simple on a DVD or in a workout book might be a lot harder to execute. You may need someone to help with form and to assess how your body is moving through exercises. You may also need someone to help you progress through modifications to build up to certain exercises. Fitness is not simply “working out.” It is making sure that your body is able to withstand the challenges that you put before it. So maybe just consider taking a step back and ask a pro for some guidance.