Getting Started: $100 Shoes Don't Make the Difference

Let me ask you a question. What do you think exercise costs? OK, what I mean is, what do you think it takes to make a difference in your health? While you think about that, let me tell you that the single biggest beef I have with "exercise" is what Madison Avenue makes of it. The fact of the matter is that the only thing exercise costs, at least in the beginning, is time. And that brings me to my second question. When is the best time to exercise? The answer to that one is alot simpler and it's anytime you can commit. And that's the key word. "COMMIT".

I read alot of articles that talk about what you need to get the most out of an exercise program and, to some degree, I agree with alot of it but most of these articles miss the most important item...commitment. The fact of the matter is that you have to get started if you want to make a difference. And then you have to stick with it.

I don't care what anybody says, there's no magic pill out there that'll build a more healthy you. It takes a commitment...a commitment that's under siege every minute of every day; a commitment led by apathy ("Oh, missing one day wont hurt".) and followed by logic ("Well, my shoes are 'tennis' shoes. I need walking or running shoes". And my all time favorite, "I really don't have the right clothes".)

The fact of the matter is that you don't need professional shoes or professional clothes when you're just starting out which is where this article is right now. You simply need commitment and commitment's always easier when you commit to something small until you're comfortable when you can move up to another commitment level. That's why I always like to start with walking. I mean, let's face it, just walking around the block once a day would probably quadruple the daily exercise you usually get. So start out with a commitment to walking around the block every day. Did you know the average residential lot in United States suburbia is 40 feet wide? Line 30 of them up all next to each other and add four corners and you have the average distance around a residential block of about 1400 feet. With 5,280 feet in a mile, walk around the block one time and you just walked a little more than a quarter of a mile. I know that it doesn't sound like much but it's a quarter of a mile longer than you walked yesterday, right?

So let's start small and then work up gradually as we go. Only you can know honestly what your fitness level is right now but all exercises are good when they begin to raise your heart rate. How do you know where your heart rate should be? Well, let's look at what the experts have to say.