The first step on the path to becoming physically fit is to seek information on how to get started. The next step is to decide that you want to be physically fit.

The decision to carry out a physical fitness program cannot be taken lightly. It requires a lifelong commitment of time and effort. Exercise must become one of those things you do without question, like taking a bath, going to work, or brushing your teeth. Unless you are convinced of the benefits of fitness and the risks to your body from being “unfit,” you will not succeed.

Patience is the most important factor. Don’t try to do too much too soon and don’t quit before you have a chance to experience the rewards from your improved fitness. You can’t regain in a few days or weeks what you lost in years of not exercising, but you can get it back if you persevere. I promise you the prize is worth the price.

Once you decide to begin a healthy lifestyle, the first step is to check your health. I always suggest to anyone who is thinking of starting an exercise program to check with his/her doctor before beginning. This is very important if you have been inactive for several years.

As you undertake your fitness program, it is important to remember that fitness is an individual choice that varies from person to person. It is influenced by age, sex, heredity, personal habits, exercise, and eating practices. You can’t do anything about the first three factors. However, it is within your power to change and improve the others where needed.

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