Fitness is a lifestyle and if you are starting from scratch, you should plan to make it part and parcel of your life from here on. Getting started is always tuff if it is a potatoe couch you are starting from.
If this is actually where you are starting your fitness program from the first thing you need to do is to read as much as you can about fitness. For starters, all you need to do is to get out every morning (mornings are the best time) and break into a brisk walk. On the first day, keep it down to 10 minutes at best. Do some simple stretches for your legs, your abdominal area, and finally your shoulders. Keep it simple and build up to 30 min at the best. Keep this routine for the first week. Even if you feel like doing more, restrain your self. In the second week, increase your brisk walking to 20 min and focus more on your stretching. Remember a correct stretch is to be held for a count of 15 seconds. In the third week take your walking up by another 10 minutes and stop at 30 minutes.
This has all been a break into your world of fitness. Hopefully by now you will be motivated to read about simple things such as push-ups and sit-ups. Use a digital watch to keep track of your walking time and a month down the line you should begin to push your walking to cover a greater distance with each progressive week. In your second month incorporate sit ups and push ups in your exercise routine. Start with as few as 10 repetitions. Try to increase it gradually by 5 every week till you reach a comfortable 30 reps. For normal fitness, this is considered an excellent level. It’s up to you if you wish to take it to a higher level.
Do not try running before the second month. Walking is sufficient really but there again its all about levels. Most people push the levels of fitness to extremes at the out set as it gives ones such high feeling like being on ‘top of the world’. Sadly maintaining very high levels of fitness are seldom sustainable. A normal gym workout to keep those levels, demands 2-3 hours 5 days a week. Given that we are talking of lifestyles can you see your self doing that? If yes, go for it.
Lastly, do not underestimate the values of correct eating in your new avatar of a healthy self. It’s 50% of that lifestyle.