Before you begin, things you should know.

A well-proportioned, balanced physique requires a combination of strength training (resistance training) along with a cardiovascular exercise program. Combining both aerobic activities with weight training will produce the best and most lasting physical results.

Focus on the functional benefits of exercising first and the physical appearances will follow. Improve the quality of your life as well as the quantity. It is not rocket science, building muscular strength increases your metabolic rate thus allowing you to burn more calories/fat calories than with less strength. Your cardiovascular training not only strengthens your heart, but it also allows you to burn “fat” calories. First you need to make a fitness goal and then you can move forward with a functional plan for your needs.

Some of the major factors you must consider when beginning a workout program are, where am I going to work out? What time am I going to workout?

If you have a home gym you must commit to doing your work out and eliminate all distractions, such as phones, computer, children and spouse.

When going to a gym you must budget your time so you are not rushed and find a time that works best for you and make it a routine. My gym experience has been that early morning works best for me, sometimes it slow to get going but you will never regret being done with your workout and have the day ahead of you. Also most morning exercisers generally are there to workout, not socialize, unlike the after work crowd. But if you are not a morning person your will need to find a time that works for you. Just stay FOCUSED.

You are always better off finding a time and place that works best for you and sticking to it.

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