5 Helpful Things to Start Your Personal Fitness Program

The most common challenge that people I talk to face is how to incorporate fitness into their lives and kickstart their personal fitness program. They know they have to do something to get in shape but they really don’t know how. It can be discouraging because of the abundance of information out there which is confusing. You may be overwhelmed so much that you may not know where to begin.

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Our society has so many food choices that it is easy to pack on the extra pounds. Also our day to day jobs are less physical as they where 100 years ago so we have more sedentary life styles. We know there are benefits involved when we exercise and cleaning up or diet. However, most of us know don’t know how or where to start.

Fitness Program DVDs on Amazon

First, to help you along, below are some top selling fitness program DVDs that will coach you and help keep you moving in the right direction.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Zumba Fitness Incredible Slimdown DVD System
551 Reviews
Zumba Fitness Incredible Slimdown DVD System
  • Dance yourself fit w/ this 5 DVD total-body workout! High-energy bursts help burn fat by combining...
  • Burn up to 1000 calories with Super Cardio Dance Party, Latin and Global Burst DVDs feat. cardio...
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  • SOLE CONTROL WRAPS: Slip 'em on over your favorite sneakers to increase your range of movement and...
Bestseller No. 2
Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred
6397 Reviews
Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred
  • Lionsgate Home Entertainment Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred
  • Lionsgate (03/18/2008)
  • DVD, NR (Not Rated)
  • Running time: 60 min
  • Jillian Michaels
  • English
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FOCUS T25 Shaun T's NEW Workout DVD Program—Get It Done in 25 Minutes
2114 Reviews
FOCUS T25 Shaun T's NEW Workout DVD Program—Get It Done in 25 Minutes
  • Get an hour's results in just 25 minutes a day with FOCUS T25
  • Includes 11 nonstop 25-minute workouts on 9 DVDs, Quick-Start Guide, Nutrition Plan, Workout...
  • Major studies have shown that 30 minutes of exercise can be just as effective at burning fat and...
  • With FOCUS T25, you need to work out just 25 minutes a day to get in the best shape of your life
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SaleBestseller No. 4
XTFMAX: 90 Day DVD Workout Program with 12 Exercise Videos + Training Calendar & Fitness Guide and Nutrition Plan
527 Reviews
XTFMAX: 90 Day DVD Workout Program with 12 Exercise Videos + Training Calendar & Fitness Guide and Nutrition Plan
  • Shed fat, build lean muscle and tone your body in about 35 minutes a day with XTFMAX
  • A 90 day program that includes 12 workouts on 12 DVDs, Nutrition Plan, Training Guide and Training...
  • XTFMAX sculpts muscles, builds strength and flexibility with fat-burning workouts designed to...
  • Each workout features modifications and levels from 1 (beginners) to 4 (advanced) so everybody can...
  • Stephanie Oram will get you sweaty, keep you motivated, and deliver results while having fun doing...
Bestseller No. 5
Chalene Johnson's PiYo Base Kit - DVD Workout with Exercise Videos + Fitness Tools and Nutrition Guide
773 Reviews
Chalene Johnson's PiYo Base Kit - DVD Workout with Exercise Videos + Fitness Tools and Nutrition Guide
  • PiYo combines the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and...
  • Piyo cranks up the speed to deliver a true fat-burning, low-impact workout that leaves your body...
  • 10 easy-to-follow workouts on 3 DVDs, Quick Start Guide, Workout Calendar
  • BONUS: Get Lean Eating Plan & Tape Measure
Bestseller No. 6
Zumba Fitness Total-Body Cardio System with 6 DVDs, Nutrition Guide and Toning Sticks
20 Reviews
Zumba Fitness Total-Body Cardio System with 6 DVDs, Nutrition Guide and Toning Sticks
  • Includes 8 workouts on 6 DVDs
  • Nutrition Guide and Toning Sticks
  • Give your calories one last dance with this high-energy, total-body workout. Featuring 8 awesome...
  • You get workouts focusing on upper body, cardio, and muscle toning. There's even an express workout...
  • So grab those toning sticks and get ready to rock your way to a better you!
SaleBestseller No. 7
Hip Hop Abs DVD Workout
1797 Reviews
Hip Hop Abs DVD Workout
  • Get flat, sexy abs without ever doing a single crunch or sit-up with Hip Hop Abs
  • Hip Hop Abs comes with 10 total workout routines including 3 bonus workouts and 3 bonus Learn to...
  • Includes step-by-step nutrition guide, 30-day workout calendar, measurement card, and tape measure
  • Bonus: 3 additional workouts, 3 Learn to Dance with Shaun T routines, Results on the Run diet...
SaleBestseller No. 8
Zumba Fitness Incredible Results Premium Ultimate DVD System
152 Reviews
Zumba Fitness Incredible Results Premium Ultimate DVD System
  • 12 exciting, easy-to-follow dance-fitness workouts in 10 DVD, 3 cods, crossbody bag + bracelets to...
  • Burn up to 1000 calories w/Super cardio dance Party DVD. Cardio burst intervals feat. Fun,...
  • Get ready to sweat your butt off w/Zumba max DVD, a Super high-energy live class, feat. Crazy-fun...
  • 4 high-intensity, results oriented Zumba step workout DVD focus on glutes and legs, giving you...
  • Zumba Rizer: designed to tone glutes and legs with a single device that redefines step aerobics;...
Bestseller No. 9
INSANITY Fast and Furious DVD Workout
743 Reviews
INSANITY Fast and Furious DVD Workout
  • Fast and Furious is one of the latest INSANITY workouts from Shaun T
  • Get maximum results in just 20 minutes with INSANITY Fast and Furious
  • Consists of effective max interval training
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SaleBestseller No. 10
Zumba Fitness Gold Live It Up DVD Set for the Baby Boomer Generation
834 Reviews
Zumba Fitness Gold Live It Up DVD Set for the Baby Boomer Generation
  • Get Grooving at Your Own Pace with the Zumba Dance-Fitness Party in a lower intensity workout...
  • From the first step to the final workout, Zumba Gold Live It Up moves you toward your ultimate goal:...
  • Shake it up with exciting dance-fitness workouts featuring upbeat Latin and world rhythms, and fuel...
  • Zumba Gold Live It Up is the total-body wellness program that feels like a party while it...
  • The Zumba Gold LIVE IT UP program includes three easy-to-follow workout DVDs, Zumba Toning Sticks...

Kickstart your Fitness Program

So where do we begin? Or is the question: How do we begin?  The very first thing you need do is go to your doctor and get the approval to start exercising. Your doctor may also provide some helpful tips as well.

After you get the “OK” from your doctor, try these 5 things to help you get started:

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1. Make the Choice to Start Exercising and Eating Right

Making the decision to do something provides a form of commitment you made to your self. Deciding that you need to change behavior creates new possibilities. When you say to your self “I need to get in shape”, it means something. You should be answering these questions in your mind: When can I work out? What exercises do I need to do? What foods should I be eating? Make your self think about the commitment you just made. Only then you can let go of the past and take steps to move forward.

2. Write Down What You Do

You need a reference that is realistic towards your weekly activity. Write down everything you do during the week. This should include work hours, commuting hours, nights spent with your spouse, your child’s activities and anything else you can think of that you do. You should also include what you do on weekends. You should make a list for each day of the week. Here’s why…..

Some people set lofty goals like working out for 2 hours a day. This can be due to an old saying, “More is Better”. However, this is not the case. Knowing your schedule will help you set realistic goals and help you find a few hours a week to start exercising. You’ll have a visual perspective on what you can and can’t do with your routine.

3. Research and Get Information

Most people do not have enough information before they start a work out program. So how do we get the information we need? The good news is we live in the information age. Take advantage of your favorite search engine and learn a little bit about fitness and nutrition. However, do not go overboard and lose focus. Find a source of information you like and take notes. Find the simplest and easiest workouts and nutrition tips. Don’t over load yourself with information.

If you have the money, hire a personal trainer for a few sessions to help you get started. Hiring a personal trainer is a great way to get started because you have made a commitment to meet someone to workout. Your goal is to have the trainer show you the basics on exercise and eating healthier. It may also be safer to learn how to perform the exercises (especially if you have not exercised for a while).

4. Create a Simple Plan and Set Realistic Goals

Keep it Simple! Following a simple plan while on a hectic schedule is much easier than following an elaborate plan. You should have a plan of which days you want to work out and one goal to change your eating habits for the next few weeks. For example, “I will work out for a half an hour for 3 days this week. I will eat a little less each meal.” Simple is success.

5. Execute Your Plan

Now that you have a plan, all you need to do is follow it. This is another big step. You should look at your plan every day upon waking. You need be mentally prepared for the great day ahead of you. Having your daily schedule in hand will help you achieve your goals for the day. When you complete your workout for the day, highlight it or cross it off your list. It will show you that you accomplished something for yourself. No matter what you must execute. This will be the hardest (and most rewarding) step.

I hope these things help you get started on a new life of physical fitness. Life is filled with making decisions, knowing your commitments, getting information, planning and execution. Try these approaches for yourself and you will see that having your own workout and nutrition program is not as far fetched or complicated as you think.