Okay, the scenario is that you have made your New Year’s resolution and are determined to get into shape.
Too embarrassed to head to the gym just yet, you make the decision to purchase some equipment such as a Nordic Trac or treadmill to get in better shape before being seen in public.
While that is a common occurrence, it is important to make sure you buy the right equipment and equipment in good working order.
Many people will sell equipment at a huge discount in the local paper, making the buy look too good to pass up.
However, while most are honest sales, some are selling the equipment because it does not work or something is wrong with it.
This could lead to further injury so when buying from a private party, bring someone with you who knows about workout equipment or contact the maker of that particular piece of equipment and ask them what to look for to ensure you are buying a good piece of equipment.
Often when trying to get in shape, it seems like you are working hard and sweating, but getting nowhere.
In actuality, things are happening, just not yet seen. Keep track of two things in particular. First, track your measurements.
You will probably be surprised within only a few weeks at the progress made.
Second, track your routines so you can determine what is working for you and what is not as successful.
Circle of Friends
When trying to get into shape, it is important to have family and friends in support.
This means they need to respect your goals and not offer you wrong foods, or try to pull you away from your exercise program. Explain to them how important this is to you and that you need their encouragement.
Try to envision how great you will look and feel once you get in shape.
If you can, find a picture of someone that has the same body type and pin it up where you can look at it every day to help you see the same results you too can reach with hard work and time.
Whatever you do, if you are involved in a sport or activity that has potential for injury, specifically head injury, use the proper equipment no matter what anyone else tells you.
For example, if you are involved with skateboarding and this is how you stay in shape, good for you! However, you need to wear protective gear such as a helmet, gloves, knee guards, etc.
Most people think that something significant has to happen in order to get a head in jury.
Unfortunately, that is a huge misconception. The truth is that falling one foot onto the pavement and hitting your head is enough to cause serious injury or death.
This is the time to put your pride aside and think of safety first.
(Note: This article is the opinion of the author and may or may not be substantiated by scientific fact.)