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How to Get Back into Shape: 6 Tips To Get You Started

How much exercise do you *actually* need to get in shape?

Twenty minutes three times per week? Half-hour per day?

And how much is too much?

Do you need to sweat it out for an hour or more every day?


Okay, let’s go over the amount of exercise that is ideal. Ideal for your health and wellness. Ideal for getting into shape.

Starting with the minimum.

This is especially important if you have not worked out for a few months or are just beginning an exercise program.


Of course, you’re going to have to start from where you are right now. If you’re not already exercising regularly, there is no need to go overboard. In fact, trying too much too soon may derail your motivation, cause an injury, and become a reason you throw in the towel.

So, let’s say you’re not that active (yet). What if I were to recommend “ten to twenty minutes every other day, 3 days a week, and at a level, you think you can do?” How does that sound as a starting point?

Pretty doable, right?

If you’re not training for a competition or event, you can absolutely begin to get into great shape starting with this plan. Just remember, DON’T compare your current self to your fittest self.

Resist the urge to dwell on how fit you were before you took an exercise break. Comparisons to a former version of yourself, other people, or worse, other people’s social media selves — are never helpful as long-term motivators toward real wellness.

Reviewing old workout sheets to see how fast you ran or how much weight you lifted when you were in top form may be tempting, but this habit can hinder your progress.

Getting back in shape is a process. Track your workouts from where you’re starting now, then see how much you can improve from there.


Now, there isn’t one answer for everyone. The main rule is, to begin with where you are. Take note of your fitness level and goals and slowly increase and improve. There is no quick fix that will give you lasting long-term results.

Always consider what is reasonably sustainable for you based on the following:

● What is your long-term fitness goal?

● What else is going on in your life (i.e., how much time do you really have)?

● What is your current level of fitness?

But don’t stop there!

As you create a sustainable exercise habit, it will start getting easier. So, don’t forget to make it a bit more challenging as you go. Every week do something to push yourself a bit farther than you were before. If you’re strength training, do another repetition or grab the next heavier weight. If you’re doing cardio, go a bit longer, farther, and/or faster.