Start off gently with our videos of push-ups and squats with Nate Wells and progress to Abs & Core workouts with Fran Furci. If you need to build up strength, do your push-ups and shoulder taps from your knees rather than toes.
In an ideal world, you would have your fitness level assessed by a personal trainer before starting a new fitness regimen. If this is not possible, simply record some baseline measurements, such as the maximum number of push-ups you can do and your current weight or waist measurement. See a doctor or psysiotherapist if you have an injury or pre-existing condition.
RACV Club Leisure Manager (Wellness & Recreation) Con Kalogiannis, who is based at Healesville Country Club & Resort, recommends you start slowly.
“Even if it’s only 15 minutes at the start, you can build up from there,” Con says. “Listen to your body and take a break when you need one.”
He suggests allowing your body time to recover if you’re starting from a low fitness base or if you’ve had an extended period without exercise.
How to stay motivated
Have a goal and write it down.
Revisit your baseline measurements monthly to review your progress.
Workout with a friend, if possible.
Make it fun and find exercises you enjoy doing, and add some variety.
Creating long-term exercise habits
Make exercise a priority. Even if you’re busy with work or tired. Chances are, you’ll feel much better afterwards.
Take it one step at time and set small, manageable and realistic goals.
Wear a fitness tracker. This can show you your activity level, sleep quality and heart rate throughout the day.
Try our 7-day fitness program, based on the Better Bods course, with a downloadable PDF guide. Watch and participate in our online Health & Wellness videos, by visiting our Youtube channel.