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2)  Start Slow


fitness start slowStarting your new fitness program with an impossibly challenging first workout is the quickest way to get discouraged.  Your muscles are out of shape, and it doesn’t work to try to beat your body into submission.  Do so and you could be sore for a week (leaving yourself unable to do your daily workouts), or even injure yourself.

For the first few weeks, modify your workouts so that you can ease into the routine.  While the workouts should feel challenging to you, your stamina and strength are not the same today as they were before you fell off of your previous exercise program.  You’ll get there soon enough, so for now, just take care of yourself and don’t overdo it.