What's a good mindset/approach for developing a workout routine?
May 21, 2012 5:28 PM Subscribe
I'm in okay shape, but fitness and athleticism don't come naturally to me at all. Gyms are weird and stressful. Any advice on the best way to think about and develop a good workout routine?
posted by whymog to health & fitness (19 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
A little background: I'm all about eating well and drinking lots of water, but fitness is kind of a mystery to me.
I was always embarrassingly bad at sports as a kid. That, coupled with generally just being an anxious/awkward dude, has kind of scared me away from any sort of group exercise.
I briefly got into a running routine about a year and a half ago (thanks, Couch to 5k) and got to where I was running 3-5 miles a few times per week, but I moved and started a new job and fell out of that routine. I'd like to pick it back up but I know running's only a piece of the puzzle. I should probably also get over my anxiety and join a gym but I don't think I've lifted weights in a decade, and frankly, I'm not even sure I'd know which ones to go with.
Just to clarify, I'm not asking for a specific workout plan. I'm just wondering if anyone has any advice on the best way to figure out what sort of exercise makes sense for an individual, where the best resources are for planning a workout routine, and so on.
I'm fully aware that I need to get over my fear of making an ass of myself and accept it as inevitable, but I'd be seriously grateful for a little guidance on the education/planning side.