Starting with Kettlebells

It’s begun. Although I try to get as much walking in every day as I can, I’ve added kettlebell swings to my routine on the suggestion of an old high school friend, Sean. He’s quite the fit man, and he’s always been in great shape. I figure listening to advice from someone like him would be a smart thing to do, so here I am.

I started easy: 50 swings on my first day, 70 on the second, and I’m adding 15 more each day. It’s a small start, but I’m starting from scratch, and I’ve gotten comically unfit in the past 18 years. I’m trying to change that, now.

I’m nowhere near fit right now, but I’ve started. Between the walking after work and now the kettlebell routine, I should start seeing some results within the next month or two. At least that’s what I’m hoping for.

I don’t expect to make any great progress or to experience any huge transformations anytime soon, but this is all a long-term process. I’m in this for the rest of my life, not for some arbitrary date goal. I’m also not going to quit once I reach a certain weight or size. This is the new reality for me. Of course, there will be an upper limit to the number of kettlebell swings I will do, but I’m not even far enough to contemplate what that limit will be.

How do I feel? Surprisingly good. Starting with the low numbers has kept me from experiencing the excruciating pain that goes along with getting into a workout routine too hard, too fast. Every time I’ve ever tried doing weight training, I went in too fast and ended up not following up due to the pain and inability to do things like wash my hair or lift a fork to my mouth the day after.

There are all kinds of workouts that you can do to get yourself back into shape after being out of it for so long. Some of the favorites out there include:

  • Walking/running/jogging. All this requires is your two working feet and legs and some good running shoes.
  • Calisthenics. This one is pretty easy to do and requires no extra equipment.
  • Weight training: requires access to free weights or weight machines. The kettlebells I use are included in this category.
  • Swimming. This is considered the best all-around exercise but requires access to a pool, ocean, river, etc.
  • Bicycling/spinning. This is pretty easy, providing you either have a bike or access to a stationary bike.
  • Rowing machine/stair stepping machine/machines. These are typically available at your local gym. Some of you may have these at home.
  • Pokemon Go! Many people have gotten out of the house and have begun exercising through catching Pokemon on the Pokemon Go! app. Don’t knock it until you try it.

The list is huge; I didn’t include things like rowing, archery, or golf because… well, you get the idea. There are so many things you can do that go hand-in-hand with your interests, physical ability, and financial situation. The point is find something you can enjoy, that you can afford, and that you have the ability to do, and make time for it in your schedule. Make it a priority.

I read an article recently by an entrepreneur who says that his workouts come before everything else. His reasoning was that he can always reschedule a client meeting, but if he starts rescheduling his workouts, it sets a precedent in his mind that the workouts aren’t important, and then he can start missing them, and eventually get out of the habit. I agree with this. Make exercise a priority and schedule around it. Give exercise the value it deserves.

I’m not telling you to like exercise. I’m not a fan of it myself, but I see its importance and its value to my overall health. If I can do it, you can do it, because I really don’t like to exercise. Don’t let me, the laziest person in the world when it comes to exercise, beat you to it.

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