Good for you!
My issue is exploding GUT! lol I have plans to start an exercise program in May - what was I thinking? Seattle Beer Week is in May!
We'll see how I do....
I recommend some Yoga (you can Wii Fit Plus this) and maybe push-ups
.... If you engage in about 15 minutes of meditation a day, you can leave off the Wii Fit and do Yoga independently as a moving meditation (this is, by the way, incredible in every possible way), and cut the independent meditation down to 5 minutes if you like (meditating while doing Yoga is actually better). Ignore actual time for that stuff, just have a Yoga routine and do whatever feels like "enough" if you're just meditating.
So this comes out to what
- 5 minutes meditation
- 10 minutes Yoga
- 10 minutes push-ups
About half an hour. Do these in that order: the meditation (after you've taken the week or so to figure it out) will actually wake you up immediately from a dead sleep. I usually do this in full Lotus (can you?!) or Seiza on the floor; but just Agura (cross-legged, no lotus) works, although it's notably imbalanced (Lotus is perfectly flat and balanced). It takes me roughly one minute to be completely
awake, although I can also do it to relax before first sleep or in the period between.
It's a start. The hard part is actually finding the time, because Yoga is a good way to wake up, or maybe push-ups, or whatnot; but you always wake up and shower first because you're tired, then you wanna eat, then you wanna leave, and oh it'll take too long... but you wander around in the shower and spend half an hour there "waking up," you eat slow, and you waste half an hour or so just fooling around before work.
I know because I waste about 2 hours in the morning-- I wake up at 6:30 and I leave around 9:00, and in between I cook breakfast and eat. I used to wake up at 6:30, shower, shave (damn fine shave with a straight razor
), 30 minutes of Wii Fit (including Yoga, light aerobics, a little strength), cook and eat, and get out at 8:30, be at work around 9:00. It may sound like a military drill, but it's not; I power up and set up the Wii while I'm cooking and eating, which only takes me 15 minutes (it takes about 5 to get into Wii Fit Plus and set up a routine to start out; I don't pre-plan). It's mainly leisure, not trying to squeeze every second out rushing from room to room; I don't do stress.
Taking up a martial art is a better way to waste 2 hours than getting a gym membership, btw. It might be lighter than power-lifting or whatever, but a good martial arts class will make you warm up and do strength training for 10-15 minutes. If you want a gym, get home gym equipment and skip the commute; if you want to drop a ton of fat, take up kickboxing (no, not kidding, talk about sudden heart failure...). Some places market "Aerobic Kickboxing," which will have you drowning in a puddle of your own grease until your BMI is only a little above normal
I've always considered "fitness" a waste of my time. If I have to waste 2 hours of my day to stay in shape, I'm doing something wrong; that's why I head for martial arts. It's mental training, and the "fitness" thing is a side-effect. Morning and before-bed things I do simply to set my body into a state of awakeness or relaxation (these are both pretty close) so I can get up easier or go to sleep faster and sleep better. It's efficient, in the same way that keeping your car tuned up is more efficient than letting it die from ill maintenance (poorly maintained cars are slow and fuel-hoggish, and take a lot of time and money to keep running).
Uh, maybe you should check with your doctor before getting back into something this quickly?
What's a doctor? There's no such thing as medical records for me; they simply aren't on file, I have no medical history. I've been out of the system long enough that I dropped out of the archives.