Health and Fitness – The Best Time to Begin Exercising

When should you start an exercise program? The choices are endless: Saturday the 22nd, Sunday the 30th, or Tuesday the 18th. Or maybe you could aim for next year.

Time for a powwow to decide the best time to begin the blood, sweat, and tears program. We’ll write down the possibilities and then pick a winner.

The first up for consideration is now. The good part about starting now is that you will actually start. The bad part about now is that you are attending your nephew’s graduation in Evansville and your niece’s graduation in South Bend. Then the upcoming summer is also filled with the life insurance sales conventions in Schenectady, N.Y.; Eugene, Ore.; and Joplin, Mo.

The second option moves us to September. The good part about starting in September is that you will actually start. The bad part about starting in September is that you will travel to Texas for your college roommate’s wedding, to Chicago for your sister’s wedding, and to Savannah for the commitment ceremony for the first guy you had sexual relations with and become such best friends with after the breakup.

The third option is November. The bad part about starting in November is that the holidays are coming. You have the Christmas shopping to do for five aunts, four brothers, three best friends, two parents, and that boyfriend in a pear tree. Then there’s the office party, the hanging of the holiday lights, and the Thanksgiving vacation at Grandma’s house in Indianapolis.

The fourth option would be January. The good part about starting in January is that you will actually start. The bad part about January is that you have those two classes you will be taking at the community college. You need those classes to finish the master’s degree program so you are eligible for a promotion. Between a 40-hour work week and six credit hours of business courses, there just isn’t time.

The third option is April. The good part about starting in April is that you will actually start. The bad part about April is that you are taking that two-week cruise in the Caribbean, your mom is visiting from Michigan, and your best friend from Indiana University’s class of 1991 is making his way west to see you.

What’s a person to do? Out of five options, none of them work. We are right back to this time next year, and I would bet that your calendar then will look just as bleak.

The answer is quite simply to just start now. There is never a good time to start any fitness program. You will always have events in your life and additions to your weekly calendar.

Find a way to incorporate fitness into your daily routine. Make some changes, rearrange your schedule, and it will work. Yes, you can!

This health and fitness column is brought to you by that guy who never did learn the difference between starboard and port. That guy is Ron Blake, and you can usually find him drifting aimlessly about on some body of water. Feel free to guide him back to shore by e-mailing him on his sloop at www.myblakefitness.com.

Ron Blake

Ron Blake, a personal fitness trainer in Phoenix, has been training individuals and groups for 15 years. He has also coached high school cross-country and track teams in Indiana and California. He was born in Gary, Ind., and Indiana University awarded him bachelor and master's degrees (as long as he agreed to quietly leave the state!) Visit his website, www.myblakefitness.com for more information.

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