The good the bad and the ugly. What Happens when you start exercising?

At the bottom of this post you will find a table which takes you through the different stages of what will happen to you when you start exercising. I will pull no punches and highlight all the fun, painful, glorious and scarring things that will happen to your body and mind. Let's start though by breaking down the different types of inactive or sedentary people.

1. The Never Been Active.....Never Ever Ever
This is the person who has never really experienced any sort of physical activity. Most of the time this is due to the structure of their upbringing and social circles. Just like their are families that devote weekends to sport and take great pride in the activities of the children at school or through clubs, there are families that thrive on academic or creative endeavours, instead of throwing a ball they are more likely to share a strategic board game or learn an instrument. While this is perfectly fine from a social perspective, with regards to health however there is a bit of balance missing. The knowledge of how to be active, the stressors of a body responding to physical work and the potential benefits later in life are a foreign concept and can be intimidating to approach. The fear of the unknown.

2. Used to be or life got in the way/I wrecked my knees/my back hurts
These people were quite active previously. Usually playing sport throughout highschool or university. It was an enjoyable part of their lives but priorities change. Careers/families happen, injuries/old bodies start to become more frequent so the enjoyment subsides. Often getting back into exercise is difficult for this group because they reflect on how good they used to be. They believe they should be able to still do those things and starting exercise again at a beginner level is a bit demotivating. They understand the benefits but can't stop reflecting on their "highlight reel".

3. The Motivated But Forgotten
This group falls into the health category not the fitness category. It's important to understand the difference as this might help you realise what information you should be taking in a what you should be ignoring. The "fitness" industry in Australia caters for a very small percentage of our population. Their advertising and marketing plays on the emotions of self-doubt and insecurity. They offer quick fixes and rapid transformations. If their program doesn't work it was your fault not theirs. The only people that will have any form of success in this model are those who are already quite physically capable, highly motivated and have strong self-belief. Think chain gyms, bootcamps, 6,8,12 week challenges.
Physical activity/exercise as delivered in the "health" industry is centered around the individual. Usually delivered by Exercise Physiologists or Physiotherapists this brand of exercise has some key identifiers. 
1. Every person is treated differently. No two people are the same, therefore no one will be prescribed the same movement as anyone else.
2. The duration of support is determined by the patient. As opposed to "I want to see you 3 times a week for the next 6months" the health industry will figure out the bes

Be prepared for how a new lifestyle might feel.

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If you are ready to embrace the challenges and discomfort of a physically active lifestyle for to gain the benefits of long term good health. Our Accredited Exercise Physiologists are happy to help. Contact us at

Tim Douge