You could hire a personal trainer, usually at rates of $50 per hour and higher (ask at a local health club), or you could concoct your own training regimen. Do-it-yourself sounds better? Get the info you need here:
- FitnessOnline (www.fitnessonline.com): This site is rich with info on fitness, health, adventure sports and even a button that lets you "Ask Dr. Tim" your personal fitness questions.
- Phys.com (www.phys.com): Loaded with features, from "calculators" (find out your ideal weight or your daily caloric needs) to toggles that fire off questions to experts, this site even provides a daily feed of health and fitness news.
- NetSweat (www.netsweat.com): You have to like the name, and the site's pretty good, with lots of links to other sites, plus a Fitness Plan and solid info culled from Men's Health magazine.
Sometimes a good book is what you need to keep you motivated, help you exercise better and smarter, and speed up your progress (if you don't spend too much time on the couch reading it, that is). What to read:
- Fitness for Dummies by Suzanne Schlosberg and Liz Neporent (IDG Books Worldwide, $19.99, 800-434-2086): At almost 350 pages, this book's filled with both how-to tips and the good humor you just might need to get through a workout.
- The Complete Book of Fitness: Mind, Body, Spirit from Fitness magazine (Three Rivers Press, $24.95, 800-374-3187): Whoa! At 496 pages, this book isn't just for reading--it can also be used for doing biceps curls. This handy reference volume could be the last word on fitness, exercise, diet and the state of current research.