It is a great start to get a personal trainer, however we are not all able to hire a personal trainer. It is a good thing having a personal trainer is not a requirement to start fitness program.
There is tons of information on the Internet, as there is also tons of information to be found at your local gym, from family and friends. We all have at least one friend that regularly goes to the gym and works out, or is active in other ways. This person would be a great person to talk to. Your friend or family member might also be flattered that you even asked them for help.
Putting together a fitness plan is not as hard as it sounds. The main things that you need are the interest, the motivation, and the follow through. As it is helpful to know what machines work what muscles, you do not have to take a test to understand a machine before you get on it. In addition, most weight lifting machines will have a picture on the side showing what muscles you are working, along with easy systematic instructions. This helps a person that might be too shy to ask for help when using the machines. On cardiovascular machines, such as treadmills, bicycles, and elliptical, you can see an estimate of how many calories you are burning, along with your heart rate. Some machines will even tell you what heart rate level you should be in, to make different fitness goals.
Lifting weights is a good thing for all of us to participate in. For the women out there that believe they will get bulky from lifting weights, think again. Lifting weights will not make you bulky, but it will make your body tremendously leaner. Along with weight lifting you should also do a good amount of cardiovascular activities. This could be jogging, running, etc; you can even switch it up, but cardio is necessary for all people.
You could start by jogging for 30 minutes a day, three times a week. Add weight lifting 2 times a week, in coordination with healthier eating, and you will definitely see results. When you feel more comfortable with your fitness program, you could enhance it by raising resistance and adding days to your work out. Sticking to a fitness program is the best way to get the body you desire.