One thing seems to be really common in people who are out of shape. They use their “out of shapeness” as an excuse to remain frozen. I can totally relate. I’ve been there. To admit that you could stand to lose a few pounds (or a lot of pounds) is to admit that there is/was something lacking in your will power or something. Let me be just a little bit blunt and say “Bull”Odds are you are scared of something. It may be the fear of the unknown. “I’ve never worked out and I don’t want to look like an idiot.” It may be fear of injury. “It hurts to walk, I can’t possibly lift or run or…” Or maybe you think “everyone is going to be looking at me and thinking, wow, he really let himself go.”Well, those are all excuses, and none of them are going to empower you to reach your goals. To address the above: There are lots of books, magazines, articles and websites (hello?) that can help you to familiarize yourself with the tools available in a gym – whether you use a home-type gym or join one. There are also lots of personal trainers who would be happy to assist you. Most gyms give a couple free sessions with a trainer, in addition to an orientation program.Fear of injury? First, check with a doctor to determine what you are capable of now. And start doing something. I see people come into the gym and just walk on the treadmill for five minutes at a slow pace. Everyone has to start somewhere. This leads nicely into the last point. If you are overweight and go to the gym a few people may stare at you, but most people recognize themselves sometime in the past and are supportive and treat you just like anyone else on the journey to fitness. And pretty much whatever anyone looks like they are thinking similar thoughts to yours and are so concerned about themselves they aren’t taking the time to look around and judge.I am not trying to be a hard-ass here. I am saying that whatever shape you are in you can improve the quality of your life by being more fit. Going to the gym (or working out at home) helps you do the things you enjoy, better. If you like playing with your children, grandkids, friends or your dog, being fit will make those activities easier and more enjoyable. If you want to have a more active sex life, being fit can make that easier and more enjoyable. Are you feeling the trend here? Health and fitness doesn’t just affect you, it affects everyone in your life. Take the leap into fitness, first for yourself, and then for everyone around you. You’ll be glad you did.