As many of you probably know, I started lifting weights
recently. I've only done a couple days, but already it's making a difference. Maybe it's all mental. I don't care. I feel
stronger, whether I actually am or not. Plus, it's not nearly as awful as I thought it would be.
And Daedala is right -- all you really need are a couple of dumbbells and a bench. I wasn't aware of that. I thought you needed a setup like at a gym.
In any event, I'm looking forward to getting fit slowly!
I like free weights MUCH better than a gym. The latter causes horrific high school flashbacks; and because I'm a shorty, I don't fit on the machines well anyway. And I couldn't do cardio because of exercise-induced asthma.
I usually don't listen to music or anything, even; I find it meditative. And besides, I have to be careful not to squish the cats, who like to "help."
For the first few months of weight lifting, you're not actually getting stronger; your nerves and muscles are learning to use what you've already got. So yeah, the effects are nearly immediate, because the nerves wake up fast, and you can feel the increased blood flow.
However, remember not to push it. It's tempting, because it's fun, but the first few months also means your ligaments and tendons are catching up. Concentrating on good form for a while gives the connective tissues time to adjust, and your body time to get used to doing the moves correctly.
For a good book, I was pretty impressed with The New Rules of Weight Lifting.