We all have to start somewhere. If you’re a fitness beginner new to the field of exercise, fitness and working out, the starting line can be a very daunting place. With the likes of resistance bands, weights and sweaty towels before you, the path you choose will very much depend on your unique fitness goals. Do you want to build muscle? Become more flexible? Lose weight? Whatever your transformation plans, we’ve put together some basic tips to get you off to a promising start.
Before diving into the realm of fitness, though, let us first congratulate you on your new-found commitment to a healthier you. Making a promise of a healthier version of yourself is always the hardest part. However, exercise is a wonder; you’ll become fitter, develop a more positive outlook, and feel better within yourself – not to mention working on those guns. It’s a win-win situation, really. And, as a fitness beginner, where better to start with than…
How often you go
A general rule of thumb, for those regular gym-goers out there, is 3-4 times a week. However, if you’re a fitness beginner, starting off gentler is the best way to go. It’s always healthier to slowly introduce yourself to this habit, rather than to cannonball in. You can gradually build up your tempo, how long you do it, what you do and how often you do it by seeing how your body responds. The point of this part is to form a habit, one which will not always be put off till tomorrow.
Change it up
As a fitness beginner, when you introduce new exercises into your regime, your body will begin to adapt to them. So, it’s best to change up what you do when you exercise – the best combination includes aerobic, flexibility (like yoga) and resistance training etc. Even still, within these broader sectors, as a fitness beginner make sure you change up the exercises you do within them. Try a variety of classes, not only will you learn what you like best but also what works you the hardest.
Stretching is just as important as exercising, it helps warm up your muscles and cool them down either side of a workout. Failure to do either can easily lead to injury, which could – worst scenario – set you back weeks on the progress you’ve made. So, warm up and cool down with stretches, they’re far too important to ignore. Dynamic stretches tend to be best before a workout, however, if you go to regular classes this will be easy as your instructor will lead you through the appropriate stretches for the class you’re doing.
Have a break if you need to
Remember you’re only at the start of your journey. So, you may not be able to do what other people appear to be doing without a sweat or second thought. Not only this but we are also all different, so if you are unable to keep up with something, take a break. Pushing yourself too much can only lead to injuries and will just leave you sore.
Find a trainer
Sure, this is perhaps one of the more expensive routes, but if you are looking for a routine, carved specifically to your fitness goals then having a one-off session is an expense that’s worth it. If you are feeling well and truly thrown in the deep end, and out of your depth, having a trainer who can advise, direct and guide you will build up your confidence.
Like any champion, you’ll learn so much on your fitness journey. While sure you may only be a fitness beginner, currently at the very beginning of the track, but if you put in the time and energy, there is no reason why you won’t bring home the gold. If you’re at the very beginning of your healthy voyage, be smart and book an appointment with your doctor for an assessment on your current fitness first.
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