Feeling Ready To Get Your Groove On?
This is your how to start exercising guide. Why, you may ask? Because exercise is vital to our health. It has so many health benefits, it keeps us energized, keeps things “moving” so to speak, and improves our overall mood and well-being. Getting started can be hard though. I remember when I started to regain control of my health I had a hard time sticking to exercise. i felt weak and I wore out quickly. I was frustrated because I couldn’t keep up and sticking to the plan was tough while going at it alone. But be persistent with your goals, keep moving forward and stay focused. The reward is totally worth it!
How to Start Exercising: A Beginner’s Guide to Working Out
A Few Tips for Beginners
1. Stay Hydrated
Drinking fluids throughout the day is essential for maintaining healthy hydration levels.
Replenishing fluids during exercise is important for maintaining optimal performance, especially when exercising in hot temperatures. Moreover, hydrating after your workout can help you recover and get you ready for your next training session.
2. Optimize Your Nutrition
Be sure to consume a balanced diet to support your fitness program.
All food groups are necessary to sustain healthy energy levels and get the most out of your workout. Carbs are particularly important, as they can fuel your muscles before exercise. Carbs are also important after exercise to replenish glycogen stores and assist the absorption of amino acids into your muscles during recovery.
Additionally, protein protects your muscles from breaking down during exercise, repairs tissue damage and builds muscle mass. Consuming some protein after your workout also promotes fast muscle recovery.
Lastly, regularly consuming healthy fats has been shown to help burn body fat and preserve muscle fuel during workouts, making your energy last longer.
3. Warm Up
It’s important to warm up before your workout. Doing so can help prevent injuries and improve your athletic performance. It can also improve your flexibility and help reduce soreness after your workout.
Simply start your workout with some aerobic exercises like arm swings, leg kicks and walking lunges. Alternatively, you can warm up by doing easy movements of the exercise you are planning to do. For example, walk before you run.
4. Cool Down
Cooling down is also important because it helps your body return to its normal state.
Taking a couple of minutes to cool down can help restore normal blood circulation and breathing patterns and even reduce the chance of muscle soreness. Some cool-down ideas include light walking after aerobic exercise or stretching after resistance training.
5. Listen to Your Body
If you’re not used to working out every day, be mindful of your limits.
If you feel pain or discomfort while exercising, stop and rest before continuing. Pushing through the pain is not a good idea, as it can cause injuries. Also, remember that working out harder and faster is not necessarily better. Taking your time to progress through your fitness program can help you maintain your routine in the long term and make the most of it.
How to Stay Motivated
The key to staying motivated and making exercise a habit is to have fun while doing it. This allows you to not dread having to exercise.
Like the sample exercise program shown above, you can mix up activities while keeping it fun for you. Joining a gym or group fitness class like yoga or Pilates, hiring a personal trainer or doing team sports are also good ideas to increase motivation and enjoyment.
Working out as a group or with a friend can also assist in maintaining accountability and motivate you to keep up your good work. Furthermore, tracking your progress, such as logging your weight lifting or noting your running times, can help keep you motivated to improve your personal records.