A woe that we have all shared, at one time or another, was getting started exercising. They say that a journey of a thousand miles will begin with a single step, this hold true for working out. Let me tell you some cold hard truth, when you workout for the first time, it might feel strange. You will be wondering if you are doing the exercises the right way, while fearing that you are doing them wrong. The good news is that every single one of us started in the same position that you were in, it’s all good! Muster up some confidence, get that workout gear on, and realize why you are starting such an endeavor, which brings me to my first piece of advice. Realizing why you are exercising and keeping that reason in the forefront of your mind will help you stick to a workout program. From losing weight to wanting to stick around longer, everyone has that one main reason that drives them to keep coming back to the gym. If you don’t have a reason, find one, it could be the one thing that keeps you going, even at the toughest of times.
Pick the Right Fitness Routine!
I would also advise you to setup a program that is fitting to your goals and abilities. Don’t panic at first, you can always change the routine that you are using, if it feels too challenging or not challenging enough. If you are spending most of your workout time on a treadmill and you want to get large, you are using the wrong workout program. On the flipside of that, if you are wanting to get skinnier but are spending most of your day weightlifting, you are going to get mixed results, at best. Have a good mix of different exercises, keep the ones you like most and ditch the rest of them. By doing this, you will have a more diversified lifts to use. In the old days, you would always hear that you should be stretching before a workout. Unfortunately, it turns out that this kind of stretching can actually raise your risk for injury. Which brings me to my final point, always read up on exercising. By learning new information like: results of studies, news stories, etc, you will stay up-to-date and it will keep you more informed.
As with anything, staying informed about something that you care about is always a smart move. Starting off in any endeavor is always going to be a bit nerve-wracking, nevertheless, do your best to stick to a fitness program and it will get easier. There will be those bad days but don’t let them get you down. Instead, prepare for a boost of self-confidence, in a way that you probably never thought you would have. You will sweat but think of each drop as a commitment to new lifestyle. Enjoy the journey, with a newfound sense of strength and looking good! Unless you want to be a walking pain, you have got to begin a fitness program as just that, a beginner. Stick with short bursts of exercise during those first weeks. When you begin at a slower pace, you are more likely to stick to a fitness program. Taking baby steps is the best avenue to go down if you want to really commit to getting fit. Those who are starting out and trying to set a new world strength record are only going to end up with two things: injuries and soreness.