Are you venturing into the realm of exercise for the first time?
No matter what the reason for your decision is, it is vital for you to take it slow in the beginning. It is important to choose a qualified physical trainer who will help you adjust to your workout schedule without overtly straining your muscles.
If you work out on a treadmill and you only have the capacity to withstand 10 minutes of work out, you may get into trouble if you overdo it. A good trainer will advise you to start with 5 minutes, stay with it for a week, move on to 10 minutes for a few days and gradually increase to 15 minutes, 20 minutes and so on.
Similarly, when you start with weights, you will be advised to start slow with minimal weight and gradually increase.
Karen Locke says that she attended the Basic Beginner Program in a fitness studio in Hampton. When she started as a beginner, she struggled to work out for 2 minutes on the treadmill. After just a few weeks, with the expert guidance of her physical trainer, she can today do about 30 minutes at a stretch. Guess what! She has shed 35+ pounds as well.
Consult With A Fitness Trainer
You should have a workout program that is specially designed for you in order to get the best results.Working out is not a one-size-fits-all program. Each one of us is different and the way our body responds to workouts is also different.Only a personal trainer can create an effective workout program based on your specific needs. At the onset the trainer will gather your personal and medical history including details on any posture related problems, medical issues and so on. He or she will then develop a specific program based on your fitness goal keeping in mind your current fitness level.
Find A Role Model
Many celebrities and sportsmen keep fit with various diet programs and exercise regimes. Gwen Stefani says, “I do Pilates, yoga and a lot of walking. Now it’s more about feeling good than looking good”. Remember if you want to look and feel like your role model, you must sincerely workout like them. There are many inspiring stories on the internet that can keep you motivated.
Join With People Who Have Similar Interests
If you are new to the gym, don’t hesitate. Identify and interact with other beginners as this will help you enjoy your work out. Working out in a group is always fun.
Set Your Goals
The most important thing to do at the beginning is to set a measurable and obtainable short-term goal. You have to do this before starting your workout regime. For example, if you want to lose 20 pounds, set your goal at 5. It is a good idea writing down your goals and placing the written note in a place where you can see it every day. This is an excellent way of reminding you of your goal constantly.
Focus On Fitness
Your exercise regime must focus on the overall health of your body, not just your weight loss goal. Exercising regularly improves the overall functioning of your body and keeps your heart and lungs healthy. If you get struck in numbers, you may lose sight of the obvious benefits.