Starting a exercise regimen means you’re only days away from leading a healthy lifestyle. Getting organized about working out will help you get farther, faster. When you consistently work out it will help you feel more energy, lose weight, boost endorphin release, and increase your self-esteem. It also reduces the risk of various chronic diseases.
Here are some tips on how to get started:
Assess Your Fitness Level
Although you might have a general idea of how fit you are, it is important to do an honest assessment and record your findings. By setting benchmarks you can track your progress and motivate yourself by viewing your improvements.
Here how to make an initial assessment. Record your pulse rate after walking at least 1 mile and time it took you to complete it. Also record the number of sit-ups, and pushups you’re able to do. Lastly, record your BMI to give yourself a general idea of your level of fitness and the amount of weight you need to lose.
Customize Your Program
It’s imperative to create a exercise plan before you hit the treadmill because without a plan, it is more difficult to achieve your fitness goals. First decide what your goals are. Are you trying to lose weight? Gain strength? Feel healthy and strong? Write it all down.
Try out different forms of exercise to keep things interesting for yourself. Alternate the typical walking you do with swimming or a Zumba class. It is also important while you are scheduling to include time for your body to recover in between workout sessions. You can decrease recovery time by taking ACTIVE AMINO™, a supplement that promotes muscles recovery and strength and enhances physical endurance.
Find the Right Balance
You need to maintain the right balance between the exercises that you include in your fitness program. It’s important that you have a good mix of moderate and vigorous aerobic activity every week and complement that with strength building of the main muscles groups with activities like bodyweight exercises. Try to get a least 30 minutes of cardio 5 days a week or more.
Do not start with vigorous activities during the first few weeks because you might overdo it and burn out quickly. Instead, start slowly and continue to advance into more intense exercises as you progress.
Firstly, make sure you buy the right shoes for the type of athletic activity that you will engage in the most. Running, walking, and cross-training shoes are different so it is important to get the right type.
Fitness apps can help you track your progress more effectively. They can track number of steps, miles, calories and more. Free weights are a cheap go-to for fitness beginners. However, keep in mind that it is important to learn how to use them properly from a qualified trainer or guide or you can risk injury. If you are planning on purchasing more extensive fitness equipment it might be a good idea to try it at the gym first.
Set Realistic expectations
Don’t expect to lose 20 pounds and start running marathons in the first week. That can decrease your motivation to exercise. The key is to set a series of increasingly challenging yet realistic goals. For example, you can set a goal of running for a mile without stopping after a week, and then being able to run two miles by the second week etc.