Starting your fitness program can be a bit overwhelming. There are so many things that could go wrong, so you have to arm yourself with all the information that you need. Here are our top 10 fitness tips for beginners.
The fastest way to end your fitness journey is to set unrealistic goals. Fitness is a long, hard process that you cannot cheat your way into. Set an ultimate fitness goal that you know you can achieve and break down that goal into smaller goals that you can tackle. Also, remember that you won’t begin to see your results overnight.
Consistency, not the amount of exercise you can cram into a short time, is your best fitness buddy. Someone who exercises for 20 minutes each day consistently will reach his fitness goals faster than someone who exercises for 3 hours once every two weeks.
Start slow, go slow
Don’t jump right into exercising for 1 hour each day, seven days a week. That’s a recipe for disaster. Start your workout slow and go slow. You can start by exercising 1-2 days per week for 30 minutes and increase the intensity of your workouts by 10% each week.
Many fitness mistakes and injuries come from ignorance. If there is something you are not sure about, ask someone. For example, don’t try to lift the biggest weight you can find on your first day at the gym. That is a recipe for disaster. Start from the smallest you can see, gauge your comfort level and work your way up from there.
Everyone will testify that the first two weeks of any fitness journey are absolute hell. You will feel discomfort and aches in places you never knew existed. This is normal; accept it and keep going.
Your warm-up exercises are as important as your real workout. Don’t jump right into your workout without warming up your muscles first.
We all have different times when we feel the most energetic. For some people, that’s early in the morning and for others, at night—workout at periods when you feel the most active.
Dehydration will lead to exhaustion and cause a drop in your performance. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workouts to remain hydrated. Pay particular attention to this fitness tip if you’re going to be working out for long periods, or under warm conditions.
Don’t overdo your exercises. Know when your body needs to rest and recover – there are usually signs. If you don’t give your body enough time to rest and recover, it causes your performance to drop and even worse, you put yourself at high risk of injury.
With these fitness tips, you are well on your way to a fruitful and rewarding fitness journey.
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