With the new year just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start off on a fitness routine. But people who are just starting out may be intimidated because they don’t quite know where to start. If you find yourself in such a situation, there are a few tips that will help you adopt the best approach and get motivated to exercise.
Jumping right into exercising and working out almost every day of the week is a sure recipe for disaster. It’s better (and safer) to gradually work up to a fitness routine several days a week while checking how the body responds. Beginners are best placed starting at 1 or 2 days per week for about 30 minutes per day, then ramping it up from there.
Know When to Stretch
While doing some stretching exercises just before a workout session may seem like the right thing to do, it substantially increases the risk of sustaining injuries. A safer approach would be to warm up before stretching your muscles. After your warm-up routine, stretch various muscles around your body and hold for about 15 seconds. This way, you’ll be less likely to injure yourself.
Whether you’re working out to lose weight or accumulate mass, a mixed regimen of strength training and aerobic exercises would be the best way to achieve your fitness objectives. Besides these 2 types of exercise, you should also incorporate flexibility and balance training workouts. This is especially crucial for seniors. But even within the mentioned categories, one should switch between different exercises regularly.
Know When to Take Breaks
When people start out, they’re often enthusiastic to the point that they end up exercising every day. However, it’s important to let your body rest so that it has enough time to recover. Otherwise, you’ll be locked in a vicious cycle where your body never heals and repairs itself properly. And if you feel sore after working out, don’t rush to take painkillers; experts assert that recovering naturally is a much better approach.
Whatever your age or level of fitness, there are steps you could take to make fitness more fun and less intimidating. And there are many reasons why one should exercise, from improving health to reducing stress. For long-term motivation, you need a smart approach and the right mindset as well.