Starting to get into a fitness routine seems like a daunting task. There are so many different exercise programs and conflicting information that it can be hard to sort out what is right and what isn’t. Here are some simple tips for starting a fitness routine.
Set a date.
Start by picking three to four days a week that you can work out for at least 30 minutes. Making a schedule is like making an appointment with yourself. You can’t skip appointments so you can’t skip your workouts.
Get your gear.
It is important to invest in a good pair of running shoes with good cushioning and support. You also want clothes that are comfortable for you to move in. Getting a good water bottle is also important to cut back on plastic bottles and you should keep your water with you at all times.
Setting manageable goals will help you stay motivated and give you something to work towards. You can set a long term goal and then set smaller goals that will help you reach your long term goal.
Consult with your doctor.
This is key especially as you get older. Anyone with health risks, males 45 and older, and women 55 and older should get medical clearance. Let your doctor know what your goals are and what you exercise routine is. This will help them make sure that your routine is safe for you.
You need to make sure your diet supports your lifestyle and goals. If you don’t eat according to your goals, you won’t be able to meet them. You can’t out eat a bad diet. Also, with your increase in activity, your body will not function as well if you are eating an unhealthy diet.
Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your body be. As much as you want to jump into an intense exercise program, your body might be ready too. Everyone starts at a different place and everyone is at their own place in their journey. Just be patient.
Warm up and cool down.
Before you start your workout, you need to warm up your body. I prefer dynamic stretching over static stretching. You should spend a good 5 minutes warming up your body. This helps reduce your chances of getting injured. Make sure you spend a good 5 minutes cooling down after your workout. For cool downs, I prefer static stretching.
Exercise using multiple muscle groups.
Working multiple muscle groups at a time burns more calories. You don’t want to neglect a muscle group because that could cause muscular imbalances which leads to injury.
Before you jump into any exercise program, you want to educate yourself. If you are working with a personal trainer, they will educate you throughout your session. The more you learn, the more motivated you may become.
Progress, motivation, and rewards.
Seeing and feeling your progress is a great motivator and will help keep you on track. For all your hard work, reward yourself! When you reach a new goal, reward yourself with a massage, mani/pedi, etc.