A Beginner’s Guide to Fitness

A Beginner’s Guide to Fitness

  1. Evaluate your fitness level

You’re all set to move, but have you considered if the routine you’ve chosen for physical activity is suitable for you? If you have health risks or are over the age of 45, it’s best to consult your doctor before joining a specific fitness programme. There are plenty of workout options available – you just don’t want to be stuck with one that’s going to do more damage than good.

  1. Have realistic targets

This ties in with the above – now that you know what you’re capable of, set clear and concise goals accordingly. For some it could be their first marathon, for others it could be adding gym activities to the weekly schedule. Start low and slow and gradually pick up the pace. You’re in it for the long-haul, not a sprint – don’t make the mistake of starting out too strong and losing steam mid-way.

  1. Get familiar with the terminology

You’ll come across a lot of terms thrown around in casual conversation in the world of fitness, but do you know what they mean? Look up the definitions of commons phrases you’ll encounter so you understand what you’re getting into and how it’ll impact you. Some of these terms include sets, reps, circuit, maximum heart rate, cardio and cross-training. 

  1. Start with a warm-up

It seems like too simple a thing to make a difference, but you could easily regret forfeiting a warm-up. It eases the body into movement and reduces the risk of post-workout injury.

  1. Accept the uncomfortable

While you don’t want to get injured, you will get sweaty and experience aches and shortness of breath at the very least. As the saying goes – no pain, no gain. Embrace it and think of it as part of the manifestation of change.

  1. Be consistent

You already know you have to – but what about on those days when you’re really out of it? There’s no need to follow a high level of fitness intensity all the time, but it’s important to get a moderate amount of movement every day to see results. For example, a 30-minute walk for when you skip the usual workout will still do the trick. Can’t do 30 that one super lazy or busy weekend? At least do 10. 

  1. Stay hydrated

Dehydration is no fun and can be dangerous if severe. You’ll need to drink water to compensate for all that you’re sweating out during a workout. Make sure you get enough water before, during (sips during breaks) and after your fitness session.

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