Exercising can be tough on a beginner. For most of us, finding time to exercise is very difficult and we are often exhausted by the time we have five minutes to ourselves. I developed my own basic fitness plan over time, and eventually built my day to include regular exercise. As a fitness buff and expert, here is my easy start guide to get your fitness goals met.
Start With Your Diet
Step one of any fitness routine is to get a solid diet to back it up. Start by replacing old food staples with something a little healthier. I swapped out white bread for whole grain, added more salads and fun veggie chips instead of greasy snacks, and started keeping whole fruit in my house. I found that because I ate better, I had more energy. You also need to increase your water intake. Try swapping all your beverages for water for a few days. It may be difficult, but it will show you how dehydrated you have been. After the big swap, go to drinking mostly water every day and not drinking too much caffeine. Caffeine can dehydrate you and cause you to get dry skin, hair and be unable to work out as well.
Start with easy workouts to build up to longer fitness sessions. I started with just ten minutes of walking each day but you could start with ten minutes of light cardio or even yoga. Check with your doctor before you start working out to be sure you don’t need to avoid certain activities. Once you have about a week in of light workouts, start increasing every three to five days by ten more minutes. When the weather is nice, for example, I like to use my lunch breaks to catch a walk. You can even buy fitness equipment that fits under your desk at work to keep you moving.
Once you’ve increased your time working out and get your doctor’s clearance, you can start adding intensity. Start jogging instead of running or adding weights to your cardio routine. I decided to add jogging into my walks, and increased my jog by one minute every day. Before I knew it, I was jogging a half an hour straight without needing a break. Be sure to have plenty of water with you throughout intense workouts to replenish what you’re sweating out. In no time, you’ll be hitting the gym for longer than ever. Just be sure to keep it in check. You can really damage your muscles by working out too hard so space your intense workout days with lighter days or off days.
Switch It Up
Every few weeks, add a new type of exercise to your routine. I added cardio, pilates and even weight lifting into my routine after about a month of walking and jogging. Pick different days to target different muscle groups to keep you interested and excited about working out. I like checking out YouTube for guided workouts by different fitness gurus to make my workouts a lot more fun. By targeting different muscles you also gain more stamina and definition in spots you might miss if you only do one type of exercise.
With a lot of patience, you can start feeling confident in your workouts. It can take a lot of effort at first to even get five minutes of exercise in but you will find yourself enjoying the feeling more and more. Fitness can help not only your waistline, but your overall health. I hope this guide has given you the encouragement to get started with your own fitness routine and reach your optimum health.