When you first start working out, chances are that you’ve gotten a gym membership rather than a piece of exercise equipment. You’re exited, you’re motivated, and you’re ready to achieve whatever fitness goal it is that you have. The first few weeks into a new workout plan, especially if it is your first time seriously working out, often feel like you are king of the world. However… a lot of people end up not sticking to an exercise routine, especially if they are new to the idea of workout out on a regular basis. Let’s look at some of the problems that cause this and how to develop a routine work out plan.
What Time To Go To The Gym
The first question that comes to mind is when is the best time to work out. A lot of more experienced exercisers and personal trainers will tell you that working out in the morning is the best time because you are burning fat reserves (in theory) rather than what you had for a meal, and you will end up seeing better results if your goal is weight loss. While this can be somewhat true and I have seen a little bit better results from exercising in the morning, it really all boils down to what works for you. If you’re not a morning person, getting up at 5:30 every morning to get to the gym before work probably isn’t going to work for you in the long run. The whole idea here is to get to the gym and on a regular consistent basis. Find a time slot that’s consistently free or jump around. Just get to the gym on a regular basis.
Don’t Overdo It
When you first start going to the gym you are likely going to have the desire to want to go back again and again. Some people will even want to go to the gym more than once a day when first getting started. Your body is not a 24/7 machine. It needs time to recover. You shouldn’t go to the gym any more than 5 days a week when first starting out. Burn out at the beginning stage is often a result of sports related injuries.
Alternate Your Exercises
Cardio is the only exercise you should be doing every time you go to the gym. The muscle groups used in cardio can recover a lot faster than your mid and upper body muscles. You should be alternating what you do in the gym and should do weights in two days on one day off increments to minimize the risk of injury, especially when first starting off.
Find A Cardio Machine That Works For You
You should be doing some form of cardio when you go to the gym, whether you like it or not. If you are doing heavy weightlifting, you can get away with doing a small 15 – 20 minute cardio workout, but if your goal is to lose weight you should be doing anywhere from 30 – 60 minutes (or more) of cardio. Cardio equipment typically has built in workouts, which are very good for beginners.
Find A Time, Find What You Like
In the end you need to develop a plan you can stick to. Don’t modify your schedule to fit your gym time. Go at a time that is convenient for you. Now, if there seems to be no free time in your schedule, you will need to modify your schedule. Just make sure to go by what kind of person you are. You know your body. You know whether you’re a morning person or a night person. Trying to turn yourself into a morning person takes gradual adjustments in your sleep schedule. You can’t just go from waking up at 7AM regularly to waking up at 5:30. Find something that works with you, stick with it, and follow the instructions in this guide and you will be on your way to fitness success!