Getting started is always the hardest part. If you’ve been physically inactive for a while, it’s hard to begin an exercise routine. The gym can be an intimidating place if you don’t know your way around. Where do you start if you haven’t done a crunch or walked more than the distance from your car to your desk at work?
Get started with a new fitness routine:
- Start slowly. Your level of fitness during high school is still fresh in your mind. You could lift heavy, do the splits, run a 6-minute mile, and still have energy left for your weekend antics. However, you’re not 18 anymore.
- Perform workouts that match your current physical condition. Hurting yourself is the fastest way to ensure that your return to exercise is hard work!
- Stress yourself, but not too much. The perfect workout will stress your body enough then it must adapt, but not so much that your recovery time is lengthened or you hurt yourself.
- There’s great news: you don’t need to do much at first to see real results if you’ve been switching back and forth between sitting at a desk and sitting on the couch. A short walk on the treadmill will provide a lot of benefit. If you haven’t done a push up in 20 years, doing pushups against the wall is enough.
- Enjoy the advantages of being a beginner. In the early days you can get great results from just 10 minutes of exercise, that you won’t see later on as your body becomes fitter and stronger.
- It’s all about consistency. A mild, daily workout will do more for your fitness than one hard workout each week. Instead of focusing on your effort, focus on making it to the gym regularly.
- What you eat is important. Assuming you want to lose weight, what you eat is far more important than the exercise you perform initially. It’s easy to eat more calories in an hour than a professional athlete can burn off in three hours if you choose a menu of highly processed, sugar-laden foods. Start with cutting out 1 to 2 items you know you should, and replace them something healthier.
- Find a workout buddy. It can be hard to make it to the gym or to put on your running shoes each day when you’re starting out. Your new routine isn’t an embed habit yet, and it will take time to develop that. Knowing that someone else is counting on you increases the chances you will hold each other accountable – and also just much more fun!
- Get expert help. Get some professional guidance if you’ve never exercised before. Learn effective techniques and have your coach design an intelligent program for you. Ask our team about getting set up with a Virtual Programme which we can deliver to you through the Crush Fit app. You’ll have the support of a tailored programme while being able to work independently at your own pace.
- Keep it simple. A few exercises are enough to provide all the benefits you’ll ever need. The basics never go out of style.
- Make it fun. Love basketball? Join a basketball league. Find a form of exercise that you enjoy. Unless you’re training for a bodybuilding contest, there are many forms of exercise that can fit the bill of increasing your fitness.
- Be well-rounded. Flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, and strength are all important, especially as you age. If all you do is run, your flexibility and strength will suffer. Ensure that you’re hitting these three areas of concern.
- Focus on progress. Just a little bit of progress each week can keep your motivation high. Enjoy the fact that beginners make great progress!
Get excited and start on a new exercise routine today. Get some expert advice for an effective plan. Take your time and enjoy the journey.