So, you are completely new to exercising and would like some guidelines? First off, congratulations on deciding to give yourself the gift of regular, organized, physical activity! By working out regularly, you help control your weight, boost your mood, reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and many other medical conditions, and improve your energy levels.
How do you get started, though?
How To Get Started With Exercise
You'll want to consider three distinct types of exercise:
- Flexibility training: This will set you up to be able to complete wider ranges of movement.
- Cardio exercise: To get your heart beating faster, in order to help you build endurance, build calories, and energize you.
- Strength training: This will target your muscle development. Make sure to target muscles all over the body evenly, rather than disproportionately focusing on one area of the body.
People who were physically active before taking up formal exercise, because they walked a lot or have jobs involving manual labor, for instance, are bound to have achieved a higher level of fitness than those who led a sedentary lifestyle.
In general, you can work on flexibility every day, on cardio up to five times a week, and on strength training every other day. However, as you begin to work out, pay close attention to your body and make sure to pause whenever you feel you are over-exerting yourself. While humans evolved to be physically active every single day, you will need to ease yourself into it if you are new to working out. Try a little every day, but stop when something hurts and take a break when you are out of breath.
What Kind Of Exercise Should You Do?
Ideally, you will choose activities that you enjoy, and make sure that you work on cardio, strength training, and flexibility training. If you are not sure where you would like to start, joining a gym or checking out a street workout group near you is a good idea. You can also look into martial arts or team sports of all kinds, and trying out a wide variety of different sports that you like the sound of before committing to a particular sport.
If you would like a solitary activity, jogging, weight training or acquiring home exercise equipment and using it are all good ideas. With the help of online videos including those produced by SteadyHealth, you will certainly be able to get yourself off to a good start.
Fitness: Beyond Exercise
Beyond exercise alone, those who have committed to becoming healthier will want to examine their lifestyle as a whole:
- Pledge to eat a balanced and healthy diet. Skip highly processed carbohydrates, sugar-laden products, and excess fat. Make sure that your calorie intake is appropriate.
- Go to sleep at a decent time.
- Commit to remain well-hydrated at all times. This means drinking water throughout the day and avoiding too much alcohol, sugary drinks, or caffeine.
With determination and the help and guidance of more experienced people, you will soon find yourself a whole lot fitter and healthier!
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