The New Year is the most popular time for exercise rookies to come out of the woodwork and start working toward their fitness goals. If this is you, you might be looking at ways that you can ease yourself into a routine that you can definitely stick to this time.
Luckily, we’ve compiled this guide to regular exercise for absolute beginners so no matter how many hours you spent being a couch potato last year, you can make this year the one where you achieve your full potential.
A lot of people who exercise regularly will be wary of including strength training, cardio, and flexibility into their regimen. While this is important, it’s also important to establish a sense of balance between the three. Doing so will allow you to recover more quickly from your workouts as well as keeping things interesting throughout the week.
Choose an exercise partner
If motivation isn’t your strong point, find someone who will push you better than you can push yourself. Not only will a workout buddy provide you with a sense of support, but many people find that having someone to train with will hold them accountable for days when they feel like giving up. Choosing a time to train with someone, whether that be a friend or a personal trainer, can give you a sense of responsibility and soon your excuses about why you don’t want to hit the gym will be long forgotten. An outdoor boot camp is a good way to meet and train with people who have a similar goal in mind.
Set new goals
Gym beginners can often hit a slump in their training, and this is usually because they quickly become bored with the same old routine. To combat this, take time to choose and work toward a new goal before you start dodging the gym. Why not sign up for a 5k run that will give you a specific date to work toward or try an exciting outdoor activity such as surfing or rock climbing?
Do what challenges you
It’s unlikely that you’re going to love every element of your workout, especially if you’ve only just started getting into your routine. However, this doesn’t mean that you should avoid doing the things you dislike in favour of exercises that you find easy. More often than not, these are the exercises that will help you to become stronger and more balanced. Add the exercises you struggle with to your routine 2-3 times a week, and soon you won’t see them as a chore.
Don’t obsess over numbers
While tracking your heart rate, your running time and your weight loss can be valuable to your routine, for a lot of people they can be frustrating and cause you to push yourself so far that you burn out. Instead, try to focus your attention on what your body is telling you. If you need a day to recover, don’t be afraid to take it and rather than tracking your weight loss with scales, use measurements or photographs so you can see the physical proof of your hard work.