One of the major reasons why many people dread to be on a fitness bandwagon, despite their willingness to do so is the workout part. People find it difficult and challenging especially if they have never been to gyms in years. However, there is not fitness plan that is doable without exercise. If you are a beginner, these tips will help making workout easier and fun for you.
Identify Your Goals
The first step in your workout journey is to understand what targets are you trying to achieve from your fitness regime? Do you want to build your stamina or just maintain the existing weight? Are you obese trying to burn fat or do you want to build a body for an athletic event? Your body goals will set the tone for your workout patterns.
You cannot just randomly get on a machine unless you know what you wish to achieve out of it. Once you have your ultimate target, break it down into smaller milestones. Reaching your final target can be painstakingly long in some cases therefore breaking it into smaller achievable milestones is important to stay motivated and consistent.
Choose the Right Plan
Not all workouts are meant for all body types and all goals. Once you are clear about where you stand and where do you need to reach, choose a plan that best fits your needs. Do you need a simple treadmill run or a full-fledged cardio plus strength training? Are you more comfortable with individual workout sessions or do you need group session? More importantly, do you need a full body workout or do you have targeted problem areas to address. For example there are targeted programs available such as love handle workout, belly fat workout, lower torso work outs etc. If machines are too boring for you, you can choose other fun yet effective programs such as High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Zumba, Crossfit and Kickboxing. The more you enjoy your workout, the better results there will be.
Tag a Friend Along
Many people find individual workouts super boring. Moreover, it is very easy to lose the track and back out if you are on your own. Tag a friend along, ideally someone who has similar weight loss goals. Having a workout partner does not only make the journey more fun, but also enables you to keep a check on one another and stay motivated and focus. You guys can reward and treat each other when a milestone is achieved.
Allow Resting and Healing Period
Take one step at a time. This is super important for those who are not generally used to working out and are beginners. Do not pick that 5 kg kettlebell on your first day at the gym. Build your stamina slowly and gradually. Do not put too much pressure on your muscles if they are not flexible. They will get used to it with time. Increase your time and lapses gradually. For example start with one set of burpees and gradually increase it to 3 or more. Allow your muscles adequate time to rest and recover in order to avoid any injuries.