If you’re just getting started with fitness or are getting back into it after an extended break, then you may be wondering what kind of things you should get started with.
Although there’s a wealth of information online to help you with this, it can also get pretty overwhelming if you’re not sure what kind of workout is best for you, so below we’ve given you a few tips to help you discover the best workout routine for you so that you can achieve your fitness goals.
Know your limits:
Before you go and do any kind of workout, it’s really important that you take into consideration your current levels of health and fitness. If you suffer from any conditions or pain that could be made worse by sports or working out, then these will need to be avoided, or at least only undertaken when you’ve gotten the okay from a doctor or sports professional.
Likewise, if you’ve not been to the gym for years and don’t lead a very active lifestyle, then your current level of fitness is something you’ll need to work your way up to your limits will be a lot lower, so immediately going to look for the heaviest and best kettlebells or trying to run 10km right off the bat is probably not the best strategy.
Think about what you want to achieve:
Instead of just hitting the gym without a plan, then have a think about your fitness goals before you sign up for any classes or start working out. Do you want to build upper body strength or are you looking to get killer abs? What you want to achieve from your workouts will determine what exercises you do, and the type of equipment you’ll be using.
Starting a journey towards better health and fitness is a positive step, so it’s understandable that a lot of people are enthusiastic about it and keen to get started. However, this enthusiasm can over lead to people over-estimating their ability, and also the amount of time they need to put in to get good results.
The best thing to do is start off small and slow with 20 minutes and a few different exercises per day. Then as you gain more strength and stamina, add a little extra to your routine every day.
It’s also worth noting that you don’t need to be working out for hours each day to see good results. A 20-30 minute workout is more than enough and will make a positive difference to your health.
Do things you enjoy:
A common mistake that people make when it comes to working out is doing things they think they have to do or that others have recommended to them. However, working out should be fun and if you’re doing things you don’t like, then you’ll lose motivation quickly, so play around with different exercises to see what you enjoy and what aligns with your goals and fitness needs.
Hopefully, these tips will help you identify and create a good fitness routine that really works for you.