With the New Year in full swing, it's the perfect time to kick your exercise routine into high gear. These health & fitness tips for beginners will help prevent early stumbling blocks and get you on the path to looking and feeling great!
1. Warm Up/Stretch
It might sound simple, but you'd be surprised at how many people don't do it. The benefits of stretching include improving flexibility and increasing blood flow to your muscles. Stretching also is thought to help prevent injuries which would hinder your New Year's fitness goals.
It is critically important that you stay hydrated throughout the day and during your work out. Drinking water before, during, and after exercise helps regulate your body temperature and prevent muscle cramps.
Whether you are strength training for a competition or simply focusing on better health habits, starving yourself is not the way to reach your fitness goals. Food provides your body with the energy it needs to support your workouts. Be sure you are incorporating well balanced meals into your diet.
4. Use Technology To Your Advantage
Having a plan of attack before striking off into the gym will help you stay focused and reduce distractions. One app that can help you track your gym progress as well as your meals is My Fitness Pal. My Fitness Pal is available to download for free in the Google Play and Apple app stores.
5. Set Fitness Goals
No matter what your health and fitness aspirations are, having clearly defined achievable goals will help you stay the course. A goal as simple as walking for 20 minutes a day is a small step you can take toward a healthier lifestyle.
6. Find Some Gym Buddies
Having someone to work out with can not only be fun, but it can also add some friendly competition into your day. A good gym buddy will also help you stay focused on your goals. Ask friends or family to come with you to get fit!
7. Wear Comfy Clothing
Too often, people go to the gym to "look good" and forget about being comfortable. Wearing clothes that are too tight or too loose can sometimes inhibit the workouts you choose to do. Sweat it out AND be comfortable while you're exercising.
8. Dump The Excuses
Everyone gets busy or has to work, etc., etc. Things come up. Don't let that stop you from getting out there and being active. Start the New Year off the right way by taking small steps toward being a happier healthier you.
You can do it!