Fitspiration: A Beginner’s Guide To a Fitter Life
Have you ever wanted to steer your life into a more healthy and active direction but didn’t quite know where to start? If your answer is yes, then we’re here to tell you that you are not alone. Several people have indeed attempted to keep their lives fit and healthy, but several of them have also failed. While we can’t really pinpoint the common cause of this problem, we can, instead, provide some ideas on how you can avoid going down the same road.
Being healthy and staying healthy and fit all heavily depend on meticulous planning and dedication. If you are serious about keeping a healthy lifestyle, then be prepared to adhere to a certain set of rules and mindset. You must keep in mind that even the littlest detail in your life affects how your entire journey is going to unfold. So it’s crucial that you stay in full control of every single detail of your daily routine. It’s also worth noting that deciding to stay fit and healthy will come with a certain degree of difficulty. So if you’re unsure how to go about with this journey, then keep reading cause we have some interesting tips ahead.
SETTING AND PLANNING
According to WebMD, the first step into jumping to fitness is to plan and research. If you’re keen on doing workouts at home, then lean towards options that require less equipment and supervision. With the help of social media and technology, you won’t have a hard time finding some possible fit for you on the internet. But if you’re a little bit more serious, then chief exercise physiologist Cedric Bryant suggests consulting your physician and other health and wellness experts regarding options that are safe and suitable for you. It might cost you a few extra pennies, but it’ll be worth the investment if it’s for your health and well-being. Once you’ve determined the workouts and routines you want, get to planning, and set your calendar. This will help you monitor your progress and allow you to stay on track.
KNOWING THE VOCABULARY
To a certain degree, a well-researched and well-planned routine is very useful and will help you in your way to getting more healthy. If you’re a fitness rookie, then it will help you better understand the language of exercising. It will also help you receive fitness instructions since you are well-acquainted with the terminologies used. Some important terms to keep in mind as a beginner are as follows:
- Cardiovascular activityor exercises that help increase your heart rate and adrenaline.
- Flexibility training/stretching,which refers to the specialized movements designed to lessen joint and muscle strain,
- Resistance training,or exercises designed to improve strength and endurance,
- Set,which refers to the time needed to complete an exercise routine,
- Repetition or reps, which refer to the amount of time you need to repeat certain exercises, and many more.
Once you’ve nailed down the fitness language, it’s time to start exploring the endless catalog of exercise options. This is where your plans come in. Since there are several exercises and combinations out there, choosing and trying everything out can be quite overwhelming. The good thing is, every single exercise and set of exercises have different effects on the body. And you can choose which ones to incorporate into your routine by determining your purpose. Are you planning on becoming a runner or joining a marathon? If so, then you might want to explore the world of cardiovascular and strength conditioning workouts. If you want to lose weight and tone your muscles, then go for more fat burning and tightening workouts. You might also need to swipe your credit card to purchase some equipment, but just like we said, it will be worth it.
Speaking of equipment, you would need to familiarize yourself with that area as well. If you’re not really planning on getting a gym membership, then consider some small fitness investments for your home. These include small weights, resistance bands, yoga mats, BOSU balls, and a few others. If you know what kind of workout you want to do at home, then it will also be easier for you to choose which equipment you need. However, if you need access to more heavy-duty equipment at the gym, then try to familiarize yourself with them as well. For example, if you need to train your stamina and cardio, maybe consider hopping onto the treadmill or cycling bikes. If you need to strengthen and build your muscles, then head on down to the weights and dumbbells section. You can also give exercise balls a try, although experts say supervision is advised. There are several other types of equipment out there, so just keep doing your research and stay motivated.
Based on materials from Jump Start by WebMD