By Jon Allo
Exercise for beginners can seem like a difficult activity. We all know that regular exercise can make you look and feel great but it can be a challenging if you don’t know where to begin. Here are 6 tips about exercise for beginners to help you get started.
1. Set Yourself An Objective.
Rather than have a vague target like ‘lose weight’ or ‘build muscle’ set a specific goal to do a specific amount of exercise over a specific period of time. As an example, you could commit to go running three times per week for 30 minutes.
2. Keep An Exercise Notebook.
Make sure you keep a note of your exercise sessions to monitor your progress. Write down what exercise you have done during the week and include things like how far you ran, the number of lengths you swam and how you felt after the workout.
3. Start Slowly.
Begin your workout regime gradually. Increase the amount you exercise and the intensity of your exercise session each week. People usually overestimate their capability to exercise. A good general guideline is to start out a routine at 30% less than you think you can handle and then work your way up from there. Then, rather than overestimating and feeling guilty that you have not achieved your objectives, when you underestimate you’ll feel good about exceeding your goals.
4. Find An Exercise Buddy.
Try exercising with a friend or family member. That way you may find it easier to stay motivated and you can both help to encourage each other. You can try new exercise routines together and you’ll be less likely to quit your new exercise plan.
5. Start Small and Build Up.
The best exercise for beginners is something simple like walking. Walk for a short distance or only for a short amount of time at first. When you feel your body is doing well with this pace, increase the distance or time a little and keep building momentum.
6. Find An Exercise You Enjoy.
Exercise for beginners can become something you dread if you don’t enjoy it. There are hundreds of good ways to exercise and by giving some of them a try, you’re sure to find at least one that you enjoy. You may find that you enjoy a 30 minute home workout more than going out to exercise. Once you find a workout that you enjoy doing, stick with it, and you will start to see the benefits in no time at all.
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