If you’re new to this thing called exercise, especially at a consistent level, it’s definitely normal to be a little intimidated and not at ease.
There are so many different types of exercises and It can be overwhelming when constantly seeing people do bizarre workouts on social media and feeling like that’s what it takes to be healthy.
The truth is, there are simple tips that can make exercising easier, especially for beginners. In this short read, we’ll explore 5 tips for exercising at ease, so you can start your fitness journey with confidence.
Start Slowly and Gradually Increase the Intensity
One of the biggest and most common mistakes among beginners new to an exercise routine is going too hard too fast. This generally leads to overtly sore muscles, a decrease in workout enthusiasm, and even injury.
I believe it’s more important to start your new training program slowly and gradually increase the intensity of the exercises as you progress.
A study published in the Journal of Sport and Health Science found that gradual increases in exercise intensity can improve overall fitness and reduce the risk of injury in beginners.
Choose Activities You Enjoy
The way humans are biologically wired is to be comfortable. The nature of working out; it’s everything but comfortable. So choosing exercises that you enjoy will actually make your workout easier.
It’s much more likely that you’ll stick to a new exercise routine if you enjoy the activities vs if you don’t.
There are different types of exercise to choose from, like running, weightlifting, and yoga. Experiment with different activities until you find the ones you enjoy most.
Find a Workout Buddy
Working out with a friend can make exercise more fun and motivating. A study published in the Journal of Social Sciences found that having a social support system can increase exercise adherence in beginners.
Find a friend who has similar fitness goals and schedule regular workout sessions together. But you don’t have to limit this to physical fitness.
They can be your accountability partner for your nutrition goals and even mental health goals as well. Having a workout friend is amazing because you have a dedicated person to help keep you at ease through your journey and someone to hold you accountable.
Incorporate Strength Training
Many beginners focus solely on cardio exercise, but strength training is just as important. Strength training can help build muscle, which is the most efficient way to burn fat — having more muscle mass.
Studies show that strength training can improve overall fitness and reduce the risk of injury in beginners. Incorporate exercises that work all major muscle groups, such as squats, push-ups, and planks.
Strength training has many faces. From lifting heavy weights at the gym to performing 20 reps of banded lurks in your garage. Find what fits you and run with it.
Stay Hydrated and Fuel Your Body Properly
Proper hydration and nutrition are essential for optimal performance during exercise. You should be drinking water like clockwork to set your body at ease. Our bodies are primarily made up of water (about 70%) this essential element has been shown to enhance the results of exercise, if consumed regularly.
Your body is a machine and it can’t be at ease if you’re not inputting the right foods constantly to maintain a healthy state. If you’re on a journey to get in better shape, improving your nutrition is key to this transformation. Your plate should consist of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats.
It’s also vital to eat before working out. There are lots of fasting methods out there but the facts show that performing physical activities with inadequate amounts of energy (food) leads to a poor workout session and could result in injury.
Exercising can be intimidating for all individuals not just beginners. By starting slowly, choosing activities you enjoy, finding a workout buddy, incorporating strength training, and staying hydrated and fueled properly, you can make exercise easier and more enjoyable.
Remember that consistency is key when it comes to exercise. Stick to a routine that will not only produce results but keep your body at ease.
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