Beginners Tips 01
So often we are full of beans this time of year and feel super motivated and enthusiastic about our goals for the new year which is GREAT! However, with fitness it is best to start small and build up gradually. This will help you avoid injury and emotional/motivational burnout, making you more likely to succeed!
Ask for help! If you're not sure what you're doing then find someone who is qualified to advise you and ask them! People can sometimes feel initimdated by fitness professionals, but I promise you that we are actually a really lovely bunch of people who genuinely WANT to help people!
Prep your kit the night before! You can't expect to be motivated ALL the time, so one of the best ways to ensure you stay on track is to make it SUPER easy to get on with your workout. Little barriers can get in the way of success on those days when you just don't feel motivated, so removing them is key to success! Plus, if you are feeling a bit 'meh' and can't be bothered to do your workout, you're more likely to get on with it if you've already got everything ready!
When you're brand new to exercise, or getting into it for the first time in a while it is an excellent opportunity to get everything RIGHT! By that I mean, get correct technique and make sure you are working your muscles properly and getting the most out of your workout. To do this, it's really important that you don't aim too high! 1 really good repetition of something is waaaay better than 10 rubbish ones so work to your own ability, regardless of what everyone else around you is doing, and make sure you're doing it right! You'll thank yourself in the long-run!
Make sure that you are staying hydrated! Dehydration can make you feel lethargic, demotivated and ultimately stop you from wanting to workout! Plus, when you’re properly hydrated it will actually boost your exercise performance meaning you will get more benefits from your workouts and potentially even achieve your goals quicker! Proper hydration also aids digestion, helps to maintain blood pressure, prevents kidney damage AND reduces your chance of suffering a hangover!
Rest is an important part of becoming stronger and fitter! Make sure you take 1 day a week where you allow your body to recover!
If you want to move everyday then try splitting your workouts between upper and lower body so your lower body has a rest on the days when you're working the upper body and vice versa! Or add a day of gentle stretching to your week!
Don't do too much too soon!
Aiming too high can lead to burn out, lack of motivation and can even make you more prone to injury. It's much better to start small and build up gradually!