With summer right around the corner, there’s a high chance you’ll consider getting fit and healthy. The problem is, you’ve never done anything like this before, and you don’t know where to start. You have so many questions floating around in your head and you need answers. You need help. I can’t answer every single question in your brain, but I can give you some advice.
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Set Realistic Goals
You should set yourself goals before you start working out. Visualize what you want to achieve, and the time you want to achieve it by. It’s important to set goals, so you have something to work towards. For example, set yourself a goal for six weeks. This could simply be, I want to have lost 10 lbs, or I want to be able to do 100 sit ups. These are achievable goals, goals you can easily reach. Don’t set yourself a goal like ‘I want to look like Jen Selter in six weeks time’ because it’s unrealistic. You’ll only end up upset if you give yourself unrealistic goals.
You Can’t Target Areas For Fat Loss
People always want to know how to lose body fat; it’s one of the first questions a beginner asks. But some beginners think that you can target parts of your body to lose fat from. They think that certain exercises will get rid of fat from parts of your body. This isn’t the case; you can’t target a specific body part to lose fat from. If you want to lose arm fat, there aren’t specific exercises that only lose arm fat. You lose fat throughout your body.
Know Your Limits
When starting out, you need to go through a ‘testing’ phase. Test what your body is capable of. You don’t want to try doing things your body cannot do. You need to know your limits. Don’t copy people in the gym, figure out what exercises are best for you. There are four great exercises for beginners shown here.
HIIT Or Steady-State Cardio?
You’ve probably heard of HIIT before; it’s a different style of training. Training with high intensity for short intervals. The idea is you burn calories in a short amount of time. It can be better than steady-state cardio – jogging/cycling for a long period at a steady pace. The reason it can be better is because you can burn calories in a shorter space of time. That’s not to say you won’t burn as many through steady-state cardio, it will just take longer. But, steady-state cardio can be good for beginners. I’d recommend starting out steady for a week or two, then moving on to HIIT once your fitness is up.
Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t see immediate results. The fitness lifestyle is something you need to enter with a positive outlook. You won’t achieve anything if you’re constantly down. Keep yourself motivated by remembering your goals. Talk to other people in the fitness community too. They can share feelings and advice that will keep you motivated and positive!
Being a beginner is always scary! But with this advice, you have a bit more knowledge and can begin your journey in a more comfortable frame of mind.