If you’re just starting out on your workout journey, read this before you hit the gym. You’ll get the most out of your training when you’re healthy and stay safe.
Tip #1 - Take it Slow
We know you’re pumped to start working out and getting those gains, but the best thing you can do when you’re first starting out is to take it slow! Don’t try to go all out at first. Take breaks when you need them, and give yourself time!
Tip #2 - Set Clear Goals
Why did you decide to start working out? Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to gain muscle? Whatever your reason, set clear goals for yourself in order to ensure you reach and surpass (or, crush) those goals.
Tip #3 - Be Patient
This could be the single most important tip you receive. The truth is that gains don’t happen overnight. It’s a process. It’s going to take consistent, hard work everyday to get results.
Tip #4 - Be Realistic
When you’re deciding how often you’re working out and going to the gym, don’t do too much too quickly. Set a consistent plan you can stay motivated about. Start out by doing three 30-minute workouts a week until you’re ready to add more days to your workout plan.
Tip #5 - Find a Buddy
Having a workout buddy can keep you motivated. Ask around! Find other people in your life who have similar health goals, and use them as a way to keep yourself on track. It will be easier to stick to your goals!
Tip #6 - Pick Your Workouts Wisely
Do workouts you truly like. If you hate doing certain workouts, you’ll slow down and quickly stop working out entirely. It’s also important to know that your body gets used to certain workouts and that can cause you to “plateau” in the results you’re getting. So, every 6 to 12 weeks you should switch up your routine to keep your body guessing. That actually keeps it working harder toward your goals.
Tip #7 - Don’t Skip the Warm Up or the Cooldown
To avoid injury, it’s best to do a warmup and cooldown before and after every workout. The last thing you want to do is get hurt! When you’re injured, you’ll lose all the gains you worked so hard for. It’s simple: Just take 5 to 10 minutes to do some light moving around before you start your workout. It’ll give your body time to warm up and adjust. Similarly, move around a little after your workout, to give the body a chance to cool down.
Tip #8 - Master the Basics
Before you start getting more advanced with your workouts, make sure you’ve taken the time to fully master the basic moves. Practice good form. If you don’t, you’re much more likely to get injured. Nobody wants that!
Tip #9 - Embrace the Post-Workout High
Get in tune with your body. Think about how you’re feeling during and after your workouts. Feeling good about that “post-workout high” can help you stay active and motivated to work out.
Tip #10 - No more Excuses
When you prep in advance, you’ll have no excuses to put off working out! Lay out your workout clothes, meal prep, and sign up for workouts ahead of time, so when it’s time to actually do it, you can just breeze right through it.
Tip #11 - Be Grateful
Be grateful for what your body can do right now, and understand that your body is capable of getting better. It will take time. But when you acknowledge that, you’ll feel determined to continue working hard toward your fitness goals.
Tip #12 - Add a Supplement or Protein Powder to Your Routine
Think about the benefits of adding a supplement or protein powder to your routine. They can help make sure your body is getting all the essential nutrients and vitamins it needs, as you deplete them working out. Compare your goals to how a supplement or protein powder can help you maintain and improve your health.
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