A Beginner’s Guide to Working Out
Let’s be 100% honest with each other…RIGHT NOW: We’re all guilty of taking shortcuts that hinder us from reaching our optimal results when working out. The biggest issue with this is that most people don’t educate themselves enough to understand the effective way to add a shortcut…myself included.
The best solution to that is to always
We live in a world of instant results.
Blast away fat in 7 days.
Slim your waist-line in 2 weeks.
Get shredded in 14 days.
What we struggle with understanding best, is that these are not the most safe ways to approach weight-loss. I’m willing to bet a high-five and a humiliating comment that the majority of the people who tried one of the above…ended up putting that weight back on just as quick as they got rid of it.*
*NOTE: If you are a competition, athlete, or 100% understand your macros, etc.; you don’t belong to this group of peeps…haha – You know what you’re doing, so keep doin’ you boo-boo!
Shortcuts are just that: shortcuts. It’s for those moments where you want to be beach-ready in 2 weeks; you want to fit in that little black dress for your reunion; but here’s the biggest problem:
We want results now. But take a step back and remember where you were when you first started your journey. You were confused,
If you are early in your journey to becoming the best you and living a healthier lifestyle, a great place to start is with cardio. Try kicking off your workout with 30 minutes of some type of cardio three times per week. The other two days, incorporate your strength training routine. Remember it takes 21 days to form a habit. Success results from integrating working out into your daily routine.
Often times when you read or hear about exercise, the term “routine” shows up a lot. While having a routine is great, there is great value in “Mixing it up” as well. If you do the same routine day in and day out, your muscles will get used to it and become stagnant. To get the most out of your workout, exercise in intervals, mix up the intensity, and throw in a few new lifts or exercises each week to keep the body at its highest level.
Sometimes the simplest of things are the first things we forget to do. As humans, we breathe every day without hesitation. But as soon as we get into the gym, breathing goes out the window. Throughout a workout, having control of your breath will allow you to push through tough lifts and finish strong. Try to focus on your posture and on the muscles that you are working and focus on your breathing. Remember that your muscles need oxygen in order to work at optimum capacity.
It is also important to invest in a quality pair of workout shoes. Not the cutest or the coolest pair you can find but ones that provide comfort and stability to your body. Do some research and read reviews to find which specific type can benefit you the most. Shoes are so important and play an important role in your quest for a healthy lifestyle. When your feet are uncomfortable you are more likely to not workout. Not to mention you can get injured if you do not wear appropriate shoes for your workout. Many footwear stores can custom fit you for the correct pair of shoes for your personal stance, gait, and foot size.
You don’t have to go through this battle alone. Finding a partner to hold each other accountable will often keep you motivated and in the gym. Not only will you have someone there to push you to heights you could only image, working out with a partner is much safer. If you are alone during your weight exercises, you are less likely to try that next step. With a lifting buddy, you will be encouraged and comfortable to push yourself knowing that someone is there to protect and help you. Trust me, many of us have no idea how much we hold our bodies back just out of fear of failure.
Probably the most important thing to remember when you first start working out is to not obsess with the numbers and keep going. Results will not come overnight so make sure you have the right mindset going in. Setting goals are great way to measure your success but don’t forget, goals can always be reevaluated. Sometimes we set the bar too high and if we fail to reach it we just quit. Why not reevaluate that goal to something more attainable that you can build and expand on. In today’s society, it is easy to get locked in on the numbers. As beginners, sometimes we need to toss aside the numbers and just ask ourselves, “Do you feel like a better you?” If the answer is yes, then you are on the right track!