If you’ve decided to get healthier and shapelier, congratulations. Not only does working out, make you look great, it makes you feel great and improves your health. I often work with beginners who don’t know where to start. Many of my videos are geared specifically for those people, but still provide good ideas for anyone that wants to add variety to their fitness program. Here are a few steps to keep in mind when you’re starting a workout program.
Set a goal, record your starting point and check with your health care professional.
It’s always important to check with your healthcare professional first, especially if you have a serious condition or over the age of 40. Most of the time, they’ll be glad you made the decision to improve your health. You need to set a goal before you start. That goal should be important to you. It may be the goal of losing inches or weight, having more endurance or more strength. Take measurements if your goal is to lose inches. Record reps, weight and reps when you follow the video for the first time and each time you workout to identify your starting point. Take full body selfies wearing a revealing outfit like a sports bra and shorts or a bathing suit. You’ll repeat that process wearing the same outfit every three to six weeks to show your progress.
Don’t overdo it when you start, but focus on form at first.
If the heaviest thing you’ve lifted in years is the remote, you shouldn’t expect to have super strength. Start slowly at first and let your body adjust to working out. Just moving ten minutes may be more exercise than you’ve had in years. Focus on form at first. Using proper form is more important than the number of reps you do initially. Overworking, especially the older you get, can pull muscles that put you out of commission for a while. After a few workouts, you can step up your game and push yourself further. Always record your progress so you can see how much you’ve achieved.
Stick with it.
Most people fail to continue around week three. Be ready for that week. While the program I present is easy enough to follow and fun, I can encourage you, but I can’t make you do it. It’s up to you. Find an inspiration for that critical time when most people find their motivation is lagging. Keep your goal in front of you. Give yourself a treat, like a new workout outfit or a massage. Focus on getting through week three and four without quitting. You’ll be glad you did.
- Schedule your workout for a specific time of each day you workout. Make your appointment with exercise just as important as a doctor or dentist appointment. Make your workout a habit.
- Challenge yourself. Once you have committed and have seen progress, start challenging yourself by doing just a few more repetition each workout.
- Start eating healthier, especially if you want to lose weight or inches. Healthy eating focuses on whole foods and eliminates processed food, added sugar and white flour. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or just want to feel better, eating healthier is a must.
- Follow my program and when you want variety, there are so many others available from which to choose. You’ll love switching around various workouts as you get fitter and find that no matter how fit you are, trying a new program can be quite challenging.
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