Beginners Guide to Working Out

We all know how important exercise is, but for one reason or another, not all of us are able to find the time or the motivation to actually do a workout.

In a world where it seems like everyone goes to the gym every day, it can be somewhat embarrassing to start off as a beginner and admit that you have no base fitness level or any idea how to properly workout and use equipment.

That being said, everyone has to start somewhere, so there’s absolutely no shame in admitting that you’re a complete novice. With this in mind, here is a guide to working out as a beginner.

Types of Workouts

First of all, it’s important to understand the different types of workouts. Here are the main types you need to be aware of:

Aerobic:

Aerobic exercises focus on endurance and entail your muscles having the required amount of oxygen to perform the exercise. Aerobic pertains to longer exercises like jogging or cycling and is frequently associated with improving cardiovascular health.

Anaerobic:

Anaerobic exercises are the opposite of aerobic exercises and mean that your muscles don’t have enough oxygen to perform the exercise. They are more intense and also improve your cardiovascular health.

Strength:

In addition to improving your cardio, you may also choose to tone up, and the best way to do this is through strengthening exercises. This usually entails using gym equipment and weights.

HIIT:

HIIT (high-intensity interval training) is a short, intense type of exercise. The workouts tend to be harder than normal workouts, but also considerably shorter, typically taking anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes to complete. They can include equipment or no equipment and may also be done at home.

The type of workout you choose to undertake will depend on your goals and what you want to achieve, but typically speaking, a mixture of strength and cardio is a good place to start.

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    Setting Goals

    Once you understand the different types of exercises and what to include in your routine, it’s time to think about setting goals. This is where you need to be realistic and realize that miracles don’t happen overnight.

    Try and remain positive and set small goals that are achievable. The number one mistake people make is setting unrealistic goals, failing to meet them in a specific timeframe, and then giving up.

    You need to give your body time to adjust to exercising, so this means progress will be somewhat slow because you’ll need more rest days than those who are more used to working out. Factor this into your goals

    Supplements

    Something that many beginners have questions about is workout supplements. Many people associate them with seasoned pros, but they can help beginners.

    For example, pre-workout supplements can help you get more energy and focus before you work out, helping you to achieve more. If you’re thinking about taking supplements, make sure you do your research and don’t overdo it, otherwise, you may experience adverse side effects.

    General Tips and Tricks

    Finally, let’s be good at general tips and tricks you can take on board before starting your workout journey.

    Hydration:

    Remember to drink lots of water throughout the day, especially after you finish working out so your body can replace what’s been lost.

    Diet:

    You will need to ensure your diet is optimized for working out, so make sure you’re eating lots of fruit, vegetables, protein, and carbs – your body will rely on these when working out and using energy.

    Warming up:

    Remember to warm up before diving into a workout so that your heart rate has a chance to adjust and your muscles are getting a good amount of blood flow.

    With these tips in mind, you should be able to build a good workout routine in no time!

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