Exercise for Beginners
Decided to start exercise programs but don’t know how to go about it? This article offers some basic tips for people who are fairly new to fitness training and looking for the best workouts and routines.
Research studies has proved that the regular exercise can cure some forms of heart disease and anxiety. Exercise has been effective to prevent and recover from some types of cancer, arthritis, and depression. Regular exercise can help people lose weight and become slim and smart.
As a beginner, we need to understand our goal and the type fitness method that we like. Try asking these questions to ourselves
- What type of exercise that we enjoy doing?
- Are we comfortable doing these activities regularly?
- What type of exercises that we do not like?
According to Redberg, there are different ways we can do our exercise methods that would benefit our body. Walking, running, dancing, cycling, gardening, doing household activities are few of them. Whatever activities we choose, the most important thing is to become active in an exercise that we would enjoy everyday. When we start doing something we like, that will increase chances to make it as our habit on every day.
How much exercise one should do as a beginner?
Experts recommends that at least 30 minutes of brisk walking or any other moderate-intensity physical activity on every day is enough to maintain a body fit and healthy. We can find out our intensity of exercise by checking our heart rate and pulse during the exercise. Target heart rate for moderate-intensity physical activity should be 50% to 70% of maximum heart rate.
Maximum Heart Rate of a person varies based on the age. We can calculate the age related heart rate by subtracting the person’s age from 220.
At first, we need to evaluate what type of exercise suits to our body. It is better to consult with a doctor and find out, if any particular type exercise is suitable for our body or not. It is very important that we should get a medical clearance from our doctor especially when we are prone to any heart ailments or any other complications. Males aged above 45 and female aged above 55 should compulsorily get approval from a doctor before going to enroll with any fitness program. In case of older people, get a thorough check up and advice from the doctor even if their present medical conditions is satisfactory.
Where should we start our exercise? At home or at fitness center?
It is better to enroll with a reputed fitness center as a beginner. At the fitness center, we can choose the exercise with the help of an expert fitness trainer there. Remember, whatever exercise we choose, start with low intensity in the beginning and continue build up over in the coming days. This approach is most appropriate to the longevity of our exercise program. If we start exercise with hard steps in the beginning itself, that could only cause injuries and exhaustion to our body. Many beginners make the mistake of starting out their exercise too aggressively assuming that it would produce instant results. According to fitness experts, such people with aggressive approach will not stick with their fitness program for long. It is better to develop our exercise as a new habit that we can stick with for life long.
We should always choose an exercise that we enjoy doing or else it will be hard for us to continue doing the same thing daily for long. Suppose if we do not like jogging in the early morning, choose a time that we are comfortable. Choose an exercise that we enjoy doing the most or the activities that we hate the least, because then only we continue practice it for long and complete our fitness term.
Not getting optimal results?
This happened because we were not doing the right thing until now and that prevent us from getting the results we aimed. Here are few points for beginners to focus on and get the best results.
Don’t get stressed, relax
Beginners often get stressed during the first few days of their fitness program because they are anxious about their body weight and eager to achieve results quickly. Lack of preparation, lack of confidence are some of the reasons for such anxiety. Don’t get stressed during the workout. Approach every activity with relaxed mind. Do some medication, if required. Set a realistic goal for different phases of fitness program and focus on them to achieve. Never push yourself hard to achieve anything as that can cause injuries. Develop enthusiasm and get motivated to try different fitness methods. Remember, patience is the companion of wisdom.
Exercise on all days
As a beginner, it is very important for us to stick to our fitness program with utmost dedication. Don’t miss exercise on any day and make it as a habit. Choose the most comfortable time and place for our exercise and that would encourage us follow the exercise routine daily. We need to maintain a consistency in all our fitness activities. Keep doing something on every day and enjoy what we do!
Slow and Steady
Do every exercise slowly and carefully. Use fitness machines and equipment carefully and understand how to operate them safely. Attend fitness classes regularly and learn more about these fitness equipment and safe fitness practices. Understand common exercise mistakes mentioned in this article and follow the best practices always. For any help, always take guidance from the Gym instructor.
What if no exercise interest us?
Walking and Aerobic exercise are the best alternatives if we don’t find any exercises that interest us.
Walking is a suitable exercise for all type of people. If you are physically weak, then consider walking for ten minutes everyday. Increase the duration by five minutes in every two weeks. Like this, we can increase the limit as the body stamina starts showing some improvements. Enjoy what you are doing. Let one of your friends also start practice with us and make our fitness practice more enjoyable.
Aerobic/cardiovascular exercises speed up our heart rate and breathing temporarily. Some of the most common Aerobic/ cardiovascular exercise are walking, running, cycling, dancing, and swimming. Cardiovascular exercise strengthen our heart and enhance our lung capacity. Do some cardiovascular exercise, like brisk walking, running or swimming, to elevate heart rate for 20-30 minutes to get the best result. Follow this at least five times a week. Do some slow, static stretches that last for 20 seconds for at least 4 to 7 days every week.
To be on a safer side, we should always seek our fitness expert’s opinion when we want to make any changes in our existing fitness program. If we are not keen on doing any exercise, then we need to consider moving to the nearest tennis or golf course where we can get more chances to explore our self.