How to Start Working Out
A lot of people want to get in shape. A lot of people also like to think about it, but have a hard time actually getting started (and sticking with it). I covered in a previous article in much more detail how to get in shape and lose weight, so this article will be more focused on just getting started.
For those who have attempted to lose weight, as you may know, it can be difficult. It takes determination, effort, and consistency in our workouts. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be an endless struggle, so long as you have the right approach.
Start Small, Work Your Way Up
This is a very simple tip, but a very important one for those who are just starting to work out.
Start small, and work your way up.
When most people want to lose weight or get in shape, most want to it happen instantly. When you’re just starting to work out, the key is to not focus on instant results, but focus on the long term pay off. Many times, when people first start, they sometimes work their bodies so hard that they end up pulling a muscle, or becoming so exhausted they have to take several days off, and sometimes more.
It would be safe to assume that working your body to the point of exhaustion and then having to take several days off is far less beneficial than performing small work outs, working your way up, and being able to work out 4-5 times per week.
And for those who are thinking “screw this, I’m just gonna go hard until my body gives out.” think of it like sun tanning. As most of us understand, sitting out in the sun for 7 hours does not result in a better tan than sitting out for 1 hour a few times a week. The person sun bathing for 7 hours ends up burnt, can’t go out in the sun for a few weeks, and then has to start all over.
It’s the same thing with working out, whether to lose weight or gain muscle.
For a good workout example, if you’re just starting to do cardio to lose weight or get in better shape, you could start by running just 2 half miles circuits 4-5 days out of the week. The next week increase to 3 or 4 half mile circuits. The next week, increase to (2) 1 mile circuits. (Or for those on a machine, start at a lower level for 10-20 minutes and then work your way up.) Once your body is comfortable with that, then increase the intensity of the workout.
This lets you actually track your progress and get in better shape simultaneously ..
Point being: Start small, and work your way up so you don’t over train, and gradually gain comfort with the new routine, and can get the most from your workouts. Get to know your body and how much it can handle. (This also applies to nearly anything in life, whether starting a business, new goal, etc.)
So to drive the point home: Start small, and work your way up. Give it some time and you’ll be doing hardcore workouts in no time. The only difference is your body will be prepared and able to handle the intensity, rather than resulting in burn out.