Regular exercise is very important for health; it has been linked to numerous health benefits. But starting and sticking to an exercising routine can be very hard. It requires a lot of effort and discipline. This article is a complete beginners guide for how to start exercising if you want to begin it but are having a hard time figuring things out on how to do it:
Why do I need to exercise?
Regular exercise has a lot of benefits. You will start feeling improvement in your health soon after you start up an exercising routine. Exercise helps in maintaining an ideal weight, improves heart health, maintain muscle mass and prevent chronic diseases.
Research has also shown that regular exercise can help you sleep better, improve your mental health, lift your mood and improve your sex life. What’s more, it also can maintain your energy levels. Over all regular work out can help improve your overall health in so many different ways, it is powerful and can make you feel better.
How to get started?
It is very important to check on a few things before you start working out, some of the things you may wish to consider are:
It is important to consult your doctor and get yourself checked before you start working out. It is especially important for men above 45 years of age. Speaking to a doctor before starting working out would help prevent any injuries during working out.it will also help you optimize your work out and plan a workout routine according to your limitations and routine.
Making a workout plan will help you keep motivated and achieve your goals. Start small, for example if you plan to finish a 5Km run. You can always work up to 5km if you start small, and plan easy steps to follow and gradually reach up to your desired goal. It will get easier with time as your fitness levels improve. It will keep you motivated every step of the way.
Another important step when planning to start an exercising routine is to feel motivated and make it a habit and stick to it. One review concluded that replacing unhealthy habits with new healthy ones is a great way to maintain it and stick to it. Moreover, making a schedule and exercising at that time is a good way to stick to it, for example if you schedule to workout daily after your work, would help you adopt and get used to it.
How much to exercise?
You don’t need to work out like an athlete or exercise for hours to enjoy the health benefits. The American College for sports medicine recommends working out atlas 150 minutes per week. It does not have to be strenuous, moderate exercise is just fine. you can spread it throughout the week in a way that you exercise 30 minutes daily or 40 minutes every other day.
It is important not to overdo it as well. Starting small and slowly building your way up to your goal is the key as your fitness levels improve. Allowing your body to rest is also very important.
Not letting your body recover from the work out stress increases the chances of injuries like stress fractures and muscle strains. It also increases the chances of weakening of your immune system, hormonal imbalances, depressed mood, chronic fatigue and risk of infection.
Some tips for the beginners:
If you just started working out, it is important to consider a few things to stay active and up for regular work out session, first of all, it is important to stay hydrated at all times. Drink enough water when exercising, it will help you replenish the water you lost due to sweating during exercise.
It also will keep you from feeling tired and keep yup your energy levels. Diet is also very important, it is important to eat a well-balanced diet when you are working out, it is crucial to eat a balanced proportion of carbs, protein and healthy fats to stay active and feel healthy.
Carbs provide fuel for the muscles for exercise. Protein helps prevent muscle loss, repair tissues damage and builds muscle mass and healthy fats help in burning body fat and provide energy for the workout. Also listen to your body needs. if you feel uncomfortable or pained, it is a good idea to stop and rest, pushing through the pain is not a good idea as it can be demotivating and also increases the chances of injuries.
Follow these steps and start up your healthy workout plan, good luck!
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