If you haven’t worked out for some time, or perhaps you have never really worked out before, then getting started is likely to give you a little bit of apprehension. This is however entirely normal and the key to getting started is to follow some basic rules and guidelines. Fitness guru Selin Sakarcan is someone who I often follow and that is because she will discuss fitness tips for all abilities and for people who indulge in all kinds of exercise routines. Following on from this inspiration, here are some tips which all beginners should follow when it comes to working out from scratch.
The saying that you should ‘walk before you can run’ is absolutely essential here when you first start working out, and you can take it both figuratively and literally. Your initial week or two of working out, is about you getting into the swing of things, and that is all. This is not about busting your gut to achieve great things and it is not about trying to kill yourself in the gym to see big results. There is not rush and the key right now is to build a solid foundation on which to start from. Even if you feel that you are not gaining much by walking or from lifting super light weights, believe me you will be making small improvements to your body.
Milestones are a great way for you to stay focused, and to feel a sense of reward. The trap which many fall into however is that they set tough to reach milestones, and then end up feeling unsatisfied when they can’t achieve them. If you set easy to reach milestones however then you will find that you can achieve them easier and that you will have a chance to feel proud of what you have achieved. Little by little you can increase the difficulty of each goal, in the beginning however, they should be visible and relatively easy to reach.
Working out with someone else, especially at this early stage, is a great way for you to get motivated and to stay inspired. This doesn’t have to be a fellow beginner, although if you feel more comfortable with this then it could certainly help. The idea of buddying up is so that you can both push each other that little bit harder. In terms of staying focused and consistently working out, this is also a great way for you to stay focused.
It is important that you treat every aspect of your workouts as something to learn from. You are trying to understand your body and its limitations, recovery time and the difficulty of doing certain workouts and exercises. If you go to hard then pull back, if you’re not seeing results then switch things up, the goal is to understand your body, what you are able to do and what you are not able to do.
Good luck and stay consistent, you’ll do great!