Back to basics
Sometimes the most simple things can be extremely beneficial. Are you wanting to get active but don’t know where to begin? Just taking a walk can be a great place to start. Walking is free, simple and an easy way to become healthier, get active and lose weight. Swimming is also a simple, affordable and great way to get active no matter what age or ability you are. You could try swimming in a pool, open water swimming or aqua aerobics.
Things to consider
It is important to stay hydrated, especially when exercising to maintain hydration levels. Drinking fluids, particularly water, helps to maintain optimal performance whilst exercising, as well as aiding recovery to prepare you for your next workout.
Eating a healthy balanced diet will support you in your fitness routine. All of the food groups have different nutritional values which can boost your energy levels, help with recovery and allow you to perform at a higher level. Carbohydrates can give you energy and fuel your muscles, they also help to absorb amino acids and replenish your glycogen stores. Types of carbohydrates include pasta, rice and fruit. In addition, protein helps to build and repair muscles, foods include; fish, meat, eggs and nuts. Eating healthy fats are great for making your energy levels longer, burn fat and reduce hunger. For example, avocado, cheese and dark chocolate.
Warming up before you workout can be highly beneficial in preventing injuries and improving athletic performance. It also helps to reduce feelings of soreness after a workout and can improve flexibility. Before working out try simple aerobic exercises such as walking lunges, a walk or shoulder rolls.
Adding a cool down after a workout is very important as it helps your body to return to its previous state. Setting aside a few minutes after your workout can help prevent injuries, muscle soreness, restore breathing patterns and blood circulation. For example you could go for a light walk or have a stretch.
Consider what your body needs
You do not want to throw yourself into the deep end if your body is not used to exercising regularly. Consider your limits and understand that suddenly working out harder and faster is not always the best approach. When exercising, if you feel any discomfort or pain you should stop for a minute and rest your body. Continuing to exercise in pain will only cause injuries. Also taking rest days can be beneficial for recovery.
Taking your time to figure out what exercises you enjoy, your goals and where you want to progress can help you stick to a routine now and in the future. This can be difficult, but with real goals, there are so many benefits which can help you live a happy and healthy life. There are so many types of exercise that you can select from, choose some that you like and keep your workouts varied to prevent boredom and enhance motivation. You should work at your own pace and build up gradually to increase your fitness levels. Also tracking your fitness progress or working out with friends and family is a great way to stay motivated and help you reach your goals.
Are you ready? Start your fitness journey today!