Having finally made the decision to start working out or going to a gym, most people get lost in the process of doing what is best for them. Most people just go the gym and start jumping around and lifting things at random. This may not be the best way to go about it. In fact, you may just end up wasting a whole lot of valuable time doing exercises that you downloaded of YouTube or Pinterest.
In order to get the most out of your workout sessions as a beginner, here are a few pointers that you can follow:
- Identify the reason why you want to start working out in the first place. This basically means knowing what you want to achieve as you go through the workout routines. It could be to tone up, lose weight, build mass or just stay fit the options are many.
- Understanding your body type is the next thing you should do. This will help you know what you have to work with in order to achieve some semblance of results.
- Starting somewhere, regardless of how small. You will not look ridiculous as a guy lifting some 8-pound dumbbells and neither will you as a lady. Starting small and gradually improving is good for your muscles.
- Consult a trainer before lifting weights or doing particular routines. This will help you avoid unnecessary injuries from overdoing something or poor handling of machines
- Watch your nutrition before starting on a program. Reduce sugars and carbohydrates and increase protein and vitamins while drinking loads of water. Eating clean will ensure that your workouts are not counterproductive. While at this you should also find out how much calories you will need to take in daily.
- Get professional programs tailored just for you. As earlier mentioned, you can quite literally grab a workout program off someplace on the internet but there is really no one size fits all and so getting a personalized program will help you get the most out of working out
- Spot training does not really work. In order to see a significant change in any part of the body, you will need to work on the entire body before narrowing down to exercises that target specific body parts
- High-intensity cardio will give more yields than just running for an hour, even on the treadmill. This is because HIIT will help you burn twice the amount of calories in a shorter period of time and help you build muscle faster.
- Having smaller meals spread across your day will be more effective as opposed to having three main meals. The increased smaller servings will improve your metabolism and give you better results after a period of consistent workout
- You don’t need to take long hours working out or lifting weights. Shorter time with clinical precision in the workouts will give far better results.
- If your agenda in the gym is to gain mass or weight, you should be prepared to lose weight first before any gains are made because your body will have to break down fats before building any muscles
- Muscle growth happens outside of the gym and so giving your muscles ample recovery time will give you the result you need without causing harm to your muscles.
- Increase the number of days you train per week as you continue to adjust to the whole process, you don’t have to train or workout daily
There are no shortcuts to weight loss. Once you understand that, you will focus on working for the body you want without the teas and spandex sideshows. Whatever you do while working out, remember the effects will show, gradually but they will show so be patient.