Working Out As A Beginner- How To Start from Scratch
If you’re looking to become more active and start a workout routine you may be feeling a little bit overwhelmed. Between finding time for fitness as a mom (here are some tips) or creating a workout routine (check it out) you may not know where to start. Unfortunately this keeps a lot of people from hitting the gym and it shouldn’t!
While I love the fitness world, getting started with a routine is a bit horrific to be honest. In a world of technology you’re bombarded with different ways to work out, how to be intense, why you shouldn’t be intense and every kind of workout you may be able to do.
It’s no wonder most people wonder where the hell to start.
So instead of bombarding you with all the awesome exercises you can and should be doing, instead I wanted to just talk about getting started.
If you’re new to the fitness world you may be wondering what to do: go to a gym fitness class? Try crossfit? Go for a run? Do burpees? Just do squats and push ups?
First and foremost, find the best fit for you. Really and truly find a form of activity you both love and doesn’t slaughter your body. If you want to jump into a fitness routine you’ll never stick with it if you hate it. And trust me, you don’t have to hate it. You don’t get “better” results by despising that hour you’re working out. Find something you enjoy and rock it.
There are literally hundreds of options so below are a three aspects to consider.
What works best for your schedule?
If you’re a new mom chances are you won’t make it to a gym consistently a few days a week. Let’s face it, new mommy hood is insane. Instead, look at options you can do from home: dumbbells, bands, cardio, videos etc. Here’s a list of my favorite at home pieces of training equipment.
What is your body ready for?
If your new to working out my advice would to always be start with your own body weight and master the basic movements (squat, push, pull, hinge). If you’ve had an injury or a baby you’ll want to start with some rehabilitation movements to essentially prepare your body to workout.
Once you feel comfortable with the basics, you’ve improved your mind muscle connection and you’re more confident you won’t injury yourself, then start a fitness routine.
What style of workout suits you best?
As I mentioned, there’s a lot of ways to go about being active. With so many different activity styles find one that suits you. Here are some types of workouts that are available:
Slow & Steady: this type of workout is awesome for beginners. It could be done through pilates, at home with bands or bodyweight or at the gym with resistance. It means that you’re getting used to using your muscles, improving activation and really nailing down form and contraction. It develops your central nervous system and prepares you for just about everything.
Interval or Circuit Training: this type of workout is fast paced. The goal is to work mostly to fatigue, get your heart rate up and be intense. Intervals can be great.. but definitely not for everyone. If you’re still having trouble with your squats (pain, knees caving, no activation) then progressing to a fast paced workout isn’t a great idea.
Intense Workouts: this type of workout gears towards pushing your limits. Some bootcamps, crossfit, extreme heavy lifting or even extreme interval training at home like P90x. Like I said, they have their benefits but are normally not a great starting point for anyone just getting used to working out.
There’s a lot to consider when it comes to working out. My biggest advice is to start slow, ease into it and find something you genuinely enjoy. You don’t need to be intense all the time to reap the rewards of being active. Nor do you need to do specific workout because it’s popular. When getting started, do what works for you and no one else.
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If you’re brand new to working out getting started with a fitness program can be overwhelming and intimidating. but with so many options there’s definitely one that’s right for you. Take your time and find the best fit for your schedule, your abilities and your enjoyment.
Looking for more help in the fitness department? Check out these tips on How To Make A Workout Program & Resistance Training For Beginners