With summer finally here, it may be time to think about a new workout routine. No, you don’t have to look like a bodybuilder. Just doing a simple routine every other day can do wonders to tone and firm your unused muscle groups. Not sure how to get started? Below are six helpful tips you can use to get your workout routine going.
1. Don’t Over Challenge Yourself
Working out doesn’t have to be a grueling boot camp experience. More often than not, too much exercise, especially if you are out of shape, can lead to early burnout. Everyone wants to look their best and determination and dedication will eventually get you to your end goal. Depending on what shape you are in before you start your new routine, the main thing to remember is not to overdo it.
If you haven’t worked out since college, and college was fifteen years ago, don’t adopt the same routine. You have to ease yourself into it. Also, if you are attempting to begin a new workout routine on a low carb diet, begin with strength training and avoid all cardio until you are comfortably adapted.
2. Workout at the Same Time Each Day
The best way to help stick to a routine is to do it regularly and do it often. More importantly, do it at the same time every day (or at least every other day). When you are establishing a workout routine, you are creating a new habit. If you change the way you look at it and start doing a series of exercises, you will find you are less likely to reject it if you look at it as a positive experience. Your mindset has as much to do with sticking to a new workout routine as attempting to form a new habit.
3. Review the Lingo
Before you attempt to structure a new workout routine, be sure you have a good understanding of the terms and abbreviations for the lingo used. The most common words you will run into are
- Rep – Repetition
- Set – A group of reps
- Rest – A pause between sets that allows muscles to begin to recover
- Rest Days – Whole days off in between work out periods to allow muscle groups to recover
- Form – The safest way to perform an exercise that is least likely to result in an injury while your muscles receive the most benefit simultaneously
- Free Weights (or Dumbbells) – Weights that are not connected to workout machinery
4. Warm Up, Cool Down
Before each workout routine, be sure to warm up your muscles properly. This will only add on a few moments to your routine and you’ll be glad you did. Warming up your muscles will help you avoid sprains and twists.
However, don’t forget about the importance of cool down time as well. This is especially important if you are doing a lot of high cardio. Lace your fingers on top of your head and keep your legs moving by walking about for at least a minute or two at the end of your workout routine. This will open your lungs and help bring down your heart’s rapid beating.
5. Strength Train First
Strength training is one thing that can help get your day started. This can even easily be done through the practice of Yoga or following simple strength training exercises.
Men will begin to build muscle mass, and women will start seeing muscle definition after the first few months of regular repetitions. Unlike men, women can often do as many reps as they want and never bulk up because there is a lower amount of testosterone in their body.
6. Set Goals
This is the very best way to begin any workout routine because it will keep you motivated. Motivation is very important. You may start out doing well the first few days and then suddenly step on the scale and see a weight gain. As your body builds muscle, you will gain weight, but lose fat, and your clothing will fit looser.
The truth is, weighing yourself frequently will decrease motivation because weight fluctuates. If you stay true to your goals and you keep exercising, eventually you will reach them. Don’t give up.
Keep your list of goals where you can see them and keep your workout time reasonable. Start out at twenty minutes and then slowly increase that time each week. In the end, you’ll feel better about yourself and your energy levels will improve dramatically.