If you are new to working out, you might feel overwhelmed with the thought of going to a gym or a following a fad diet. While gym memberships are great, they can be intimidating if you aren’t familiar with the different machines, how they work, and what muscles they work. If you decide to workout at the gym, make sure there is someone who can give you a tour and explain the different machines and show you how to properly use the equipment.
If, however, you decide to establish your own workout routine, it’s equally important that you focus on form. A lot of great exercises can have an adverse effect when you don’t take the time to master the technique and form of each pose.
Fitness is great for your body and your mind. Not only will you see results physically when you take time to work out, but you will notice elevated energy, more joy, and overall peace when you begin to change your lifestyle from sedentary to active.
Having a lack of experience in the wellness world isn’t something to be embarrassed about. There are a lot of resources available to help you brush up on the science of eating right and exercising with precision and purpose. Here are some tips to help you on your journey.
The golden rule of weight loss is to keep going. If you miss a day, don’t allow negative thoughts to stop you from sticking with your schedule. Stay active and be persistent. Establishing a fitness routine has the potential to change your life—not only does it increase your life expectancy, but you’ll see a drastic improvement in your quality of life.
To start out your new exercise routine, look for exercises that are attainable. You want to find different poses that you can master in both form and balance. One example is the modified plank. Plank is a pose that is used in a variety of workout routines, but is especially popular in yoga. This exercise works out your core body muscles. It challenges your balance, strengthens your arms, and can elongate your spine.
Another great exercise is well known and you probably have experience with these from your younger days—pushups. Pushups require a lot of strength, so if you need to, start with a modified pushup. The target areas for this exercise include the arms, shoulders, chest, and core. Instead of the ground, stand up against a wall and create an angle with your legs being further from the wall than your hands. Lean into the wall and push your body back to the starting position.
Form is crucial during this exercise. You don’t want to hurt your back so breathing right and keeping body in a straight line is important. As you master these exercises, transition from a modified position to a standard position.
These poses will challenge you—and that’s a good thing. You want to feel the burn from working your muscles.