Tips for Fitness Beginners
At one time or another everyone wants to get in shape. But getting a regular exercise routine started, especially going to the gym, can be intimidating. After all everyone is probably going to run into friends or co-workers that have been doing it longer and seem to know everything about it. When people start trying to get into shape they often start on the wrong foot. They are not certain on what to do or how to keep up doing the right thing and therefore develop bad habits and struggle to meet the goals they have set.
Below are some very helpful beginner tips to help people get started and stay on track as they work towards their fitness goals.
- Make Keeping Fit a Habit
The first step everyone needs to take and to stick with is to make going to the gym a habit. Try and go anywhere from 3 to 4 times a week. Just going every once in awhile will not get anyone where they want to be.
- Lift Control
Many people think that if they watch someone lift weights and then copy what they see then they are doing the lift correctly. This is not always the case. If a lift is copied incorrectly then it does them no good. Bad form and injuries can result from lifting too much weight or lifting it improperly. When someone does this they end up relying on momentum to move the weight instead of using their muscles.
- Compound Movements
Fitness and health magazines can be helpful for those trying to get in shape. However, all the complex training techniques can also distract a person from what they really should be doing as a beginner. Someone who is just starting at a gym or who is just getting back into it should not just be concentrating on building up one particular muscle. Instead doing exercises that work on more than one area is a good place to start.
- Perfect Posture
The position of the back during workout can make a big difference. Unless someone is being coached to lift weights in a particular way or unless they are a pro lifter there is a certain way to hold the back to prevent injury. The lower back needs to be slightly arched, chest up, the head and neck in a neutral position, this applies to all types of weight lifting.
- Being Serious About Dieting
Now, just because a workout routine has been started does not mean that someone should spend their meal times eating pastries, fried foods and pizzas. The workout routine will mean little of nothing if a healthful diet is not included. That is something else that should be monitored along with the workouts, the diet.
Whenever anyone lifts weights they are working their muscles but they also need to squeeze their muscles once they are at the top of every movement. This quick 1 to 2 second squeeze challenges muscles and enables them to be built up. Not everyone realizes how important this one detail is, in fact it is often overlooked by beginners. So no matter what lift is being done everyone should add the challenge of a squeeze to their muscles.
- Everyone Makes Mistakes
Most people want to be an expert on fitness right off. However, that is not how it works. That being said everyone makes mistakes but instead of giving up they should take the mistakes as a lesson learned and keep going with their workout. Not everyone can do every exercise because everyone is built differently and has different strengths and weaknesses. So the best thing anyone can do it to take a look at themselves and evaluate what they can and cannot do, what their strengths are and what they need to work at the most. Doing this can allow everyone to know what fitness program works best for them and they will be able to reach all their future fitness goals.