When beginning any exercise program, it’s important to pace yourself and not risk injury by overexerting yourself from the get-go – especially if it’s been a while since you worked out. To prevent that, here are some tips and tricks to get you started on your journey towards a healthier life.
Tip 1 – Start Slow
Don’t just jump right in and start exercising five days a week — that’s a recipe for disaster. It’s better that you gradually work up to exercising several days per week while you see how your body responds.
Tip 2 – Know When to Stretch
After you warm up, you should stretch your muscles and hold it for about 15 seconds
Tip 3 – Mix it Up
Whether you’re going for weight loss or bulking up, a mixed regimen of aerobic and strength training is the best way to achieve the body you want, move between the four various types of exercise, which are aerobic, resistance (strength) training, flexibility (which includes yoga) and balance, which is especially important for seniors.
Tip 4 – Know Your Weight and the Right Way to Use it
Most people are confused the first time they walk into a gym, but are afraid of asking for advice. But if that’s you — get over it.
Tip 5 – Know When to Take a Break
When people start out, they are often overzealous and try to get to the gym every day. However, by not letting your body rest, you can be doing much more harm than good.