Beginner Workout Tips to Kick-Start Your New Workout Routine
So, you’ve decided to make working out a priority? Congratulations! Deciding to workout is half the battle. Now, it’s time to get out and start doing it! However, if you’re a beginner, you’re probably wondering where do you start and what is the best way to kick-start your new workout routine?
One of the biggest mistake beginners make when they start a new workout routine is starting off on the wrong foot, developing bad habits that contribute to not getting to the goal they intended, and then ultimately giving up. Getting started on the right foot, on the other hand, will help you develop good workout routine habits and keep you on track towards obtaining your workout goals!
Here we provide some tips on how to kick-start your new workout routine. Whether you’re a beginner, or just getting back into a workout routine after a long hiatus, these workout tips are sure to get you on the right path and on your way to achieving your workout goals:
Beginner Workout Tip #1 – Make Your Workout Routine A Habit
Although hitting the gym up once for a workout is major progress, you won’t start to see results until you make your workout routine a habit. In fact, according to experts, it takes a beginner an average of 21 days to start seeing results from a workout routine.
Our tip, when you’re a beginner, is that you do some sort of a workout routine for about 30 minutes every day, 7 days a week, for about 3-4 weeks. This could mean a 30-minute workout routine of cardio 2-3 days a week and, then, a strength training workout routine for the remaining days.
When your workout routine becomes ingrained as a habit and missing your workout feels more like torture than doing it once did, then that’s when you know you’ve made your workout routine a part of your daily life.
Beginner Workout Tip #2 – Practice Good Workout Routine Form
It’s a proven fact that your posture affects your mood as well as your workout routine. Whether you’re flipping through a gossip mag on the stationary bike or curling dumb-bells in the weight room, it’s important that you pay attention to your form and not slouch.
Although you may not realize it, when you slouch you check out of your workout routine both physically and mentally. When you stop focusing on your workout routine, you won’t get the maximum amount of benefits from it, and it will take longer for you to achieve your workout goals.
Moreover, slouching prevents deep breathing which is required to get oxygen into the muscles and get the most out of your workout routine. So, straighten out to strengthen up!
Beginner Workout Tip #3 – Garbage In…Garbage Out
Just because you’re finally into a good workout routine, that doesn’t mean you can pig out on cookies, cake, and ice cream and still get the workout results you want (even though that would be nice)! In fact, what you do outside of your workouts can be just as important as what you do during your workouts.
Achieving your workout goals requires making smarter choices; choosing the right kind of fuel going in to get the right kind of results going out. For instance, if you’re eating a dozen donuts every morning and working out afterwards, you’ll feel energetic, at first, but will notice your energy levels crashing mid-workout. This is what’s commonly called a “sugar crash.”
According to dieticians, a clean diet is essential to your mental and physical well-being. No, we’re not suggesting that you eat like a rabbit. However, what we are suggesting is that you get rid of all the processed food in your diet and try to have protein and vegetables at every meal to get the most out of your workout routine.
Even if you miss your workout routine, just by eating the right things, you’ll start to see positive changes in your body.
Beginner Workout Tip #4 – Keep Your Workout Routine Interesting
The biggest mistake beginners make with their workout routine is to do the same routine day in and day out, for the same amount of time, and at the same intensity. If boredom doesn’t overcome you first, you’ll either trick yourself into thinking that you’re super-fit because you’ve grown accustom to your workout routine, or worse, end up injuring yourself from overuse of the same muscles.
Our tip is to make sure you have the proper balance of cardio, strength, and stretching to mix things up and keep your workout routines interesting. For example, you might try the treadmill one day, weight machines the next, and maybe try a yoga class the following day to mix up your workout routine a little.
Whatever you do, just don’t get stuck on the workout routine “hamster-wheel”!
Beginner Workout Tip #5 – Don’t Obsess Over Your Workout Routine Numbers
Monitoring your heart rate, counting calories, tracking your steps…argh!!! Okay, we get it, you like the immediate gratification you get from seeing your numbers on your Fitbit but when you obsess over your workout routine numbers, you become a slave to them.
Not only does obsessing over workout routine numbers suck the joy out of your workouts they may make you push harder, when you aren’t at a 100%, and cause you to injure yourself which can delay reaching your workout routine goals.
Just as you need time to unplug from your cell phone, computer, and other demands of the day; unplug during your workout routine, occasionally, to give yourself time to listen to what your body needs and enjoy the moment.
Beginner Workout Tip #6 – Learn from Your Mistakes
Like everything in life, the best lessons learned are ones you learn from making mistakes. Remember, you’re a beginner and, when you’re a beginner, it’s normal to make some mistakes with your workout routines. The key to success is that you learn from your mistakes.
Be conscious of how your body responds to a particular workout, change in diet, etc. Just because your friend can do a Lotus Pose in yoga doesn’t mean you should if your body is telling you, you shouldn’t. It’s important to tailor your workout routine to your needs. Listen to your body because it will be screaming at your later when you’re in pain from not listening!