How to get the best results possible as a beginner
If you’re reading this, chances are you already know that working out is key to staying healthy and strong. You also know that working out may not be a breeze, especially if you’re new to it. However, switching up your routine and working out in different ways can help you see results faster.
Besides, the benefits of working out far outweigh the negatives. You’ll look better, feel better, and you’ll have more energy too! But not all types of workouts are created equal. Some are more effective than
others. And some are more convenient than others too. Fortunately, there are plenty of benefits to working out that doesn't require you to run a mile. Even just walking your dog, going for a walk, or even doing some light housework can help you burn calories and keep you healthy and strong. With that being said, you may be wondering how you should start.
The best place to start is always with the basics. The best way to get you started is to ask yourself these three questions:
How much time do you have?
If you have time to devote to working out but not time to do it, then it’s not going to work. The best way to make working out a habit is by scheduling it into your day. Find a time when you have nothing else going on, and then make that your workout time.
Try and factor in travel and shower time pre and post-session too as this could add an extra 30 minutes.
In my experience, people who commit to specific days of the week and keep those days (3 days minimum) in their calendar find it easier to see results and find it less of a chore and more a part of their lifestyle after a few weeks.
What’s your goal?
This may seem silly, but it’s important. Why are you working out? What are you hoping to get out of it? We all know that working out is important, but if you’re doing it because you feel like you “should,” then you’re probably not going to stick with it. Be sure to have a goal in mind. Whether it’s to feel better, lose weight, run a marathon, or whatever else, make sure you know why you’re working out and what you hope to get out of it.
- Try to make a goal as specific as possible.
- Try to make your goal as measurable as possible.
- Try to make your goal as achievable as possible.
- Try to make your goal as realistic as possible.
- Try to make sure the goal is time-based or give it a deadline.
What does your current routine consist of?
If you’re not sure where to start, look at what you’re currently doing. The first step to any change is realizing that change is needed. So, once you figure out what your goal is, figure out what you need to do to reach that goal. So, for example, if your goal is to run a marathon and you’re currently doing 45 minutes
of cardio three times a week, try adding in an extra 5 minutes onto the end of your run every week over the course of your training you will have accumulated more running time and your stamina and the cardio-vascular system would have improved dramatically.
Now, let’s get to work!
Without any further ado, here are the best types of weight training to try if you’re new to working out.
5x5 – This is great for beginners who are wanting to develop some strength and overall build body muscle, you stick to basic compound exercises and build up the weight week on week
Full body sessions – These workout sessions allow you to increase your strength and allow you to build more muscle due to the amount that you are training the muscle groups
Circuit training – Combining weighted exercises with cardio exercises allows you to build strength and get your heart rate up it also allows you to combine different exercises to keep things interesting whether at home or at the gym.
Now, while you don’t have to choose one and only one, it’s important that you mix them up. You see, each one has unique benefits and will help you reach your fitness goals faster. Plus, it’s not just about what type of workout you do, but also when you do it. You see, as we said, the key to a successful workout routine is to schedule it into your day.
If you want to see even better results, try adding some challenges to your routine.
For example, if you love running, try adding a timed challenge to it, you can even try tracking your times and posting on social media to motivate yourself. This will help you stay focused and will help you see even better results; it might even inspire old friends or work colleagues.
Speaking of challenges, let’s talk more about them. Challenges - Challenges are great, especially if you’re just getting started with working out. This is because they help you to make working out a habit. Plus, they help you to stay motivated and focused. With challenges, you can try to break a certain rule, or you can do something you’ve never done before. For example, if you’ve always wanted to try box jumps, challenge yourself to do a set of 50 box jumps by the end of the month., You can challenge yourself to do as many push-ups as you can in 30 seconds or You can see how long you can hold a plank after you’ve done 30 ab crunches.
All of these can be done before, during or after a workout and are usually good fun and break up the monotony that can occur with training.
Now, let’s recap!
If you’re new to working out, here are three questions you should ask yourself to figure out what type of workouts you should try: - How much time do you have? - What’s your goal? - What does your current routine consist of? Once you figure out what type of workouts you’d like to try, simply get some space, and get it done. And if you want to see even better results, you can challenge yourself by adding in challenges or pushing yourself to do something you’ve never done before. And that’s how you get the best results possible!