Working out | Tips For Beginners

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Throughout the majority of this year I have really tried to become more of a fitness person (difficult I know!). Learning from my many failed attempts to get fit in the past I feel like I've really learnt a few things that have let me stick to it and make progress. If you're a beginner, like me. then here are a few tips that may help you too! 

by writing this post, I am in no way saying that I'm an expert at this, I'm genuinely just a beginner myself. I'm not saying "you must take my advice otherwise you're going to fail!", I'm simply saying that these are a few things that I have learnt within the last few months and I thought it might be useful to a few people to share them.

#1 Don't Overdo It 

I cannot tell you how many times I have tried to get fit in the past and have jumped straight into the deep end. Pushing yourself too much too soon can cause you to give up too early. When you're only just starting out, you need to take things at your own pace. Listen to your body, if it feels like you're dying then it's probably time to take a break. When I first started, I only exercised once every other week because that's all my body could take at the time, and that's okay. I know it can be frustrating, but if your body is telling you to slow down, listen to it. 

#2 Set Goals

Now while taking things at your own pace, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't be making any progress. Make sure to set little goals for yourself, no matter how small they are e.g. do one more of each exercise on your routine, workout for 10 minutes longer, hold that six inch hold for 3 seconds more etc. No matter what the goal is, make sure you set them because that's the best way that you're going to see progress. 

#3 Food

Of course if you're wanting to see and feel a difference, then you're going to have to have some diet changes (if your diet is unhealthy that is). Again, small changes throughout time. Look at your current diet and think about what could change for the better, and do it. If you're not in charge of the food that gets bought for your house then talk to the 'food buyer' (probably your parents) and tell them how you feel and what you want to change. Make sure that you're eating right before and after your workout for optimum health. Pre-workout snacks should be taken between 30 & 40 minutes before the workout, good things to have would include protein bars, fruit, yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal etc. Post-workout snacks should be taken within 2 after exercising, good things to have would be protein pancakes, smoothies, bagels and egg whites, pitta and houmous, scrammbled eggs etc.

#4 Stretching

I don't think I really need to talk about this too much, but I cannot stress the importance of stretching both before and after exercising. If you don't stretch your muscles before and after then you're going to feel very stiff and sore (and that isn't good!), I know that stretching can be such a bore sometimes but you need to do it. 

#5 Clothes

One of the great things about committing yourself to working out is the exercise clothes. Save up some money and go out and buy some cute workout clothes that will make you look and feel great! Trust me, if you're rocking some workout leggings and a cute sports bra, you're going to get a lot more excited very time you go to workout. If you're on a budget, I suggest looking at USA Pro, they have some great stuff and a lot of it is so affordable. They also sell other brands such as Nike and Everlast on their website (not forgetting that they always have sales too).

#6 Know Your Stuff

Google is a great weapon in many ways, use it. Think of the things that you hope to get out of exercising and google just how to make that happen. If you want better abs, google exercises that give you better abs, if you want a better bum, google good bum exercises. Google is your friend, and it's there for a reason. The more you know about what each exercise is actually doing to your body, the better. If you want the best results, it makes sense to educate yourself.

#7 Apps

Workout apps can be soooo useful when it comes to starting out. Pre-set routines, advice and tutorials...what more could you need? There are so many free apps out there that could make things so much easier for you. I used an app called 'Seven' for a while and it's so useful. The app itself is free, but you can buy things within the app such as different routines for different things. To unlock different routines it does cost £2,99 a month (I think), but I found it so helpful. It gave me so many different routines catered to what I wanted to focus on. If that's something that you're interested in then I'd seriously think about it.

Thank you so much for reading. If you have any tips yourself, please make sure to write them in the comments below. If you liked this post, please make sure to share and subscribe!

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  1. nice post,your tips are so handful,thank you for sharing,i'm trying to get back into working out xoxo