Our choices and preferences may bring changes in our lives where we need to focus on our set goals. Opting to start an exercise routine may be one of them. It may be difficult for many individuals to start an exercise routine especially if they are used to a sedentary lifestyle. Here are some points to remember to help you start an exercise routine.
Before putting your muscle to hard work, you must first decide what your goals are and what you want to achieve. Defining your goals serves as the motivation to finish your exercise routine. You have to decide whether the programme is merely for weight loss, in preparation for a race, or perhaps in preparation for a more rigid training. Setting your goal is the turning point before starting an exercise program.
After you have set your goals, you need to assess your current physical fitness level. You need to measure your pulse rate after walking about a mile, the number of push ups you can do in a minute, the number of sit ups you can do, how far you can reach while sitting, and also take note of your body measurements such as the waist-hip ratio. This physical assessment will act as a guide for selecting the appropriate exercises for your routine, the number of repetitions you have to do, and the duration. This step defines your exercise limits.
For exercise equipments and gadgets, choose which one is appropriate for your physical built. Most common of all is the shoes. It is very important to choose the right shoe for the right activity. Not only the type of activity dictates the type of shoes that you have to wear, you also have to choose the right shoe based on the shape of your foot’s arc. Some people are flat footed and some are arched. This is very important to prevent serious and repeated injuries to muscles and joints. For budget-friendly exercises, you can purchase second hand equipments such as those on garage sales or you can use improvised equipments such as filled water bottles.
As you start, go slow with the exercises and increase repetitions gradually. It takes time to condition your muscles and improve endurance. Allow your body to adapt to the new routine which it is undergoing. Always warm up before every exercise session and cool down after your whole routine. Exercise is not a one day activity where you see the results in a day. It takes time and continuous effort. You also have the option to improvise your exercise routine to eliminate boredom and reduce repetitive impact to the muscle through cross training. While exercising, always observe any signs that the body is showing such as exhaustion, cramps, nausea, heartburn, or shortness of breath. These signs are warnings from your body about over-exertion which could lead to muscle injury. Always give a day’s rest or two if you are not feeling well. Rest allows the body to heal itself and to develop muscles.
After starting your exercise regimen, always keep track of your progress at least every month. Measure your body weight, your body mass, index, and your pulse rate. These indicate how you have been faring in your program. If there are no improvements or changes, review the exercises and the number of repetitions.