via Stac Miller – AVAC
I love working out, and I’ve taken beginning weight training, cardio weight training, and yoga classes too many times to mention. I keep taking these classes on the basics because you can always adjust to your skill level, and the basics are the basics for a reason; they assist you in day to day movements and build a rock solid foundation to build off of. I am not suggesting for anyone to take beginning weight training for their whole life, however here are my top 8 fitness tips I’ve picked up from my years of being a beginner.
Squats are your best friend, but only if you do them right.
- Have a friend or trainer check your squat form, when done correctly they engage your core, gluts, hamstrings, and lower back.
Push, Pull, Repeat.
- Working out should be based on some simple body movements, pushing and pulling are two necessary ones. Incorporate some push-ups into your workout (even if they’re on your knees and your personal record is 3) and incorporate some body rows or pull ups as well. These movements will help your body in basic daily functions.
Have a mix of cardio and weight training.
- Try interval training, it’s fun and it keeps your heartbeat up. One of my favorite interval settings is 2 minutes on cardio, three exercises, then back to 2 minutes of cardio, repeating this four times and finishing with an ab routine.
- Why workout if you can’t move later? Stretching is essential to having a balanced physique.
- Sweat, sweat, and sweat some more. Changing the speed of your workout is helpful in keeping your muscles guessing, but don’t sit on a bench after finishing reps, or go take a break between sets. Keep a strong consistent pace in the time you’ve set aside to workout in, and sweat through your shirt.
Experiment with different types of workouts.
- You’ll find your favorite, but don’t stick with it. Muscles work off of muscle memory, and if you’re doing the same workout every day, your muscles will learn some short cuts within it. Keep your body guessing and change how you work out.
Schedule your workouts like you schedule a meeting.
- And don’t cancel unless you’re injured or sick. Working out is part of a lifestyle, and it should be a commitment in your scheduler. You wouldn’t bail on an appointment you have with your boss at work, don’t bail on an appointment you have with your health either.
Have fun with it!
- If you’re not enjoying your workout, or dragging yourself around the gym without wanting to actually sweat, you aren’t getting the most out of your time. Working out releases endorphins, making you one happy camper, so don’t bring a bad attitude to the gym. If you’re not happy with what you’re doing, change it.