Saturday, February 4, 2012

Beginners Guide to Fitness

So, are you finally ready to get off your couch and start working out?  Congratulations!  Welcome to the world of fitness.  If you are a beginner and are not aware of the proper method of starting a fitness regimen then you could find the following tips useful.     

Tips for Beginners 

Get Moving

The foremost thing to do as a beginner is to start moving.  Adapt your body to walking.  Go for a walk early in the morning or before going to bed at night.  Try to make this a routine.  This way you will be able to build up cardiovascular endurance and burn calories.


Once you get used to walking and liking it, then that is the time to include something new in your exercise routine.  Try stretching your body before and after walks.  Begin by stretching down and trying to touch your toes.  Then, hold it for about twenty seconds.  You will feel stiffness and strain in your hamstrings and calf muscles at first.  Don’t worry; stretching your body will pleasantly improve your posture and enhance your fitness and flexibility.

Eat Healthy

Fitness experts claim that your appearance directly reflects the foods you eat.  It is very important to follow a healthy meal plan for remaining fit and looking good.

  • Avoid eating fast food.  Fast food or junk food is very unhealthy.
  • Include at least five servings of vegetables and fruits in your daily diet.  These food items are rich in essential nutrients like vitamins and minerals and they give you a wholesome feeling without adding too many calories.
  • Eat four to five moderate meals in a day instead of two huge ones.  This will ensure that your metabolism rate remains high so that you burn lots of calories.
Start Going to the Gym

After you have added walking and stretching to your daily schedule and have started a regular healthy diet, then that is the time to join a gym.  Do not get scared or intimidated of the idea.  Look for a gym in near your home or workplace.  Start with resistance training or cardiovascular training.  The best motivation for going to the gym comes from knowing that somebody is waiting for you.  If you feel you are not getting enough motivation for working out then it will benefit you greatly to find a friend to accompany you.  Find someone with similar fitness objectives with whom you would like to share your fitness routine.  The idea of working out with a friend is great and can be rewarding.

So these are the basics of starting with a fitness routine.  Now all that is required of you is to get up from your couch and start leading a fit and healthy lifestyle.  The decision to become fit and stay healthy will be the finest decision you take in your lifetime.

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