Guest article by Luke Douglas
Becoming fit and developing your own workout routine can be extremely difficult. Especially if you have no experience whatsoever when it comes to fitness. Coming up with a daily workout routine is no easy task, even for those who are way past learning the basics. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to feel less overwhelmed when you walk into the gym and see all the people who handle the weights and the machines as if they were born for it. Here’s a list of tips that will make your life in the gym a tad bit easier.
1- Workout schedule
First of all, you need to ask yourself: how much time you want to devote to exercising? Are you going to exercise every day? Some people exercise because it’s good for their health, some want to build muscle and some want to lose weight. Since intensity, frequency and type of exercises depend on what you want to accomplish, it’s important that you come up with a goal before you start your journey. Aim for a one hour long workout routine. It’s best that you write some kind of a timetable or just highlight the dates in your calendar when you plan to visit the gym for a workout. It is easier than memorizing it by heart.
2 – Dress code
Being dressed properly is an essential part of every gym experience. Wearing flexible clothes is really important because your body needs to breathe while you burn those calories. Polyester and microfiber gym outfits will wick the sweat away from your body to the surface of the fabric where it will evaporate. You will be dry throughout the whole workout and you’ll feel more comfortable. Appropriate footwear (running shoes) goes without saying. Imagine doing squats in boots! Not a beautiful scene, right? One more thing, remember to bring a bottle of water; you’ll want to stay hydrated.
3 – Workout type
Quality workout routines combine strength training with cardio training. Strength training involves building muscles which not only makes you stronger but it also boosts your metabolism. On the other hand, cardio workouts are a must because they keep your heart healthy and help you maintain your body weight. You can combine strength exercises with cardio or you can simply do cardio today but do strength training tomorrow. It’s important to vary up cardio and strength workouts. You don’t have to run on the treadmill every time you want to do cardio, you can ride a bicycle or run outside. When it comes to strength training, you should also try to use different machines and weight exercises from time to time. That way you won’t get bored and it will add some dynamic to your workout sessions.
4 – Rest
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a pro or a beginner, devoting some time each week to actively resting is a must. You can schedule rest days into your routine. Mark a day in your calendar and specifically devote it to resting. It’s recommended that you have at least one or two rest days every week. Beginners are advised to sit out more. Exercising on Monday, Wednesday and Friday is sufficient. You can play a game of tennis for the weekend or do some other outdoor activity but nothing too tiring and you’ll be okay.
5 – Proper nutrition
Last but certainly not least, being persistent in the gym means nothing if you have no plans of eating healthy. You will still see improvement but eating fatty foods will considerably slow down your progress. Alter your diet a bit, add whole, healthy and organic food. Cut processed sugars and wheat and add fruit and vegetables. Also, it’s really important that you don’t drastically cut calories. Hamburger can be easily replaced by a portion of tuna and a salad. You should aim at lean protein and healthy fats and oils. This doesn’t mean that you should think about your weight all the time but you have to pay attention to your diet and make sure your diet is as healthy as possible.
About the Author:
Luke is a fitness and health blogger at Ripped.me and a great fan of the gym and a healthy diet. He follows the trends in fitness, gym and healthy life and loves to share his knowledge through useful and informative articles.