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How To Start a Workout Regimen for Beginners

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Elite women stretch on the start line of a triathlon. (credit: Janos Schmidt/ITU via Getty Images)

Elite women stretch on the start line of a triathlon. (credit: Janos Schmidt/ITU via Getty Images)

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It’s that time of the year when every one wants to get fit and show off their new bodies. What about the people who want to get there, but don’t know how? Here are a few tips to get you started on heading to the gym and getting results.

  • Find out what areas of your body you want to work on. Going tot he gym is pointless if you don’t have a goal in mind and you will lose focus on why you’re even there.
  • Set up a schedule to when you want to go and how often. Results will not come if you don’t go.
  • Slow down, you are only a beginner. Do not pay attention to the muscle heads lifting 400 lbs. on the bench press. If you don’t know how much you can lift on a machine start out with a low number like 60 lbs. If you can’t lift it take some weight off and if you can lift it easily add a little bit more. Find the balance between being able to lift without struggle, but it gives you a challenge as well.
  • Always stretch and do a warm-up exercise before you start. There is nothing worse than getting a cramp because your body wasn’t ready. A good walk or run on the treadmill should do the trick. Also do a cool-down exercise which is the same thing as your warm-up exercise. It helps to get steady your heart rate to get it back down to normal.
  • Never work on the same body part everyday. Maybe all you wanted to do was to get a flatter stomach, but overexerting your muscles will only cause pain. Switch it up from legs and core to arms every other day to give certain muscles time to cool down.
  • Remember diet is a part of working out as well. Eating healthy is good, but don’t starve yourself. It is all about burning off more calories than you put in. Maintain a balanced meal of meat, fruits and vegetables and don’t eat a big meal in one sitting. Eating all day will help burn more fat, instead of the traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner. By the time 6 pm rolls around you’re starving and the body has been holding on to the fat because it didn’t know when it would get nutrients again.
  • Once you get the ball rolling it will be hard to stop. Exercising on the regular helps you feel better and will give you more energy throughout the day.Don’t pay attention to the scale or you will go crazy. Just because you haven’t lost 15 lbs doesn’t mean that you are doing something wrong. Every person’s body is different.
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