If you want to dress nicely, feeling good about yourself in the outfit is key; love yourself and the outfit will love you back. You don’t need to have the body of a God, but you do need to be comfortable in your own skin. For those of you who don’t know where to start when working out, I’ve put together a few tips and tricks to get you started:
1. Buy the Right Gym Clothes
It’s very important for your gym clothes to respect the three-color fashion rule. Although you are going to the gym to sweat and not to walk a runway, you still need to look presentable. You never know who you might meet there. Choose clothing that fits you and lets you move around comfortably. You don’t want gym clothes that are too tight, as it can be uncomfortable, and you don’t want clothes too large either since you’ll look like you’re drowning in clothing. If the colors match and you feel comfortable enough to move around and stretch, it’s just perfect!
2. Always Warm Up
Now that you have the right gym apparel, you need to actually get moving. The whole point of working out is to get your heart rate going in order to burn more calories and in turn boost your metabolism throughout the day. Start with a 10-15 minute warm up on the treadmill to get your whole body going. This is very important as it loosens up your muscles in your body which will help minimize injuries. Other good examples of great warm up exercises are jumping rope, burpees, suicides (run from one line to the other and back), or the stair master. As long as your muscles are warming up and your brain is realizing that it’s starting a workout, you’ll be good to go. It’s very important for the brain to get into the workout as it will command your body in a different way; it will work in sync with the adrenaline, the heart pumping, and the muscle strengthening in order to give you the best results.
3. Add Strength Training to Your Routine
After you warm up, it’s time to go attack the muscles. When you’re starting out, don’t go directly to big weights since it can cause injury. You can start with bodyweight exercises, like burpees, push-ups, squats, lunges, and steps. This will wake up your muscles and get them ready to lift heavier weights. If you really want to lift barbells, start with small weights since your body is not used to lifting weight just yet. For the beginning, you need to focus on activating the muscle, not making it bigger. By activating the muscle, so to speak, your body will start getting leaner and any saggy skin will get tighter and look better. This process helps a lot when wearing clothing as they will be comfortable for you. You can start with three to four sets of 15-20 of each bodyweight exercise.
4. Do Some Cardio
After doing strength training, it’s important to finish with a 30+ minute cardio workout. This will help burn fat instead of calories. If you do cardio at the beginning, you will burn your energy and it will start eating out of your muscles, which you don’t want. If you do cardio at the end though, you will burn the fat that hasn’t been burned while you were strength training. For cardio, you can run on the treadmill, swing on the elliptical, or burn your bums on the stair master. As long you’re getting your heart rate up, the workout is good.
5. Follow Your Fitness Routine
In order to get the best results from training, you need a workout routine. This routine will include all the steps you need to take for your one to two hour session at the gym. It will include the number of sets and repetitions you need to do, how much weight you need to lift, and what kind of cardio you will do. This is very important to follow as a beginner because seeing all the machines for the first time at the gym can be overwhelming. You’ll want to try everything and anything just to see how your body works, which is OK, but you need to be productive. You won’t be getting results with two sets of 15 reps on a machine you were trying out but ended up not liking.
You can get this routine from a trainer at your gym or online from various websites. There are plenty of free programs out there for beginners, therefore you can pick and choose the one that you’d enjoy the most. Of course though, the trainer will be able to give you the perfect routine for your body type, something that online programs might not be able to do.
When you have the routine in hand, I would suggest bringing it with you during your workouts, especially at the beginning or until you’ve memorized it. This will help you stay on track with the right technique and position in order to perform the workout at the best of your ability. After 10-14 days, it’s also recommended to switch up the routine in order to keep the body guessing. If you do the same routine for months, the body will hit a plateau from the comfort zone it just reached and your results will be minimal. When changing up the routine, you can add weights, sets, or reps to your exercises, or you can just change exercises altogether, if you feel like it will give you better results.
6. Listen to Your Body
This is crucial for first-time trainees. If you train your body to its limit and then some, you will be the main target of injury. Your body won’t have a lot of energy resources left to feed on, therefore it will not perform to the ability that you want it to. Training seven times a week is not healthy for anybody, really. This is why it’s important to listen to your body and see what it wants; if you feel extremely tired or sore in the morning and literally can not get out of bed without groaning, it might be time for a rest day. It won’t make you any less of a man if you stay home and take care of your body, on the contrary, it will make you a smart man. On the same note, if you feel pain in a certain part of your body when you’re doing an exercise, stop and analyze. Is it the pain of my muscle training or is it the pain of my muscle or ligament tearing? If it’s the latter, it’s time to switch exercise.
Also, if you start running because you love eating, there’s really no judging since I’m pretty sure all runners started because of their love for food, but learn to listen to your legs. Running is very hard on your knees and shins, therefore if you feel a certain pain in either one, take the day off and work the elliptical. I can’t stress this enough, an injury can be so bad that you can’t workout anymore, therefore why not listen to your body on a daily basis instead of being forced to listen to it for two or three weeks while away from the gym?
It’s really your choice, only one choice is going to give you good results though.
Keep in mind that the most important thing you can do for your life is to become healthy; not only will you look healthier, but you will also feel better. It will be easier for you to fit into various clothing, which will change your fashion style drastically. You will start attracting different types of people and maybe even meet the right person.