Beginners Guide to Working Out

Do you want to get fit, but don’t quite know where to start? No more excuses! The best way to start is to simply start. We know it’s challenging enough to find an enjoyable fitness regimen, but finding one that fits your schedule is important, too. If time is one of your main concerns, don’t let it derail you. Just know that it’s better to show up regularly for a quick workout than to spend an hour and a half working out once or twice a month.

If you’re a beginner who wants to start working out, we’ve got a few tips for you.

1. Choose the right workout
When choosing your workout, there are a few things to consider.  The first one should be your goals. Are you trying to lose weight? Build muscle? Increase flexibility? Your goals largely determine the type of workout you should be doing. It’s also important to choose an exercise style that you enjoy. Reaching your goals is certainly motivating, but if you hate the work needed to meet your goal, it’s unlikely you’ll keep coming back day after day.

2. Be flexible
When your schedule is jam-packed with back-to-back commitments, it can be hard to find any hope for fitting in a workout. Sometimes a little bit of creativity and flexibility can be the difference between squeezing in your workout or not. If you find yourself with a little bit of time to spare, it could be the perfect opportunity to fit in a brisk walk, or even a quick jog. These are some of our favorite ways to bring the gym to you, when you can’t get to it:

  • Climbing stairs: in 5-10 minutes, you can really elevate your heart rate and work up a burn in your lower body.
  • Squats: the next time you find yourself on a long phone call or waiting on hold, why not take the opportunity to squeeze in a set of squats? Challenge yourself each day to beat your previous record!
  • Bicep curls: stash a set of dumbbells in your office and bust out a set of bicep curls when you find yourself with a spare minute.
  • Burpees (a.k.a. squat thrust): if you find yourself with a few minutes to spare and a little bit of space, stop, drop, and burpee!
  • Parking lot laps: 15 minutes of walking around a parking lot might not sound as rewarding as an hour nature hike, but it’s better than nothing. Fit in some extra steps next time you find yourself with an extra 10 minutes or more.

By making use of the little surprise pockets of time that pop up in your day, you can squeeze in some activity without setting aside a huge block of time.

3. Be prepared
Pack a kit of everything you’ll need for your workout and keep it in your vehicle or desk. Not only will it be easily accessible to you should an opportunity for a quick workout present itself, it will also serve as a visual reminder to try to find some time to fit your workout in. Your kit could include appropriate workout clothing and shoes, any necessary fitness accessories (resistance bands, yoga mat, hand or ankle weights, etc.), dry shampoo, oil absorbing face cloths, and anti-perspirant.

4. Fuel yourself
It’s important that you still find an opportunity to fuel yourself before and after workouts. Consider packing convenient, portable food. You’ll definitely want some healthy snacks to keep your energy up, and don’t skimp on the protein!

Over to you! Have some favorite work out starter tips? Share them with us here!

This blog is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or medical advice. Content is for informational purposes only. Please consult with a physician or other healthcare professional regarding any medical or health related diagnosis or treatment options.