Brand new to fitness? Feeling so overwhelmed that you never get started? Exercise and physical fitness are pillars of good health, and it's never too late to start. Here, we're sharing a 10-step beginner's guide to getting fit.
Getting fit is about more than just the number on the scale or the size of your jeans. It's a mindset and a commitment to health in a much deeper way.
Sure, you might be training for a big race or hoping to achieve a specific goal. But by switching your mindset to focus on the process versus the outcome, you'll have an easier time sticking to a lifelong practice of fitness. Plus, there is science to back this up! Neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Huberman has found that by rewarding yourself for the process of pursuing a goal, you trigger a dopamine release in your brain. This helps you keep going with a never give up attitude.
Next, to begin your fitness journey, you need to know where you're starting from. That means evaluating your current fitness levels by measuring things like your weight, resting heart rate, active heart rate, and other markers.
These numbers will come in handy when measuring your progress. Just don't judge yourself too harshly. We all have to start somewhere!
Now's the time to set fitness goals. Perhaps you want to increase the number of push-ups you can do or beat your hardest punch.
Setting fitness goals gives you something to aim for and, even if they adjust over time (which they should), setting them is an essential step in starting a fitness journey.
Often, beginners to fitness get discouraged when they can't keep up with the workouts they see online or in group classes.
It's important to take it super slow when just starting out. Remember, a little goes a long way. You'll see soon enough that consistency is key, and as long as you can maintain your exercise routine, the results will come.
If you've never properly worked out before, it's essential to point out that a warm-up should never be skipped. Warm-ups prepare your body to perform and do wonders for preventing injury.
Exercises like jumping jacks, easy squats, and neck circles are great to help your muscles and joints warm-up before you get into your workout.
Similarly, cool downs are also not to be ignored. After your session, you'll want to gently slow down your heart rate without bringing it to an abrupt halt.
For a cool down, you'll do some static stretches like forward-folds and reclined twists to improve flexibility and mobility over time, as well as aiding in the recovery process.
Tracking your fitness progress is an excellent way to stay motivated and adjust your goals. Use the measurements you took in step two to see how far you've come.
It's easy to feel like we're not improving when we can't see the stats objectively. Using our progress tracking feature in the OOMPH app, for example, puts the results on paper, and you'll see that, even if you don't feel it right away, your workouts are making a difference.
Nutrition is another huge part of improving your fitness, especially as a beginner. From organic supplements for your health to BCAA supplements that enhance your performance and recovery, supplements can boost your fitness and set you on the right path.
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Last but not least, take the opportunity to get social with your workouts. Not only is including your family and friends in your fitness journey a great way to stay accountable, but it's just so much more enjoyable.
Our "Add a Friend" feature in the OOMPH app allows you to join others and smash your kickboxing workouts together.
So, there you have it - a simple beginner's guide to getting fit. As you get the hang of things, you'll find out what you struggle with and what comes naturally. Remember, fitness is a journey, not a destination, and you won't be a beginner for long!