One step at a time is the best way to start a journey. On this fitness journey our first step was nutrition, hopefully you have had some luck with one of the tips from last week, or a healthy swap of some sort. Our second step is working out. There is lots of advice out there about how much, when, where and what you should do first. The best advice that I can give you is find something you like and go with it. If you are not enjoying your workout you are not going to do it, so find a class, a video, a pintrest board, whatever gets you going and start moving. With that being said, there are a few tips that can help you make sure you are getting the most bang for your buck and doing it safely.
- Make sure that you are moving at least 30 minutes most days of the week. Getting your heart rate up for at least 30 minutes helps with heart health and overall fitness levels. If you can’t do all 30 minutes in one setting break it up into 3 10 min, or 2 15 min bouts of exercise. But make sure at least a few times a week you schedule a full 30 min of getting exercise.
- Rest days are important. You need to give your body time to recover, so taking at least a day off a week is important. Speaking of rest, sleep is also an important part of recovery so make sure you are getting at least 7 hours of shut eye a night.
- Drink water. Hydration is also an important part of being able to push your body to workout, if you are not hydrated then working out feels harder. Gatorade and other supplement drinks are not as important unless you are working out for more than an hour at a time and are sweating a lot.
- Have fun. We are going to end on this note because it is important that you are enjoying what you are doing otherwise you will not stick with it and this is a lifestyle change not a diet! There are lots of options out there find one that you enjoy. It is ok to change and try many different things before you find the workout that works for you.