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Top 10 Fitness Tips for Beginners

Updated: May 8, 2021


Getting started is always the hardest part. If you’ve been physically inactive for a while, it’s

hard to begin an exercise routine. Where do you start if you haven’t done a crunch or walked more than the distance from your car to your desk at work?


"The gym can be an intimidating place if you don’t know your way around."
 

Get started with a new fitness routine:


1. Start slowly. Your level of fitness during your senior year of high school is still fresh in your mind. You could lift 200 pounds over your head, do the splits, run a 6-minute mile, and still

have energy left for the dance after the football game. However, you’re not 18 anymore.

  • Perform workouts that match your current physical condition. Hurting yourself is the fastest way to ensure that you never get in shape.


2. Stress yourself, but not too much. The perfect workout will stress your body enough than it must adapt, but not so much that your recovery time is lengthened or you hurt yourself.

  • There’s great news: you don’t need to do much at first to see real results if you’ve been switching back and forth between sitting at a desk and sitting on the couch. A short walk on the treadmill will provide a lot of benefit. If you haven’t done a push up in 20 years, doing pushups against the wall is enough.

  • Enjoy the advantages of being a beginner. You can get more results from10 minutes of easy exercise than a highly fit person can get from 90 minutes of hard work.


3. It’s all about consistency. A mild, daily workout will do more for your fitness than one hard work out each week. Instead of focusing on your effort, focus on making it to the gym regularly.


4. What you eat is important. Assuming you want to lose weight, what you eat is far more

important than the exercise you perform. It’s easy to eat more calories in an hour than a professional athlete can burn off in three hours. Pushing yourself away from the table might

be the best form of exercise.


5. Find a workout buddy. It