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Exercising – How to Get Started

We have heard all about the benefits of exercising, seen many people do it, but many of us haven’t started or keep putting it off, for a number of reasons- not sure how to start exercising, when to start, and many other questions. It almost becomes intimidating to think about exercise, and everything associated with it.

Or you may have tried exercising, bought some equipment, joint the gym, but never continued after the first few days.

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If you are one of those people who’ve been thinking about exercising, but not sure how to really start or continue, we have the answers. Below is a list of tips that make it easy for you to get started on exercising:

Start simple: Start with a few simple exercises. If you have not exercised in a while, don’t jump into heavy weights, or extensive & complicated workouts. Start with simple exercises like jogging, push-ups, squats, skipping or others. See our basic running tips.

Keep it short: You don’t need a 1 hour workout. Start with 20 minutes. Get your body used to working out, and work your way up to your target

Stretch: Always stretch after your workout. See here why you should stretch after your workout, not before.

Don’t over exert: It takes your body some time to get used to exercising, so jump from couch potato to boot camp.

Don’t workout everyday: Besides working out, its also important to workout often. But again the key is, to ease yourself into it, and slowly make it part of your routine. So, take out time, and target 3 times a week. Slowly graduate to 4 and further. Always make sure you rest your muscles at least 1-2 days per week

Manage the food: When you exercise, your metabolic rate increases. As a result, your body will make you hungrier and you’ll want to eat more. If the goal of exercising is to lose weight or fat or body toning, you must make sure you manage your food correctly, and don’t over eat.

Get a personal trainer– Its important to exercise correctly. If you need motivation or need guidance, get a good personal trainer. Besides that, getting on a proper training plan, or getting a personal trainer also keeps you accountable, so you slack less :)

Don’t worry about anything else. If you keep all these tips in mind, you’ll get started on a solid exercise plan.

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