Are you new to fitness and don’t have any idea where to start? It can be confusing and difficult to figure out what you should be doing and how much and how hard you should be working out. Typically, to get the maximum benefit from your workouts you should workout at least 5 to 6 times a week. But don’t freak out! This doesn’t mean that every work out has to be a gut wrenching sweat fest.
The very first thing you need to determine is YOUR goal and what YOU want to accomplish. Not someone else’s ideal of what you need. Maybe you have talked to your doctor and you need to lose 10 pounds or maybe you have a goal of running in a half marathon. You don’t go about those goals the same way. For a half-marathon you need to build up your running endurance and you need to fuel your body correctly to have the energy to run the miles. To lose 10 pounds you need to ramp up your cardio workouts and have a balanced diet.
Usually for my beginning clients I start with goals. Then I figure out what fitness program that I offer fits their goals. We then start slow for many reasons but the main one being that you don’t want your body to be sore and then you won’t want to get out of bed in the morning! Then we ramp it up and move on up to really fulfilling your goals. So a slow start is working out 2 to 3 times a week. With this slow beginning you won’t see results fast but you will build up good habits of working out. When comfortable with the 2 to 3 workouts then move it on up to 4 to 5 days, and so on. (more…)