Is it time you put down the coffee and biscuit and picked up a dumbbell and protein shake? If you're new to the gym or thinking about joining one here is a really simple guide that I think will help you. When you start out there are a million and one things to think about in terms of workouts, nutrition, supplementation, rest and so on. These things can get a bit much and sometimes you don't really know if you're doing too little or too much, so here is what I think you should be doing...
Join The Gym
The first step is to join a gym or leisure facility that gets you somewhere to exercise. I personally think it's better to get out of the house otherwise there are too many distractions that can pull you away from completing your workout. Gyms offer a variety of different workouts for you to perform too so there is always something for you to do which reduces boredom. There are two things that deter people from exercising; boredom and failure to see results, but if you can conquer these you will be fine. Make a start and join a fitness centre today!
Ever heard the saying 'you are what you eat'? Well if you have you'll understand just how important it is to eat the right foods especially if you want to see the right results. The two most popular goals in most people is to either lose weight or gain it and in order to do both you must eat the right foods. Now, I'm not going to bore you and tell you that you need to eat fruits and vegetables, sources of protein, carbohydrates and fats but what I will say is make sure you keep it healthy. Watch what you eat in terms of sugar and fat and DO NOT reduce carbohydrates thinking that this will help with weight loss. Keep everything steady and be patient with your goals...
Of course there are supplements out there which can really help you but as a beginner I would start with the basics and see how you get on. The basics in my opinion are protein and bcca's which help support the muscles that in time can help with other bodily functions such as the metabolism and a reduction in body fat. Lower levels of body fat is not just a physical plus, far from it in fact as having less of this will allow the body to function better. Don't make supplements a big part of the process because in reality they only help you if you're doing everything else correctly, meaning your training and diet.
Know When To Rest
Finally, it's important to know when to rest and not over do it. At first you might want to get in as many sessions as you can but this can prove to be counter productive as your body needs time to heal especially when you begin. Resting doesn't mean you're being lazy, it means you're being smart and allowing your muscles and central nervous system to recover effectively. I personally recommend resting after 3 consecutive days and then going back to it. This will help prevent injury and getting ill which will allow you to continue to see good results without having to take more time off.
Follow this simple guide and I am positive you will see the results you want to start seeing....