Getting Started.... So you want to get fit? You want to get a better body? How do you do it? Do you watch lots of YouTube videos for ideas?? Well, look no further, here is my advice to you on getting started in the gym.
No matter what age you are, there is always time for you to start exercising and becoming more healthy. Sometimes it can feel quite daunting, what exercises should I do? How much food should I eat? What supplements should I take from Discount Supplements? Yes, so much information to register and think about. I know, I have been there and when I started out, I was clueless and I really didn't know what I was doing. I would hear so many conflicting things I needed to do, I didn't know whether to do them or not. So here is your guide, your reference, your comfort blanket if you will.
Before you start exercising, write down why you want to do this. What do you want to achieve? What is your long term goal? Also write down a few short term goals that you want to achieve perhaps every couple of months so you know you are on track. Remember to keep these realistic, there is no point putting something unrealistic on the piece of paper because when you don't achieve it, you will become disheartened and lose interest.
So you have your goal. Now you need to look at your schedule. How many times realistically can you exercise? Anywhere between 30minutes and 90 minutes in a day is ideal. Can you exercise for a minimum of 3 days per week in a 7 day week? Will you exercise in the morning before work? Or will you exercise after work? I suggest you put this on paper and create yourself a spreadsheet so you know what days you will exercise and STICK to it. If you just tell yourself when you will exercise, other things will come up, and then you won't do it. This is no good, so write it down and stick to it. Be sure to also give yourself days off from training. So mark on days when you will rest, it's a good idea to maybe exercise 2-3 days in a row and then give yourself a full day off from exercising. However, you can train just one day followed by a rest day, or 2 days. This is completely down to you and your schedule, but to start with, no more than 3 days.
Ok, it's coming together, you have your goal and what days you will exercise and what days you will rest. Now to look at something very important. Diet!! What you put into your body will determine the results you receive. Sounds obvious? Well, it is!! Just like your car, if it uses petrol you wouldn't put diesel in it would you? Exactly, so with the food you are putting into your body, it is so important to put the right stuff in. So what do I mean? Well, you need to make sure for your body type you are getting the right amount of Protein, Carbohydrates and healthy Fats per meal. Depending on what you want to achieve will determine how much of each Macro Nutrient you should consume. In case you are unsure of what each one does, here is a brief overview. Proteins are great for recovery of your muscles when you exercise, and protein makes you feel full. Examples of good protein is foods like Fish, Chicken, Turkey and Beef. Carbohydrates are your main energy source, but too many could result in fat storage, so be careful with these. Examples of good Carbohydrates is brown rice, brown pasta, porridge, sweet potato etc. Be sure to include these into your diet but make sure they are slow release. Finally you have your fats. I'm talking healthy fats however, not fat that you get off a greasy beef burger!! Healthy fats are great as they send chemical messages to your brain telling you, you are full. Perfect for weight loss and watching portion control, you will want to include fats into your diet. Some fats like nuts and seeds also contain protein, examples of other fats are avocados and oils. Don't forget to also include vitamins and minerals in your diet like, fresh fruit and vegetables. These play a vital role in performance and recovery to your muscles. Like I have said before, you really need to work out how much of each food group you are going to consume and it all depends on what type of exercise and what goal you have. For instance, for weight loss, you may want to check how many calories you are putting into your body and of how many carbohydrates make up total calories. For weight gain, you may want to increase your calories and increase the amount of carbohydrates you eat. Again, this is down to you.
So, all the pieces are coming together now. There is one final topic though and this is something that will certainly help you and give you an edge compared to other people. I'm talking about supplements, and supplements from Discount Supplements in particular. So what is a supplement? What do they do? Why use them? Are they worth it? In my opinion I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for using supplements. They are a convenience and definitely help. BUT, they are a supplement, they aren't a magic pill or powder. They alone won't get you to your goal, you need all aspects of what I've written about. I strongly recommend a whey protein for starting out. It possibly comes as no surprise to you that when you begin exercising, your body is going to ache, your muscles will ache, and where climbing the staircase used to be a breeze, you might find yourself pulling various different faces with every step due to the different aches and pains in the muscles. Now, with this said, it is perfectly normal for your muscle to ache after exercise. But you don't want them to ache for days upon days, you want to recover fast and efficiently. So, a whey protein will do exactly that. There are other supplements you can take, but to being with, a good whey protein will certainly help you. When is the best time to use a whey protein? Well, again this is going to be down to when you exercise and when you want to include it. For me, I like to start the day with one, so having it with breakfast and then immediately after my workout so that the protein can get to work on my muscles and start re building them. For more information, for free, please get in touch with me and I will help you further.
So, there you have it. Your official quick guide on getting started with exercise. Please make sure if you have any medical conditions or injuries you consult your GP first so that you are all clear to exercise. Enjoy and all the best!!