If you’re looking to get more active and possibly even shed some pounds, then working out and taking part in regular activities can help you do that. The trick is to find something that you enjoy doing – that way it won’t feel like a chore, and you don’t have to worry about having that oh so important motivation.
The trouble with getting fit is that a lot of people choose workouts they don’t enjoy, and so not only is it gruelling in general, but you don’t take anything positive away from it. And then sooner or later you’ll quit anyway because it’s not making you happy, regardless of whether it burns your calories or not. Once that happens you won’t ever want to bother again – so find something that you like in order to stick with it!
It’s so important that whatever you do, you ensure that you are safe, as like anything, if not done properly or with care, you may end up causing harm to yourself that could have easily been avoided.
It’s very easy to end up getting carried away and forgetting what’s around you, but one thing you absolutely musn’t forget, is to hydrate yourself. You’re going to be sweating a lot, and all that sweat is water that you’re losing from your body.
If you don’t fill yourself back up again, you’ll become dehydrated, tired, dizzy, sick, your head will start to ache, and worst case scenario you might even pass out. So always carry a water bottle on you, and when it’s empty, top it back up again. That way whenever you stop for a pause, you can have a few sips.
If you suffer from weak muscles, bad posture, or know that you’re going to be lifting weights during your workout, then it’s a very good idea to look at some specialist back and abdominal supports.
You may not feel like you need them in the beginning because you’re generally fit and healthy anyway, but they’re still very useful. They support you in a way to make sure that you’re not putting your body in awkward positions like bending in the wrong place. They will hold you in, keep your back straight, and stabilise any strains you may already have.
Do it right
More often than not, people decide to go to the gym and use machinery and weights, doing a repetitive action that they’ve heard about, but instead, they’re doing everything completely wrong which can cause a serious injury.
Just because you feel as though the muscle is working, doesn’t mean that you’re working it in the right way. This is why you see people looking in the mirror when they train – it isn’t to admire their muscles – it’s to check they’re performing the action correctly.
So if you’re not sure – ask a personal trainer if you’re doing it right.