Making the choice to kick off a new workout program is a wonderful first step towards a healthier future. Not to mention, it can be downright fun if you choose the right workout! However, what many people find when first starting a workout is that it may lead to challenges like injury, and boredom. The great news is that there are tips for avoiding those issues and staying motivated. Here are some things to consider to get the most out of your new workout program.
Choose the Right Soundtrack
Music has a huge impact on the intensity of your workout. Imagine trying to dance for 90 minutes to smooth jazz. It probably wouldn’t be as motivating as dancing to electronic music with heavy bass. Choose an artist or genre that makes you feel energized and pump it up loud! You’ll find that you have much more stamina.
Show Up Every Day
The secret to working out is simpler than most people imagine at first. You don’t have to be perfect— you have to be consistent. Show up every day and do the workout you have committed to do. You’ll see gradual progress little by little, and eventually, your results will pay off.
Even a “low impact” workout can lead to injuries. Always do a light warmup before starting your workout. From stretching to gentle cardio, the idea is to get your muscles warmed up for the work you’re about to do.
Many beginners skip this step because they’re in a rush to finish. Yet, you’ll lose even more time if you get injured. Suffering an injury could mean losing weeks from being able to work out.
Always keep a small bottle of water next to your workout machine to ensure proper hydration. If you start to feel fatigued early on, or like you can’t make it until the end of your workout, take a sip of water and take a break.
In many instances, you’re simply dehydrated, and a sip of water can bounce you back to feeling capable of finishing your workout.
Find a Workout Buddy
Everything’s better with friends— including getting your sweat on! Find a workout buddy who also has similar workout goals and motivate each other to keep going. Having a friend to do your workout with keeps you accountable, and above all, it makes the time go faster.
When you have someone to chat with and enjoy the workout with, you find that the time goes by much faster overall. Above all, it’s a great opportunity to catch up and enjoy time together while doing something healthy!
These are just a few tips for seeing results in your workout and sticking to it! With a positive attitude and healthful nutrition choices, you should see changes in no time!