Ok girls, here’s some fitness tips for women like you, who may have thought about starting to workout but don’t know where to start. With all the info out there its hard to know what you should be doing and what to expect, hopefully these tips will give you the confidence to get moving!
1. Enjoy yourself!
Find something you enjoy, doing anything is better than doing nothing, and you more likely to stick to a routine if you enjoy it. So don’t worry about what exercise is the most effective or which burns more calories. Start with something you enjoy then adapt and change your routine as you become fitter.
2. Be realistic
Setting targets which are beyond your reach will leave you feel unmotivated; If you’re just starting out, getting a bikini body in month is not achievable. But over time, as you improve and get into a routine, you will be able to achieve your goals.
3. Don’t be intimidated by the gym
Everyone has to start somewhere and most people in the gym will have been a newbie at some point too, so there’s no reason to feel out of place. After a few sessions you will know what you’re doing and won’t be a newbie any longer. Personally I love seeing newbies join the gym turn into confident pros with great bodies!
4. Don’t be intimidated by weights
It frustrates me that more women don’t lifting weights, not only is the secret to building and maintaining a great body, but they also have health benefits that are particularly important to women. Yes, you can get a great body from running on the treadmill for an hour every night but unless you’re some kind of crazy super women, this is unsustainable. Not only can you burn as many calories doing strength and resistance exercises but building muscle also burns more fat between workouts. Weight training can increase bone density and help protect you from Osteoporosis, helping you stay fit and healthy to a right old age. And no, it will not make you look bulky; women simply do not have enough testosterone in their bodies to turn into Arnold Schwarzenegger!
5. Mix it up!
You should be working your muscles and body harder over time. If you repeat the same sets of exercises and same weight your body will get used to it and you won’t see any progress. Try something as simple as switching from the bike to the treadmill or start a new class or enter a 5k. Not only will these keep things interesting but your body will have a new challenge.
6. Reps of sets
Perform sets of exercises in repetitions of 10-15 in sets of 2 or 3, rest for around 30 seconds between each. Increase weights or reps over time to build muscle.
7. Don’t overindulge
One reason people don’t see results is because they overestimate the amount of calories burned and overcompensate afterwards! There is nothing wrong with a little treat now and then, but going to the gym a few times a week doesn’t mean you can eat what you want! Most bodybuilders incorporate a treat meal every week where they can eat what they like, while making sure they stick to their diet the rest of the week. Try this and you won’t be so tempted to over eat the rest of the week.
8. Be easy on yourself
Listen, it’s going to happen, no matter how hard you try you’re going to slip up. Unless you have the commitment of an athlete, there will be occasions when you can’t be bothered or life gets in the way. But don’t beat yourself up about it, put it behind you and get back on it as soon as possible. When you accept that it will happen, you’re more likely to stick to your goals.