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Starting a New Workout Plan

Embarking on a new workout plan and fitness plan can bring mixed emotions. You may feel very excited and motivated to get started and go all out with your workout, or you may have feelings of anxiety and nervousness about wearing workout clothes and working out in front of others, among other things.

Although you may be overly enthusiastic about your plan and have extremely lofty fitness goals, there are some basics to keep in mind when starting out on a workout plan.

It's important to gauge your starting point before you begin. It is best to get your physician's stamp of approval before starting out on any fitness plan. It can be extremely dangerous to jump into a difficult fitness plan. Make sure you are physically healthy enough to work out. If you're healthy enough to get started, then keep the following in mind:

Start small. It's necessary that you work your way up gradually to a more intensive workout. Start out by taking it easy and not pushing yourself too hard. Below are a few examples of how you can begin.

  • Take a brisk walk for 15 minutes.
  • Ride your bicycle at a leisurely pace for 30 minutes
  • Take a beginning yoga class
  • Swim laps at a leisurely pace for 30 minutes

Once you have started out slowly and kept up these small workouts for at least a week, then consider joining a gym and working with a personal trainer. A professional can help you tailor your workout based on your starting level and fitness goals.

If you aren't joining a gym, then make sure you take care to not injure yourself and not over-exert yourself./

Things you can do on your own include walking and running in the park, doing beginning workout videos at home and doing beginning weight training exercises.

  • Set realistic goals for yourself— instead of planning on working out every single day and then beating yourself up for not carrying it out, plan on working out in some manner a few times a week.
  • Pump yourself up by buying new workout clothes if you are working out at home or in the gym, or buying a new water aerobics swimsuit if you are doing aqua fitness.
  • Eat healthy in order to compliment your fitness efforts. Focus on a healthy lifestyle, not weight loss or dieting.

Remember that the goal to keep in mind is becoming more healthy, not over-working yourself or trying to obtain unrealistic goals.

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