Many people don’t know what to expect when you first start working out. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with options as a beginner, and a lot of beginners tend to overthink what it takes to create a realistic workout regime.
Protekt knows that overthinking won’t get you anywhere fast. Instead, our philosophy is based around keeping things simple. Keeping it simple means putting in the work and giving your body what it needs - just three basic things! Sleep, hydration, and nutrition.
Common sense is all it really takes to get a good workout and start a routine that you’ll stick to. By giving your body what it needs (and a lot of it), you’ll thrive and actually want to work out each day. This is the most basic requirement for how to create a fitness plan that works for you.
The Right Way to Exercise
So, what is the right way to exercise? The truth of the matter is that there’s no right way because there’s no wrong way. It’s more about keeping up the routine of doing something - anything - every day.
As you start out, pick something you enjoy. If you need a little more sunlight in your life, take a 30 minute walk on your lunch break and soak up those rays (vitamin D never hurt anyone!). If you’ve been missing the water, do some laps in your community pool once the work day is done.
Once you find an activity that you enjoy doing, it won’t feel like work. If you start out with an activity that you can’t stand, all you’re going to do is dread working out. And dread won’t get you very far.
Once you settle into a routine of doing that thing you enjoy every day (like we said, it could be anything! Just make sure it’s not something you’re already doing. It should be something new), it’s time to build upon it. If you were lifting weights, add a little cardio to the docket. If you were walking on the treadmill, add a bit of meditation or 15 minutes of yoga to the end of your session.
It’s key to tack on just a little at first - if you bite off more than you can chew, it could be intimidating and discouraging.
One of the many plus sides of routinely working out is the serotonin boosts that it brings. So, not only are you helping your body, you’re helping your mind too. Take note of how you feel - physically and mentally - as you travel along this exercise journey.
Working Out at Home
Thanks to the pandemic, a lot of us aren’t crazy about going to the gym right now. Working out at home - especially if you have limited space - can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be impossible.
How to start working out at home is simple. Even if you don’t have a lot of room, dedicate a space that’s meant just for exercise - even just for 30 minutes or so. Make sure you’re not going to run into any furniture, lay down a mat, find some weights, or dig out the exercise ball.
Don’t have any of that equipment at home? That’s fine, too! Instead of a mat, you can always lay down a towel while doing yoga. You can use your bed frame or couch to place your feet under while doing crunches. And good old exercises like push-ups, bicycle kicks, and stretching don’t involve any equipment at all.
Staying Committed to Working Out
The most important takeaway from this article is to simply do it. Get moving, and move every day. There will be days that you don’t feel like doing it, but once you push through those days, they’ll start showing up less and less.
Your future self will thank you for the work that you put in!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Protekt products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.