If you’re thinking of starting an exercise program, and you have never really exercised before, Always start off slowly with low intensity training. Don’t rush into it! getting results takes time. You should also visit your doctor for a health check just to make sure you’re fit and healthy enough to begin a workout program.
What are sets and repetitions?
Repetitions which are sometimes referred to as repeats or just reps, they’re simply the amount of times to perform a single full exercise motion. If you perform a number of continuous reps, for example 10 reps, then that this is referred to as 1 set.
What do you want to achieve?
One of the first things that you need to decide is what exactly it’s that you want to achieve, for example.
- Fat loss
- Muscle building
- Increasing strength
- Getting toned
- Improving your health
- Improve your endurance (Cardiovascular or Muscular)
- Simply to look better
Your ambition will probably be to achieve more than one of these goals. Once you’re clear about your goals you can move forward and find out the right information that you need.
What ever your goal is the method for achieving them will all have similarities. Reaching your goal will require exercise, resistance training, cardiovascular exercising or both. Your diet will more than likely need to be improved to include more nutrient rich foods and less simple carbohydrates and certain fats.
You probably have many questions like
- How often should I exercise?
- How long should I exercise for?
- What exercises should I perform?
- What foods should I eat?
These are all good questions that need to be answered before you can begin constructing your workout and your diet plan. Many of these questions can be answered by searching the categories on this site. However one thing which is important to understand is that people can respond differently to training. What works well for one person may not work so well for another. It’s important to try out different workouts and methods and to see how your body responds to the training.
Once you’re clear about your goals, seek out a suitable workout. Remember that getting results takes time and effort, there is no quick fix or solution.
If you’re more interested in building up muscle mass you should take a look at the bodybuilding for beginners page. This page provides more information on gaining muscle, plus if you scroll down to the bottom of the page you’ll find an actual tried and tested muscle building workout.