So, you’re ready to start working out? Great! Let’s get started.
Before you head to the gym and flaunt your lululemon, there are a few things you should know.
When working out, form should be your number one focus. Bodybuilding.com explains that shunning form can decrease the effectiveness of your workout and lead to injury. If you are working out at home, try to do so in front of a mirror so that you can double check that your knees are over your ankles and your back is really as straight as you think it is. The best way to maintain good form is to work out with a friend who can correct you. Working out with a friend also helps establish and maintain a routine and makes exercise fun and something to which to look forward.
Equally as important as form is maintaining steady breath. Never hold your breath during a workout. It is crucial to inhale as you set up and exhale as you exert force. Doing so will make exercise dramatically easier.
Always, always, always stretch and warm-up before and after exercising. A warm-up prevents injury and helps the body burn more fat. Watch the below video from Flexy Friday for one of the best pre-workout routines. It takes just a few minutes, but will make an astounding difference in your overall fitness.
Below, we’ve handpicked some of our favorite targeted workouts. These can be integrated into a longer workout done in- or outdoors. They can also be performed in isolation at home.
We suggest making it a habit to do these strength-building exercises in the morning to get you energized and ready for the day. Exercising in the morning before breakfast burns more fat and results in greater weight loss, explains Founder and CEO of Diet Free Life, LLC, Robert Ferguson, M.S., C.N., in an article for the Huffington Post. As an added bonus, Cosmopolitan says morning exercise leads to better eating habits throughout the day, less stress at work, and an overall brighter mood.
So what are you waiting for? Slip on those leggings and get going!