So, you’ve decided to embark on a fitness journey; however, it is hard to know where to start. At a time where social media influencers, products, and gadgets seem to overpower the fitness world, starting your fitness journey can feel overwhelming and complicated. It is hard to know who to listen to and some people make their “programs” so intense they end up giving up, which leads to further frustration. Fitness should not be complicated. In fact, it should be an escape.
A Helpful Guide to Start:
As a physical therapist, I feel it is important to be transparent with my exercise routine.
I strive to workout 4-6x/week for 40-60 minutes a session. I always give myself 1-2 days of “active rest” where I will do a leisurely walk or a fun workout that makes me happy, but nothing too strenuous. When I workout, I will spend about 70% of my time with strength training (weights) and 30% on cardio. I like to start with strength training as I have the most energy then and I do my cardio at the end of my session. I prefer working out in the mornings, as working out gives me energy for the rest of the day, though I know many people who work out at night because it helps them sleep better. I currently follow an app for strength training, as it keeps me accountable for targeting certain body parts. It has taken me years to work up to this point.
I like to do this workout at home, and this workout is great because you can do it anywhere.
No matter what workout you choose, the most important thing is to stay consistent. Have fun with your workouts and enjoy your fitness journey!
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