I don’t understand why some people wait tip New Years to get different goals started…it’s stupid. You don’t need a day to tell you what to do (i,e, valentines day, but that’s for another time)
At first it started out as getting in physique for playing flag football with the homies at the park or school. Soon after I didn’t really notice the weight loss, just the boost of energy on the field and wanting more to stay on par with those who were more in shape than I was.
To be honest, I wasn’t all in for supplements. I mean I didn’t think they were the devil or something, just thought of it as cheating your body. Now I kinda realize that they do indeed help (def check reviews and see if the ones you wanna check out are safe for use first!) because when I didn’t use them I was sore of days and it kinda swayed me away from working out again, being sore for days even eating the right stuff trying to heal faster. These things target where you’re maxing at while exercising (legs, arms, all that jazz).
I’m using a pre-workout mix when I do work out. Kicks in in about 20 mins after finishing it. I feel my body getting ready to kick it’s own ass in order to burn calories and whatnot.
If you’re barely starting out, START SLOW.
For me, I couldn’t even finish a full mile without stopping tip maybe a month? Building up is important, it’s basically progression. Once you feel comfortable with what you started with, build on.
I started off 75% of a mile on 3-3.5 mph on the treadmill. I started walking after that 75%. That’s when I created a goal: Go a mile without stopping. Soon enough a few weeks later I was able to. From there I created small goals to achieve in weeks: (Keep in mind I did start in summer of this year)
- Do a full mile @ 3.5mph non stop
- Do a full mile @ 4mph non-stop
and so on. Right now, I completed 2 miles non-stop on 5 mph. That’s a new for me. My new goal is to beat the clock that says when to finish. I beat the first mile by 5 seconds but I slowed a bit since it was a my first strike at it.
Always do a cool down walk, 3-5 mins perhaps on a slower speed on a treadmill.
Music & Motivators
What really gets me is my background music. my motivator. I play positive, motivational tunes to get me going like, the fighter by gym class heroes or going the distance by cake. Play anything you can keep a rhythm to if you want. (i.e. I used Daft punk) Those fight type of songs get me through my workout. That and counting out my reps aloud, letting me know that I’m close to finishing my rep or set.
I break down my lifts into 4 sets of 25. Overall I’m doing 100. breaking it down gives my muscles a 10-15 sec interval to stretch, get blood flowing back into my arms and prepping for another 25.
Again, start slow. I started at 40lbs maybe? (Based off of the Bowflex Motivator 2) or 30?. After I got comfortable (you notice you struggle less with progression) with that weight, I add on maybe 10 and see what goes on from there. Right now I’m at 80-90. Today I struggled a bit so I adjusted my weight (I lift to the front of my head and behind, so 200 pulls down past my chin, I count as 1 tip’ I hit 25 ( 4- sets broken into 25; 100 pull downs plus front/back so 200) from 90-80 when completing the other 100.
Same switch for my leg lifts ^ ( 2 sets of 50 (leg stretch after 1st half) to get 100 overall)
LOTS AND LOTS of water helps in a workout, your body will sweat, put water back into it. Room temp is good since cold water slows down the blood flow. You don’t want that, you want your blood to flow all over to your body to increase efficiency in your workout.
Streching: Before and after. Arms, legs, torso, whatever.
Make Notes of what you’ve done: Calories burned, duration, all that jazz.
when you first start out, you can track your progress that way :) (Wish I thought of that when I first started <__< )
This was just my small start into better health. Working out & eating needs to be balanced, sure you can pig out, but what most don’t realize is that you need to work harder to burn that shit out of your body.
If you pig out, double up on the workout, or cardio. try not to let it sit there.
*** Just my standpoint. Feel free to look into other regimes.”