With the New Year right around the corner, people around the world are going to start thinking about resolutions. There are endless options but you can count on exercising being at or near the top. Unfortunately, according to Forbes just 8% of Americans actually follow through. Most people don’t consider some important aspects of starting a workout routine and thus they give up. Here are 5 things you should know before you set out to acheive your goals so that you can be in that 8%.
It Takes Time
You won’t acheive instant results and your age and current physical health can make the time it takes to see progress even longer. On average it will take 3 weeks before you start feeling anything and real results won’t begin until the 6 month mark.
Exercise is Going to Hurt
Obviously pushing yourself into unbearable pain is not what we’re talking about here. Within the first week you are going to feel the burn because your muscles are getting used to the new movements and will need time to adjust. If it doesn’t hurt then you are probably not doing an exercise that will make much difference.
Cardio is Key
Weights and machines are for strength training which are great if you want to bulk up. However, if you are trying to get fit and shed some weight then you need to focus on cardiovascular development. Elliptical trainers and treadmills mixed with cardio exercises will do more for you especially if your time is limited.
You Will Probably Get Bored
Repeating the same motions over and over, day in and day out, will eventually cause you to lose interest. It’s boring. Some people fight this with headphones playing their favorite tunes but an even better way to combat boredom is to switch up your routine. Trade in the gym for a bike ride outside sometimes or simply use different equipment.
It Takes More Than Exercise
Practically all of your habits have to change. Take the stairs, drink more water and avoid junk food. All the work you put into toning and defining your muscles can actually be undone if you don’t keep moving and eat fatty, salty or sugary foods. Not only that, but the Huffington Post mentions in an article that if you do not properly fuel yourself, then your body may not be able to support the new routine.