If you’re new to working out, getting started might feel daunting. With so many different ways to exercise – how do you know which type is right for you?
Here are just a handful of ideas for how you can get yourself active.
Weight lifting is a popular way to get started in the gym. This is the most effective way to strengthen your muscles, making daily tasks easier because you’ll be stronger. However, it’s important you learn how to lift safely and correctly, as it’s so easy to injure yourself if you do it wrong. You may need to start with a personal trainer to show you the ropes. If you don’t have the funds for that, there are so many great YouTube tutorials for beginners that will show you how to use gym equipment safely.
You’re already carrying the weight of running a business – how heavy can a few dumbbells be?
Running is another great activity for newbies. Plus, it’s one of the most affordable ways to exercise, as all you need is a pair of running shoes and a positive mindset. If you need extra motivation to get started, see if there’s a ParkRun near you. These are free weekly events where people of all ages and fitness levels get together to run, jog or walk 5km. You’ll have the support of doing it as part of a group, and it’s very casual and no-pressure, making it perfect for those who are just testing the waters with running.
With a bit of experience under your belt, you’ll have no trouble chasing those late payments or running around after your clients.
If you have a pool nearby, swimming is a great low-impact cardio activity that goes easy on your joints. It uses all your major muscle groups, making it the ideal full-body workout. If you’re a parent, you could even get the kids involved too and keep fit whilst spending time with your family.
If you’re drowning in work, get yourself down to the leisure centre – a good workout is sure to keep you afloat.
Yoga is amazing for increasing flexibility, strength, and balance, and many people find it helps them just as much mentally as it does physically. There are many different styles of yoga – some go heavy on the meditation aspect, and others are a lot more physically demanding. You may need to try a few out and see which suits you best.
Even just 20 minutes of yoga can be an effective workout, so you won’t have to bend over backwards to fit this into your schedule.
Boxing is another fun full-body workout that will have you sweaty and satisfied by the end. And it has the benefits of improving hand-eye coordination and discipline and can help you relieve any work-related stress. See if you can join a beginner’s class at a nearby gym.
With a bit of training, you’ll be fighting off your competitors in no time.