Tips For Starting a New Fitness Routine

By: Amy H.
It’s ambitious to adopt the “go big or go home” mentality, but it may be the worst thing you can do to when starting a new fitness program. It is actually better to start slowly and build your body up for future success.

Your muscles will take some time to adapt to a new fitness regime. For optimal progress, use free weights and cables (not machines!), and focus on technique rather than loading on the weight or performing endless reps of exercises. The goal is to see results, not to get injured!

Be consistent with your workouts and set reasonable goals, such as getting to the gym 3 times a week. You will become stronger, improve endurance, and stay motivated if you give yourself enough time to rest between workouts. Don’t get crazy and change your exercises every workout. Follow a 4-6 week program and then make changes. This will ensure you don’t get too sore after every session and you will continue to see progress.

Have fun and stay fit!

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About Jav Girl

1) Background: - Originally from Guelph, ONT, - Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University, - Workplace Wellness & Health Promotion (WWHP) Post-Graduate Certificate from Centennial College - Completed my WWHP placement at UHN - Hired at UHN August 2008 2) Passions: - I love to run! Nothing beats a runner's high! =) 3) Achievements: - Competed at the National Track & Field Champions for Javelin [I named my javelin 'Orville' after the Wright brothers who invited the airplane - as I wanted my javelin to 'fly'] 4) "I love what I do because . . . it allows me to help others incorporate aspects of a healthy lifestyle into their lives. I've always wanted to help people get active and live better lives; I just never knew it could be my day job.' 5) Book Recommendation: 'Mindless Eating' by Brian Wansink and 'The Happiness Project' by Gretchen Rubin

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