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A GUIDE TO FITNESS BEGINNERS

If you’ve finally set a goal to start hitting the gym but have no idea where to start or has enjoyed getting fit before but need to be re-introduced to the basics to stay responsible, then this is a must read for you. Here are some advices you can take into consideration if you’re planning to dive into the delightful fitness world for the first time.

HAVE A PLAN

Plan out when you’re going to the gym and don not just talk about when you’re going to start. You can jot down the time you will allot to the gym into your planner and make it a priority to follow through, just as you would for an important task or meeting with a client. Once you’ve set up a routing, you will rely less on motivation and more on habit to get you going.

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Start by taking it slow and go to the gym at least three to four times a week. A good plan is to set it every Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with a bonus option to go on weekends.

SET UP GOALS YOU CAN ACHIEVE WITH BABY STEPS

It can be really overwhelming when starting a new fitness plan or program. There is a need to challenge yourself but at the same time you don’t want to set high hopes with numbers and end up disappointed that you did not measure up.

Losing weight and getting fit do not happen with a snap of a finger. So make sure to set up small and realistic goals that you can follow each week.

One of your goals can be going to the gym consistently each week. If five weeks is not ideal for you, then start with three and work really hard on those three workout sessions. If it’s hard for you to finish a 30 minute cardio session then push for 15 or 20 minutes. Each day you will get stronger and your endurance will start to increase.

THE IMPORTANCE OF PLANNING YOUR NUTRITION

Your nutrition is just as important as working out. Whenever possible, try to eat whole foods and stick to it and make sure to eat a good amount of proteins, healthy fast and complex carbs in your diets. In addition, try to include more fresh fruits and vegetables in every meal.

If your goal is to lose weight and stay healthy, you will not get anywhere if you will turn to high fat and foods that are low and dense in nutrients. You will end up feeling like you’ve taken one step forward but took two steps backwards. Try to learn to create lighter versions of your dishes to avoid the struggle, and also avoid eating foods with high calories when dining out.

DO CARDIO EXERCISES

Increase both your endurance and stamina by doing cardio exercises as well as trim excess body fats. You can do at least 20 minutes a day on your choice of exercise machines such as treadmill and stationary bike, which can make a huge difference.

5 Habits you didn’t know are damaging your neck

Every part of the body ought to receive the same attention as the others. It is shocking to learn that daily routines can impact your neck negatively. Taking a step forward to avoid these habits can do you more good than harm. Some habits like sleeping on your stomach and looking down for long can put your neck in danger. Check this out.

Carrying a heavy bag

If you have carried heavy loads, then you know that carrying a heavy purse or bag around it isn’t easy. Regardless of how appealing the purse may look on you, a bag with a handy strap to throw over your shoulder can damage your neck and your back. Heavy bag with several items is a burden to one shoulder. If you have several items to carry around, consider, getting a backpack that can wear over both shoulders so that the load can be spread as evenly as possible. Also, you should adjust the straps so that it fits comfortably. Not only do carrying heavy things hurts your shoulder and neck, but it also damages your back.

Sleeping on your stomach

You possibly prefer this position for sleeping, but it is not healthy. Sleeping on your stomach hurts the neck as it compels it to be turned to one side and flattens the natural curve of the spine. But you can avoid causing harm to your neck by sleeping in the right position.

Wearing heels

It is believed that pain is the beauty but not when it stresses your neck. Wearing high heels comes with a broad range of health problems. Regardless of how stylish you look when wearing them, high heels can create pain for your lower legs and stress your neck. They create an illusion of longer legs when you are short. If you happen to have some neck pain, then you have to consider wearing flat shoes.

Sedentary lifestyle

Choices have consequences. The more you sit for an extended period the more, your posture starts to breakdown.  It can be much easier to maintain a good posture if you choose to sit a few minutes and then engage in an activity. Make it a routine to leave your workstation at least once per hour and move around. This can help to avoid putting so much stress on your neck.

Looking down

Whether you are tilting your head down to see your laptop screen, angling your head frontward as you drive, or using your smartphone all through the day, you are putting pressure on your neck. These might appear like nothing, but doing them regularly proves how much damage they can cause. This can amount to harming for your neck over time. Avoid looking down for long; at least take a break from your reading.

Conclusion

While all these habits might appear as if they are small and can’t have any effect, it is imperative to make some lifestyle changes to keep your neck healthy. If the neck is stressed, the back will also be in pain.