Written By: Nadia Nguru
Getting into any new routine can be pretty hard, daunting and most times you’ll feel like quitting. Don’t. No really, I mean it. Sometimes all it takes is a little motivation coupled with some guideline to get you on the right track.
- DO NOT overwork your muscles
It can be really easy to get into the gym with a lot of psych and do multiple reps with weights, working out your forearms, triceps etc. if you are not yet used to how demanding the recovery process of your muscles can be..mostly because you’re a ‘newbie’ then overworking your muscles can lead to muscle spasms which are no fun at all.
- DO warm up before you start training
You have to treat gyming like a sport, especially when it comes to lifting or working with weights. If you don’t warm up prior to, you’re not going to have a very successful training session. Warming up ensures that your body is ready for the workout. It does so by gently increasing your heart rate and blood circulation as well as upping the blood flow to your muscles and relaxing your joints.
- Supplement your workouts with the right nutrition.
It’s one thing to hit the gym, but more often than not, you make a bigger impact on your body by changing your diet as well. Eating foods high in saturated fats and acid doesn’t help your body as it slows down the healing process of muscles that underwent ‘wear and tear’ at the gym.
- Pace yourself
This point cannot be stressed enough. You have to build up a pace and keep with it before you start skipping from lifting 15 to lifting 40 kgs. The same goes for squatting, ab-crunch machines…you get the point.
- Want to lose belly fat? Cardio.
To some this may sound a little unbelievable, but cardio aids the loss of belly fat to a great extent. Thus, you can try all the versions of situps and crunches known to mankind, but you must supplement them with cardio for you to start exhibiting proper fat loss. Cardio includes running, using the elliptical or a speed bike. Basically anything that gets your heart racing and makes you break a lil sweat.
- Know your body type.
It’s all well and good to get advice from peers who’ve been to the gym a little longer, but doing some research to know your body type goes a long way in making sure you’re getting the most out of your work out. There’s probably no other more sure-fire way of getting the gains you want, other than knowing what training regime works best for you. For Ectomorphs, a diet high in protein is necessary. Ironically enough, carbohydrates are also recommended for ectomorphs, but be careful as to which carbohydrates to consume;complex carbohydrates take long to breakdown and slow down the bulking process. For endomorphs, a diet low on carbohydrates and rich in protein and healthy fats will help with the fat-loss process.
7. Make it a lifestyle
A lot of experts recommend making going to the gym a habit in order to see positive improvements both mentally and physically. I argue that you should make it a lifestyle. This doesn’t mean littering your instagram feed with selfies every time you hit the gym, it just means that you should take it as seriously as you take going to work, school, eating, sleeping-as seriously as you take all parts of your lifestyle.