Start A Workout Routine- A Beginner's Guide
by Natashya Khoo on Jan 06, 2022
Welcome to 2022! With a new year comes new goals, and if you’re anything like us, you might be wanting to get into better shape. While there is no perfect body size, there’s no harm in working towards a body that makes you happy by setting healthy targets.
If you’ve been here, you’ll see that we’re all about fitness- but we know that’s not the case for everyone. This one goes out to those who’ve not been big on exercise before. This is a safe space! We’re so proud of you for making this investment into your health and wellbeing. It’s hard, but we promise it’s worth it!
Just for you: here’s a beginners’ 101; a basic guide on how you can start an exercise regimen that you can stick to, after the new years’ resolution high passes.
1. Pick a workout that works for you
A workout targeting weight loss is going to look different from a workout that targets building muscle. If you’re looking to achieve a toned body figure, try body sculpting workouts. For those who are looking to tone up specific parts of your body such as your abs or hips, there are workouts for that too.
Take some time to think about what your body needs most at this moment, and then start by doing your research from there.
You can also explore based on the type of workouts you do. HIIT exercises are intense workouts done in short time intervals and are great for weight loss. Yoga may seem like just a bunch of ohm’s, but are actually great for flexibility and strength.
Whatever you decide, make sure it works for your body, and don’t be intimidated if you can’t do everything all at once.
2. Invest in workout equipment
Whether you’re working out at home or in the gym, having your own equipment is always better, especially more so now as we navigate the pandemic. The basic home gym equipments include a jump rope, resistance bands (heads up: there is a long and short version with different uses), weights (traditional dumbbell or weighted bangles are great) and sliders.
Aside from that, get a sturdy exercise mat that works for your workout regime and body needs - if you have pre-existing injuries you might want to opt for a softer, more dense mat.
On the note of injuries: take precautions, but don’t be alarmed if you do sustain them. A pro tip is to get a foam roller to release stiff muscles pre & post exercise and prevent the likelihood of a sprain. Above all, clean your equipment after a sweaty workout!
3. Get comfortable
When starting a new routine, you might feel the need to dress up and show up. However, the more steps you have to put into something new, the harder it’ll be to sustain the habit. Stick with a good sports bra (tops optional), comfy leggings or shorts, and a good pair of shoes and socks (or barefoot for certain workouts).
Feel free to use what you already have so that it’s already worn in, or get something new for the added motivation.
It also doesn’t hurt to work out in a space that you feel comfortable in. If you’re working out at a gym, there are female-only gyms, or studios that can cater to your specific exercise goals.
At home, set up a space that is conducive for a workout. Keep your equipment nearby, have light coming in, or put in candles or a lamp for a cosy atmosphere.
We believe in your goals, LIVLOLA fam! Stay healthy and stay strong. Here’s to a fitter 2022!