Hello Sporty! Welcome to Just Active!
You want to start exercising? Has it been a while or are you recovering from an injury? You want to again feel more fit, more energetic and to feel better about yourself by losing weight or perhaps you want to feel stronger. But where to start? And what will you do? How do you meet your goals?
Often I hear about people who start working out again, sometimes from nothing to three times a week or more and then need to stop due to injuries or fatigue.
Has this happened to you? You don’t have to fall into this trap, you can do things differently. If you are starting to workout again after an extended period of inactivity, your body must first get used working out again. With the right plan, you can build muscle and increase your overall health. Starting at a half an hour, twice a week could be sufficient. If you start to hard at the beginning, you will quickly become demotivated. But, if have the right plan you will begin to feel more energetic and you will be able to exercise longer and harder. You will feel stronger and have better coordination and balance. And… you will not be laying on the couch with a bag of chips; so there you have the win-win situation.
Besides the fact that exercise leads to physical improvements, it is also important for a healthy psychological state. People with burnout or depression are often advised to move. In and of itself this is quite logical, because even though there’s no immediate muscle growth after exercising, you will feel yourself becoming stronger, not only physically, but also mentally. Your vitality and energy will increase. This is because Endorphins are created during physical exertion. In short: Exercising makes you happy! This applies to everyone!
Depending on your goals, exercise and nutrition are inseparably linked. I do not mean that you are only aloud to eat carrots and raw food, on the contrary! There are lots of articles and recipes for healthy but tasty food. However, I now eat homemade sweet potato fries from the oven. Taste a lot better than deep fat frying and a lot healthier, and bit of mayo is ok. The point is that you eat a varied diet, and not take more to you than you need. Balance is the keyword.
It is not just about what you eat and how much, but also when you eat. Opinions are sometimes divided on this issue, but in my opinion are five to six meals per day is sufficient: Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack and dinner. Going to bed hungry is not the intent, but then eat something light like cottage cheese, but leave the cake, chips and chocolate more (not always though) in the closet (or of in the supermarket of course ;-)).
Yes and then…? I would say “Just Start!“. You can start somewhere yourself, but you can also start under the guidance of a personal trainer. A personal trainer can help you define your goals and help devise a plan on your fitness journey.
Would you like to work out in a group? Or would you rather have a plan to follow, find a sport you love and want to enjoy more fully. You can find more information on these pages Personal Training and Bootcamp for options or please contact me.