What to Expect When You Start A Workout Routine

www.SlimDownwithHolly.com Today I’m gonna talk about one of my favorite topics and it is what you can expect when you first start a workout routine or a new fitness program. Maybe you’ve never worked out a day in your life and you know you need to start doing something about the way that you feel, maybe it isn’t even about your body anymore, right?

www.SlimDownwithHolly.com Today I’m gonna talk about one of my favorite topics and it is what you can expect when you first start a workout routine or a new fitness program. Maybe you’ve never worked out a day in your life and you know you need to start doing something about the way that you feel, maybe it isn’t even about your body anymore, right?

It’s a like an energy necessity and or maybe the doctor said hey look you got to start exercising. If any of this sounds like you, here are some things that you can expect when you are getting started with a workout program.

If this is your first time watching one of my videos, my name is Holly Hierman and I’ve been in the fitness industry since the year 2000. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology and I’ve been working one-on-one with individuals for over 10 years online, as well as teaching group fitness classes since 2001 and I love helping people discover that exercise isn’t a punishment, it’s actually a reward.

I have to tell you how important it is for you to get at least 30 minutes of exercise daily. It is all it really takes to boost your metabolism along with giving you a better emotional outlook in general. Research shows that exercise is not only good for you physically but mentally as well. I want to help you with what you can expect when you are starting out, so that you continue to exercise and not stop once you feel something you might not expect.

Pace Yourself! You are going to get tired.Do not try to go at Olympic pace or try to keep up with the person next to you. Nobody expects you to go full out and go crazy on your first day or even your first week.

Some things you might experience are light-headedness you might even see little balls of light flashing in front of your eyes or even your sight going black. Don’t worry, if you do experience dizziness or any one of these things your body is telling you to pace yourself, to slow down. This is very natural and very normal, especially when you take your body from a standing position to a seated position or maybe laying down and then quickly back up. It’s better to go light and make it through the whole workout. You will feel accomplished and good about yourself and more than likely you will want to do it again the next day.

You will most likely experience muscle fatigue/tiredness and most likely muscle soreness. Your muscles are going to feel like they might “give out” at times, this is normal. I’ve heard it explained, while lifting weights, as the feeling of little bubbles or like a rippling sensation and while that’s actually normal I would recommend you do less weight next time or take more breaks. Because yes you’re going to feel fatigued, you’re gonna feel the burn, the muscle burn, that is. While all of this is normal, when you’re first starting out you don’t want to kill yourself on the first day because like if you can’t even get out of bed to walk the next day what’s the chances that you’re gonna stick to something?!

Find a workout you enjoy, something that you look forward to doing. You are more likely to stick with something that you think is fun, even if it is difficult. Finding exercises and workout routines that are right for your body, not only your body but also fills you up in a way that makes you feel good on the inside. What’s really fun for you to do, for example, if you’re the type of person who likes to dance, then find dance classes or online workouts that have dancing in it. For me, I like to feel tough, I love me some kickboxing and MMA style stuff.

Figure out what you enjoy, do you like riding bikes? Do you like swimming? Do you like being outdoors? Do you like being in a group setting? Ask yourself these questions, because if you’re not enjoying yourself, you’re not going to stick with it. You might stick with it to get to your fitness goal, but you’re not gonna stick with it after that. This has really been a godsend for me, I found some really fun group fitness classes that I love so much and I still take and teach fitness classes. I absolutely love it! I don’t do any type of workout if it feels like a punishment or if it’s painful. Just because it’s fun doesn’t mean that it’s not good for you, it’s actually even better because you’re going to stick with it.

My tips for anybody out there who is approaching exercise for the first time or maybe for the 30th time in your life and it’s never worked for you before are to learn to pace yourself, listen to your body, drink plenty of water and slow down when you need to take breaks. Finally, find something you enjoy doing and look forward to. What is your favorite workout? Comment below.

Thoughts or questions? I'd love to hear from you.