If you’re a workout beginner and you’re just getting started with your cardio or weight training regimen, there are few things you should know. First, congratulations! A healthy lifestyle is its own reward. You’re on your way to better muscle tone, a tighter, leaner body, better sleep, a sharper focus and a positive mental outlook that can help you tackle the challenges of your day.
Second, you may be wondering how much help you need. Some workout beginners aren’t sure how much they should take on by themselves, and they aren’t quite sure how to set realistic goals. You may be wondering how to get from where you are to where you want to be, and you may want to avoid setting goals that are too easy, which can prevent you from getting the most out of your workout, or too unreasonable, which can set you up for discouragement. You may also be looking over a room full of machines at the gym with no idea exactly where to start.
A professional trainer can definitely step in and act as your guide and motivator. He or she can assess your starting point and help you push yourself right up to and just past the limits of your comfort zone, so you can get the most out of your routine and take the most efficient path to the successful accomplishment of your goals. But if you can’t afford a trainer, don’t let that stop you from taking control over your health and your destiny. Use the internet and consult with others if you can about their own progress and experiences. And work out with a friend or social group. A close, supportive community can help you track your progress and provide the encouragement you need to stay motivated.