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5 steps to a new fitness routine

29 October 2011 No Comment

“I’m stuck in the holiday mood rut and want to get back to the gym, but I have no idea where to start.”- If this sounds familiar, then we have the right fitness fix for you.

Yes, the Diwali week is nearly over and it’s time to bounce back to life with a brand new fitness routine. The theme behind this read is picking something you truly enjoy, which will eventually help in evolving your workout routine and activity plan into something you stick to without compromise. Here’s how…

So, what’s your definition of exercising? Start exploring what suits your needs and body type the best. To start with, if the gym feels awkward, then try a 30 minutes brisk walk routine 6 times a week. Rent exercise videos along the way, or if your budget allows spend on that new fitness class you’ve been eyeing. Nothing makes the cut? Consider joining a kickbox, karate or dancing class.

Choose between group based activities. If you are not a self-motivating natural-born athlete, then try out a combination of weekend sports (like biking, swimming, cycling or even a Frisbee game with your friends). Keep your waistline in check by enhancing your social interaction through fitness pursuits. Group based fitness activities offer the added advantage of helping you de-stress in the company of others – something that’s definitely preferrable to just being around people when you’re hard at work and incredibly stressed out.

Try and adjust your old routine before starting a completely new one. When you reach a plateau in your training, it is not necessary or even advisable to perform a completely new routine. Instead adjust certain variables such as sets and reps, intensity, or a combination, and see if this makes a positive impact upon your training,” says our fitness expert, Sophia Yasmin. But who doesn’t need a break? And don’t we all love them? So, every 8-12 weeks, a one to two week break from the gym will help rejuvenate the body, adds Yasmin.

Get acquainted with all the indicators of progress: The feeling you get when you fit into your high school jeans again, or can lift heavier without getting exhausted, is immense. Some of the other positive indicators of a good exercise routine are:
– Your family doctor congratulates you on improved levels of cholesterol.
– You have more energy all throughout the day.
– You are able to perform heavy physical activities like moving furniture, without experiencing aches and pains.

Watch out for these mistakes when starting a new fitness routine:
– The ‘gym slouch’ – Leaning on equipment assists your back more than you should usually require, if you’re already healthy and have no structural issues. Refrain from backrests, handles and bars unless lifting heavy.
– Stretching errors: Always start with a warm up, then stretch, and finally start your workout. Also, always end with a cool down phase of deep breathing with stretches. Remember – a good workout must begin and end well.


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