Starting a new fitness adventure? Fundamental checklist to get you going

It’s tempting to think that it’s easy to get fit: you just exercise more… right? Well, yes – but, in practice, getting more of that vital exercise into your day can be trickier than you could have expected.

That’s why you should carefully plan out your workout days to reap the best benefits. Here are just a few things you should make sure you regularly tick off your fitness checklist.

Get your day off to a dancing start

Dancing is fun, and doing any exercise that you enjoy – and, therefore, are likely to stick with – would bode well for your fitness success. However, you might not have realised that the dancing can start from the moment you wake up… if you set your alarm to music.

Leave music playing and keep dancing to it as you progress through your morning routine, advises Women’s Health – not least because that dancing can kick-start the day’s calorie burn.

Invite someone to join you in your get-fit efforts

Exercising alongside a friend or lover could help you to prevent your motivation flagging, though it could take some effort for you to convince that someone to become your fitness buddy.

Some may feel uncomfortable in the gym without the correct attire so you could try by persuading your workout partner to purchase some activewear from a wide range of tracksuits for men.

Get your diet right

Developing muscle is one of the most obvious signs that an exercise regime is working. Still, your body can’t build that muscle effectively without sufficient supplies of energy and protein, which is why you need to make sure your diet provides these.

Coach advises that, within 15 minutes of finishing a workout session, you eat a snack that is three parts carbohydrate to one part protein.

Go to bed earlier on your most intense workout days

You could find some exercise days more strenuous than others – and, when you do have one of those days, you should settle down to bed at least half an hour earlier than usual.

That’s because your body treats your hours of slumber as an opportunity to produce more tissue-repairing growth hormone which assists your muscles in recovering and strengthening.

Keep looking for new opportunities to take the stairs

In some ways, technology has helped to improve our fitness, such as by providing us with fitness bands and smartwatches like the Apple Watch.

Nonetheless, elevators have a lot to answer for, as they have given many of us less incentive to ascend or descend stairs. Be sure, then, to buck the trend by always taking flights of stairs where you can.

Join a gym – but the right one

Signing up for a gym membership might, on the face of it, seem like an obvious step to take. However, what isn’t always so obvious is exactly what gym you should join.

Fortunately, MyFitnessPal provides various pieces of advice concerning how you can make sure your chosen gym is sufficiently convenient for you and strikes the right vibe.

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