Your first workout can be a bit daunting when you’re really just starting out and you aren’t too sure what you’re doing. What should you do? What should you wear? Are you doing enough? Are you being realistic with your expectations?
I’ve decided to write a quick little guide for you to offer some suggestions about your first workout.
Your First Workout: What You Should Know
- First of all, please remember that everything you do counts. It all adds up so start where you are comfortable, even if it doesn’t feel like you’re doing a lot. It’s a starting point 🙂
- Try to remain realistic with your expectations about your first workout. If it’s been a while since you’ve exercised, getting started might be more challenging than you thought and/or you might not be able to do as much as you have been able to do in the past. And that is completely okay. Whatever you manage, it’s a starting point. Something to build on.
- This is your journey. Try to avoid comparing what you are doing and working toward to what other people are doing.
Your First Workout: What You Should Do
Ideally, something you enjoy! Some great options to get the ball rolling include walking, swimming or one of our workouts of the month. Alternatively, you might like to consider joining an exercise class or working with a personal trainer.
It’s most important that you try to find something you have either enjoyed in the past or something you think you might enjoy. If it turns out you don’t like it, you can always find something different to try next time. It might involve a little bit of trial and error to find your ‘thing’ but we have to start somewhere, right?
Your First Workout: What You Should Wear
There are a few options:
- You can opt for some specific workout clothes. The plus size options are increasing and improving all the time with many brands starting to stock larger sizes. Yay!
- However, it’s absolutely not essential that you wear clothing designed specifically for exercise. Wear whatever you feel most comfortable wearing. Something that you can move freely in and won’t make you too hot.
- If you can, invest in some good runners (unless, of course, swimming is your exercise of choice), ideally fitted by a professional. Ill-fitting shoes can cause dramas down the track. You want to ensure your feet are well supported.
Your First Workout: What Other Stuff You Might Need
What else you might need depends largely on what you decide you’re going to do. Often the top of my list would include water to ensure you remain hydrated, a towel to wipe away any sweat and your favourite music to keep you entertained and motivated as you go.
If you’re not sure what to do or you want to share with us about your awesome first workout, pop on over to our Facebook page for a chat. We’ll see if we can help you find the right option for you to get things underway.