Before you cut carbs and start pulling the heaviest weights you can, you need to think about what you want from your fitness plan. It doesn’t have to be complicated or overwhelming; it is just something to get you started.
Here are a few things to think about:
One of the problems that most people face is that they decide they want to work out seven days a week, and really go hard. The enthusiasm is great, but it isn’t a sustainable plan in the early days. Instead, take a look at what you can realistically commit to. Five or six days will likely become the standard, but if three days is your maximum, then go with it.
Full or Groups?
Either way, you are going to get results, but think about if you would prefer to work out full body or groups a few times a week. When you start out, it is usually better to take a whole-body approach, which will give you the strength to work for individual groups at a later date. When it comes to weight loss, the more muscles you use per session, the better. For building muscles, single group routines are likely to be better for you.
Resting is important when you start working out. It is during the rest period that your muscles recover and grow. This goes for days off, and for the rest spaces between reps. Giving yourself enough time to recover between workout days and reps will decrease the risk of injury.
It is important that you stack the right things together. A variety of movements that work the muscles from a range of angles is the best idea. This will help the entire muscle group get worked. When looking to build muscle, you are likely to add more barbell compound movements; however, when looking to drop pounds, you’re probably going to add more cardio into your workouts.
When you commit to change your body and how you use it, you need to be equally committed to your fuel. The food you eat will have a direct impact on how your body responds to the exercises. If you are taking it seriously, you will slowly cut out food that adds calories to your diet that aren’t going to be well used. Building muscle takes a large chunk of protein in your diet, so you will need to spend some time working out the right amount of grams per day for you.
Your body uses a lot of protein in daily processes, and then in the days following an intense workout will break down even more. There are several ways that you can counteract that.
It comes down to smart eating.
When creating your fitness plan, think about your end goals, and build something into your life that works for you and your life. Be realistic, and don’t consider a bad day a failure – but rather, it is a place that you can improve from.