Starting out with exercise
When I started Silvergrey, I was keen for it to be an inclusive brand for everyone. That includes those who don’t currently exercise but are looking to start. The benefits of regular exercise are unquestionable and no one should be daunted from taking up a new exercise routine, regardless of how long it has been since they last trained. The world is full of success stories of those who have done so and changed their lives as a consequence.
There are some very basic steps to help you get started.
1. Decide what it is that you want to do. Pick something that you feel will appeal. It is far easier getting into something that you enjoy
2. Get the right gear. Don’t spend a fortune when you are starting out however invest in comfortable shoes. When choosing clothing get
something you feel comfortable in. You always feel better when wearing something that you look good in.
3. Once started find your exertion level. To get the full benefits from your exercise push yourself until you begin to breath heavily.
4. After completing your exercise, rest for two minutes then measure your heart rate. If finding your pulse make sure you take it accurately. Once you have found your pulse, count the number of beats for a minute. That is called your recovery heart rate. Keep a record
5. Keep a fitness diary. Record what you did, how long you exercised at full exertion level and how long did it take you to recover? Reviewing the recovery heart rate records from each session will soon start to demonstrate the benefits that the exercise is providing.
I deliberately did not include taking body measurements, weight etc. While these are vital tools with which to record progress, my personal view is that when starting out, it is more important in the first few weeks to see the effort being rewarded. It can take a one or two weeks for the weight to start to drop off and because of this jumping on the scales daily can sometimes act as a disincentive.