Lifting weights have shown a number of benefits from weight loss, disease prevention, heart health, blood sugar control and balance. Although you may know the benefits, you may find it hard to stick to a weight lifting routine, if you are a beginner. Here are 4 rules you should follow if you’re a beginner to lifting weights.
Give yourself time to adjust – You may have done your first weightlifting routine and felt fatigue and soreness. This is normal when lifting weights and after a few sessions, you will become more stable and coordinated. You will also feel less soreness after each session.
Soreness does not always mean effectiveness – Some people may feel less soreness, however, this does not mean that they have not had a quality workout. Concentrate on your form and increasing your weights over time and you will be able to reach your long-term goals.
Diet is key – It important that you don’t sabotage your efforts by eating a bad diet. Diet is key to give your body the fuel to rebuild your muscles. Concentrate on getting sufficient protein and avoid processed foods.
Slow it down – A new routine is best done; slowly, so that you understand proper technique and avoid injury. Look at exercises that concentrate on the main muscle groups to get the maximum out of your workouts.