So the new year is already three months underway and you want to start it right by incorporating a new workout regime into your daily life.
There is a lot of conflicting knowledge regarding workout techniques and lifestyle adjustment on the Internet, television, and by word of mouth. This can be discouraging to beginners.
Before you tackle the Student Fitness Center (aka the Rec), it’s important to first establish your goals, how much effort you’re willing to put in, and how much time you have to dedicate to the gym and a healthy lifestyle.
Two routes are generally taken in the workout realm: cardio or weight training. You will hear pros and cons for both.
As a female, you will hear that lifting weights will make you bulky.
As a male, you will hear that running will make you skinny.
Both of those statements are myths, and their invalidity is important to recognize before you start crafting your workout routine.
A balance of both cardio and weightlifting are beneficial for men and women, but even more importantly, the way they are utilized together is the key to maximizing workout results.
Cardio is something that can be done during every workout and should include at least 30 minutes of medium to high intensity exercise each time. Different exercises can include simply jogging on the track (located on the third floor of the Rec), using the elliptical (on a moderate to high level), climbing the Stairmaster, or participating in one of the many group fitness classes the Rec has to offer (“Zumba Toning” and “Cardio Sculpt are especially fun and beneficial classes). Ideally, cardio should be done five times a week.
Next, we have weight training. Later on in this series, we’ll go over specific exercises for each muscle group, however it is important to note now that no more than two muscles groups should be exercised at a time. It is essential to work out this way so the muscles targeted have time to rest later on in the week when other muscles are being worked.
Furthermore, variety in weight training exercise is also necessary to “shock” the muscles and produce maximum results.
Finally, it is imperative for the beginning and experienced exerciser to never forget to take a rest day. Rest days allow muscles to grow and repair and prevent risk for potential injury.
With a little know-how, the Rec isn’t as scary as it seems. Check back every week for detailed tips and tricks on how to tackle your New Year’s goals!