Is your plan to get into better shape for 2016? Awesome! Here are five things you’ll want to keep in mind as you get jacked or lose weight or just get off of your duff and kill time by lifting weights:
1. Get Your Rest!
When you skimp out on sleep you screw up your body’s recovery. Not great if you enjoy doing things like not getting injured! Aim for 7-9 hours. And shut down your phone or tablet an hour before hitting the sack. The blue light from those devices messes with your sleep.
2. Start With 3 Days Per Week!
Ever heard the expression “it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” That’s what weight training is all about. You need time to achieve your goals. Plus, overtraining can lead to injury. Space it out by starting with three days of training per week and adding days as you progress.
3. Drink Water! Drink Water! Drink Water!
Aim to consume half of your body weight in ounces. The reason? Dehydration can screw with your stamina and strength. Tea, juice, and coffee count as well, but water is your best bet — which is void of additives like sugars or artificial sweeteners.
4. Don’t Lift Heavy Weight!
Not at first, anyway. Start with light weights and make sure your body feels okay before you start to push your limits.
5. Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself!
Getting the body you want or the strength you desire takes TIME, DEDICATION, and THE RIGHT PLAN. So if you’re planning to get as strong as Serena Williams in a month or two, it’s not going to happen. However, if you want to look like her in a year, make smaller goals in between so you can reward yourself as you make your way toward your end game.
6. Gear Up!
You don’t need to wear designer apparel, but take care of your feet and be comfortable. When you’re comfortable you’re more likely to continue with something — even when you’re dog tired after a hard training session! Your shoes, especially, are critical. Whether you wear running shoes or cross trainers, find a pair of shoes that will absorb the pounding and punishment so your footsies don’t have to.