Who hasn’t gained a few pounds this past year?
As the new year rolls around, many people will once again choose losing weight as a resolution.
But sticking to that resolution is the real trick.
Here are a few tips to help you achieve your goals and live a healthier lifestyle.
Take it slow
The reason why most people give up is they try to do too much only to end up sore for days, and while people have good intentions, their mindset may be to blame, according to Lisa McNeil, fitness manager at Riverside Wellness and Fitness Center in Newport News.
Overtraining can also cause injury or burnout. You should feel a little sore after a workout but not pain.
Talk to your Doctor
If this isn’t your first attempt at weight loss, it may be time to talk to your doctor. They can perform a health check up to make sure you are healthy enough to return to the gym and give you a realistic goal in terms of your body mass index (BMI).
Remember to stretch
Why do you feel sore after a workout? The muscles are performing activities they do not normally do. Stretching before and after working out plus drinking water is a good way to help your muscles heal quicker afterward. Increasing your flexibility through stretching will help with blood circulation, according to Shape.com.
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Keep your motivation
Accountability. McNeil said a big trend: People new to working out or those who have not worked out in a long time are looking for personal trainers. If you can’t afford a personal trainer, then working out with a friend is also a great way to help each other be accountable and remain motivated.