Tips for a beginner

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    Aug 14, 2013 2:52 PM GMT
    Hey guys!

    So, I've always been someone more intellectually focused, but I want to start taking the time to build my body as I build my mind. I'm not in terrible shape, and I fit pretty well into my BMI, but I want to get toned and build endurance for running, swimming, etc.

    Any tips for a beginner on how to get started in exercise or dieting?
  • Destinharbor

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    Aug 14, 2013 3:22 PM GMT
    Hard to say. If it is endurance you're after, and tone, stick to cardio and doing the swimming and running you're working on. In the gym, do light weights/high reps, not strength work. Diet? You may need the carbs for endurance that cause fat for most of us. Just stay with high protein as well and watch you body fat % rather than BMI. BMI really doesn't measure much of anything.
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    Aug 14, 2013 3:49 PM GMT
    If you're just starting, you just need to get used to actually making this a habit. Find whatever activity you enjoy, and keep doing it to start. Then, you can modify and add things later.

    Like to run? Go do that.
    Like to Swim? Go do that.
    Like to do zumba? Go do that.

    Just get moving and be curious about what else you can do.
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    Aug 14, 2013 5:28 PM GMT
    matt45710 saidIf you're just starting, you just need to get used to actually making this a habit. Find whatever activity you enjoy, and keep doing it to start. Then, you can modify and add things later.

    This is the best advice. The most important thing is to develop discipline. Find out what helps you to be disciplined. For me, home workouts are a failure, and gym workouts are successful. For others its just the opposite. I need to schedule the time, and commit to a minimum number of visits per week. You've probably heard the Woody Allen quote, 90% of life is just showing up. It is so true. For me, if I just show up at the gym the rest falls into place. You can work out the details later.

    As for your workouts, be sure to take it slow and not to hurt yourself. Get some hands-on guidance if you can. Check out the articles on this site.
  • MikeW

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    Aug 14, 2013 6:02 PM GMT
    As someone who was never into physical stuff, I agree with matt45710. Whatever you enjoy doing, do more of that and just keep expanding the range of things you enjoy. Be willing to try anything and keep at it if you like it.

    As for body building, that requires some form of resistance training or weight lifting. When you have the money, hire a personal trainer and have him show you the right moves and form for your goals. Then just push yourself to and beyond those goals and set new ones. The body is amazingly adaptive provided you challenge it intelligently and give it the nourishment and recovery time it needs to adapt.
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    Aug 14, 2013 10:12 PM GMT
    hja2012 saidHey guys!

    So, I've always been someone more intellectually focused, but I want to start taking the time to build my body as I build my mind. I'm not in terrible shape, and I fit pretty well into my BMI, but I want to get toned and build endurance for running, swimming, etc.

    Any tips for a beginner on how to get started in exercise or dieting?


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