Thursday, August 14, 2014

Where to begin?

Maybe you have always wanted to lift some weights and gain muscle and strength. But you were busy working and it simply never happened. Or maybe you did some of this training back in your teens or 20's and would like to start up again.

Here are some tips to get you off to a good start.

1. Don't be too aggressive. Lifting heavier weights can hurt you and possibly damage your body. You don't need to rush into anything. Start light and maybe even without weight. Use a book in each hand or a brick, or whatever you have to get moving and acclimate your joints and muscles to this work. Remember Charles Atlas and his dynamic tension?  This was done without any weights, you go through the exercises by adding your own tension to the muscles involved, pretending that you are lifting or moving weight. This may not make large gains but it is a place to start.

2. Set a goal to just DO THE WORK. If you can get through a 20 minute or 30 minute routine 3 or 4 times a week you are on the path to success.

3. Check your progress, by keeping notes of where you are at the start and updating after every workout/ Once you see some progress you will be gratified and motivated.

4. Keep it up. even if you are feeling sluggish and tired, a bit of training will actually revive you. Get through it and see.

Enjoy what you do! Use the mirror and see the results. Just be patient and look towards the goal.

Get healthy. Stick to a lower carb diet by eliminating sugar and most if not all grains. Balance proteins with good fats and lots of vegetables and some fruit. This works.

See   for more diet tips.

Check out this article on the benefits of training for older people.