Starting is never easy

So, about a week ago I started going to the gym. Well, at the moment I’m simply a guest. Previous gym experience turned horrific, then terrible and I’m still recovering from that.

But, nevertheless, I’m training again. At the same time, I have resumed my jogging; shorter distance though due to the merger of the gym.

What I once again notice is that starting and stopping is never a good idea. The whole point of starting is to tone my legs, flatten my tummy and create endurance in running. The ultimate result would be me entering into a race in the next 6 months or so.

Been doing some flatter kicks which are wonderful. The oblique crunches and Russian twist, along with the side raises on the other hand have my rib section in a state that I just can’t laugh too hard at the moment. My muscles are still getting used to the re-introduction of exercise. My legs however, seem to be enjoying the exercise. They are more used to activity as I walk a lot. Even when I was taking a break from jogging, I still walked about 3km a day.

As for the treadmill, that is an issue that I’m yet to figure out. I’m more of a road runner. I’m more comfortable running out there. So, I’m currently doing a fast-paced walk on it. Is it just me or running on the treadmill makes me feel as though I’m about to fall? Then again, fear and I are not strangers.

One thing you do need to remember however when you start training for anything is that you need to hydrate. I can’t stress this enough. Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate. Always have a bottle of water with you. Fruit infusions are good and healthier than energy drinks. Water is even better. If you are using supplements with your training do make it a point that you drink at least 2litres of water per day so that your supplements can function at their best.

It’s not easy in the beginning but pace yourself and soon the body will begin responding as you expect it to. 6 weeks later you’ll start seeing visible results towards your set goal. Don’t give up.

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