When done properly, working out can lead to many health benefits. Studies have shown that working out reduces the risk of heart disease, reduces stress, lowers the odds of developing depression, and more. However, even the simplest of exercises have the potential to be dangerous if done improperly.

Warm Up & Cool Down

Most experts recommend a ten minute warm up period before exercising and a ten minute cool down period after exercising. Warming up gradually gets your cardiovascular system going and helps to increase blood flow to your body’s muscles. We recommend that your warm up focuses on the muscles you plan to work out. For example, if you plan on going for a run, your warm up should focus on moving your legs. A warm up should be intense enough to cause slight sweating but it should not be so intense as to leave you feeling fatigued.

Start Small

If you are not accustomed to working out on a regular basis, you don’t want to start out doing something crazy like five sets of 100 push ups. You will likely be capable of doing 100 push ups after you have been working out for a while but it’s best to start small and gradually increase the difficulty. Just listen to your body. As you begin to feel like the workout has become less challenging, it’s likely time to increase the difficulty.

Stay Hydrated

In most cases, drinking plenty of water throughout your workout should do just fine. However, if you plan on working out for longer periods of time or you’ll be working out in a hot and humid environment where you are likely to sweat a lot, you may want to consider a sports drink. A good sports drink will not only hydrate you but also help to replenish your electrolytes and carbohydrates.

If you are ready to start working out but you are not exactly sure where to begin, you may want to consider trying out PumpFit Club. At PumpFit, we offer a variety of fitness classes which are designed to be inclusive to anyone regardless of workout experience, fitness level, or age. Our coaches will help you work out safely and effectively with our unique individualized group training style. Call us today and ask about trying a free class.