Recently, a famous Indian comedian suffered a heart attack while working out at the gym. Many people quickly speculated that actually exercising is the reason why people are getting heart attacks. Many people believe that exercising is harming the body and could kill the person. People also blame gyms for all the deaths of “fit” people. The heading maybe shocking to you, but that’s what people started believing.
This blog is not to justify any stance, but to provide you with a quick guide on things you should consider before starting any workout routine. If you can follow these simple things, your workout session will automatically become safe and enjoyable.
1: Consult a doctor
Whether you are new to workout or if you are starting after a while, It is advisable to consult a doctor. A doctor will check your physical condition and will guide you accordingly. Sometimes, we become a doctor ourselves and ignore things happening to our bodies. You can also get some tests done, and that will tell you more about physical conditioning. It’s better to know about yourself before starting any workout routine.
2: Decide what you want to do
FGW never recommend you to follow any regimen blindly. It’s about your health, and you are the one who knows better what you will like and what not. I can tell you to go to the gym and lift weights, but you may or may not like that. So, sit down peacefully and ruminate on the routine that you can follow on a regular basis. Never follow anything that you see online. It’s better to decide yourself, or you can ask an expert.
Make sure you decide at what time you will be able to follow that routine and how much time are you willing to spend. You will see great results in yourself if you can show consistency and sincerity.
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I think this is the most important point for the beginner. Before starting any workout, make sure you are doing it under proper guidance. Trust me, you cannot learn exercises by watching videos. You need proper knowledge and guidance and for novices hiring a trainer is the best option.
While hiring a trainer, make sure your trainer is certified. In India, there are gyms around every corner and in those gyms, there are multiple trainers. Many of those trainers are not even certified. An uncertified trainer will not only misguide you but can harm you and your health. Even if the trainer is certified, go ahead and ask questions. Asking questions is not bad, and it will tell you how much the trainer knows.
I am not mentioning this specifically for the gym. But, even if you are joining any Yoga classes, Zumba classes or any specific Sport. Make sure you do it under-trained professionals.
At the gym, I have a bad reputation among some trainers. They try to sell me their training, but I don’t want it. I once hired a certified trainer, and he taught me a lot. With a proper trainer, you can learn apposite posture of exercises, plans & meals.
A good trainer may be exorbitant, but it’s better to pay to the trainer than to the hospitalFGW
4: You are special
If you are new to the workout (or any other routine) or if you are starting after a while. You need to start slow. This is something I wish someone had told me in 2016 when I first joined the gym. I had the fire to do everything at once to get instant results, I was so wrong. Remember, you can’t learn everything in one day. You can’t do everything in one day. You need not compete with anyone. Your biggest competitor is you and you only.
You are very special, and you need not to prove anything to anyone. Every day, you challenge your limits, and you achieve your own personal goals.
Never skip warm-up before any exercise session and Cool-down after that session. Lucky for you, I have blogs on that.FGW
5: Stop and listen to your body
Always listen to your body. Your body has endless potential, but it’s not invincible. It’s better to listen to your body. If you’re exhausted during a workout, stop immediately. Take a deep breath, drink some water and sit peacefully. You can do exercise for a longer duration with consistent training and under guidance. If you’re doing a low-intensity workout like yoga, stop when you feel discomfort.
So, that’s it for this week’s blog. If you follow these things, then you have nothing to worry about. Remember, workout in moderation and listening to your doctor is always advisable. Don’t think that people get heart attacks randomly. Our bodies start giving us signals weeks ago. We should never ignore them. Heart issues can be avoided with timely treatment. Be smart, Be safe.
Check out this blog of mine to know about signs that you should never ignore about your body.
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