Health and Fitness Advice

Getting started

Set clear exercise goals, and start with a few basic exercises. It is recommended to start with a full body strength training program, performed 2 or 3 days times per week, or a basic training split (such as upper/lower). Goals should be specific and measurable. Write some long term goals down and develop short term goals that will help you meet them. Day by day, week by week, you can meet these goals. The progress will get addictive! It will help to make notes of how your exercise and nutrition go each day or each week. This can help you chart your progress and easily measure it.

Getting proper nutrition and rest are the other main components of any successful fitness program.

Nutrition

It is possible to prepare healthy meals very cheaply, using staple foods such as beans and rice. There are plenty of “budget recipes” online that are simple to prepare, such as salads, bowls, and quick healthy snacks. Check the price per ounce for each ingredient if possible and figure out what is in your budget. Of course, feel free to modify recipes based on personal taste and/or any food allergies you may have. Gradually replace processed foods with a variety of affordable whole foods.

Recovery Time

It is important to take at least one day off from training each week. A physical activity that is not too taxing, such as walking or stretching, is still fine on days off. Schedule a deload week after every 4-6 weeks, or more frequently if needed, to recover and rebuild. You can use one or more deload protocols or just take an “active rest” week. In either case, focus on mobility work and therapeutic modalities.

Deload protocols include but are not necessarily limited to: less volume (sets / reps), less frequency (training days per week), less intensity (regressions of any kind), less variety (less exercises)

Active rest: ideas include but are not limited to pickup games of your favorite athletic sport, taking a Yoga class, getting in some light walking, and yard work or household chores. If you’re in good physical condition and accustomed to a high workload, you can build up to training 6 days per week while still engaging in an athletic sport. Of course, in this case, it is even more important to pay attention to your body. Get plenty of sleep and quality nutrition.

General Workout Tips

Always make sure to warm up properly.

Wear sneakers and comfortable clothing. Some forms of exercise will require certain apparel. Bring a workout towel with you if needed, and stay hydrated, especially when exercising outside in hot weather.

Safety precautions – these include, but are not limited to, sunscreen or insect repellent spray, having emergency contact info with you at all times, checking safety of training area, practicing situational awareness, adapt training habits and adapting your workout to the weather.

During workouts – 1) Active rest between sets and between exercises. Walk around your training area and/or perform …