To a lot of people who want to lose weight, the most common thinking is that it can be done quickly. They try to finish the routines as quickly as possible, they try to do high impact exercises outright, they do repetitions as many as they can even if the proper execution is compromised. However, it is not that easy. You really have to pace yourself when exercising. We have different limitations and capabilities. It doesn’t mean that they can do it and so do you. Let me share some of my experiences.
Let’s say you’re following a workout video. If you’ll notice, almost all of them are already fit. They are slim and fairly muscular. If you are obese and are starting out this new workout video, it would be unrealistic for you to follow their fast-paced routines. If it’s your first time, do not expect to do 20 pushups on the fly. Pace yourself. Do it slowly but the important thing is that you do it properly.
When we say do it properly, when it comes to exercise routines especially strength training, it means that your body should be in the correct position when working out. Here are some examples. If you are doing pushups, make sure your body is straight. Don’t bend on your waist. Look straight. Do not tuck your chin or look upward. This will focus the workout on your chest.
When doing bicep curls, do not swing your arms. Your biceps should be the ones that are lifting the dumbbells. If you swing your arms, it’s the momentum of your arms and gravity that does the work. Even if you do 40 or 50 of them, it’s not as effective as doing it 12 times with proper form. But always remember; do not push yourself too much. If you can only do 6 or so, then stop. If you can’t lift your arms anymore, stop. You’ll improve in no time.
If you are having trouble following through with an exercise routine because it’s too hard for you and you get short-winded easily, modify the routine. If it requires you to jump, then try tapping your foot instead. If you need to run, just walk quickly. If it’s too heavy, then lighten the weight. This should keep you on your pace while following through the exercise routine.
Recovery is also very important. Do not do 10 routines consecutively. Take short breaks between them. You can even take very short breaks while on the routine itself. For example, you’re working out your abs and you need 30 sit-ups. On the 20th, try to sit straight first and relax then go right back and finish the 21st to the 30th repetition. Drink water or an energy drink to freshen you up. Losing weight isn’t achievable overnight. You can’t just expect to lose 50 pounds in 4 or 5 days. It takes time so pace yourself. Do not hurry it up. You’ll improve as you continue workout out. Patience is the key.