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Questions Every Girl Asks In Their First Months Of Fitness

Questions Every Girl Asks In Their First Months Of Fitness

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Questions Every Girl Asks In Their First Months Of Fitness
Questions Every Girl Asks In Their First Months Of Fitness

In the first part of this series, we addressed common questions that come from women when they first start a new exercise routine.

In this second part we offer advice for the weeks that follow, to help you navigate any fitness questions that might arise during those first few months of your exercise journey. These aren't just for women following our SWEAT training programs but anyone new to fitness and working out! 

Question 1. When is the best time to work out — day or night? 

Is it better to workout in the morning or evening to gain the best results? This is a frequently-asked question that there isn’t a clear answer for; ultimately, you should try to base your decision on what suits you and your lifestyle. 

Working out in the morning  

Morning exercise may be good because it can help you to wake up, as well as have a positive impact on your mindset for the remainder of the day. Getting your muscles moving early on in the day can then lead to improved focus and energy levels. 

You may also prefer to do a morning workout so that unexpected demands don’t pop up later in the day, which can cause you to put off or avoid exercise.

Working out in the afternoon or evening  

Alternatively, if you’re not a morning person you might find that you have more energy and focus to exercise later on in the day. For muscle building, training with weights on an empty stomach can affect energy levels, which is why some people choose to do weights sessions later in the day. If you are considering weight training early in the morning, eating something prior to your session (like a protein smoothie) can help give you the energy you need to get through the workout. 

Instead of focusing too much on what time of day you should workout, put your energy towards establishing a routine and maintaining it. Overall, consistency is what matters for getting the most benefit from a fitness routine. There are so many ways to make time for your workout, it just takes some adjustment and practise to get into a habit. 

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Question 2. Is exercise enough to be healthy?

Regular exercise is a great way to get your health on track. For most women, reaching their fitness goals are a result of living a healthy lifestyle. Exercise is a great start and you don’t have to make drastic changes all at once. Try integrating healthier habits gradually.

As you get more accustomed to your fitness routine, try working towards being more active in your daily life. On top of regular exercise, try to do something small every day to increase your activity levels. It might be taking a longer walk to the bus station, going for a stroll on your lunch break, or taking the stairs instead of the lift — any extra movement during the day can have a range of positive health benefits in the long-run. 

Question 3. How do I stay motivated to workout?

We can’t promise that your fitness journey will always be easy but it will start to feel easier than your very first week. Once you start to feel results and begin to feel stronger, faster and fitter, the benefits of your hard work will become a source of motivation to keep going. 

It’s so important to set goals for yourself regularly, to keep yourself accountable and have something tangible to relate back to.

Keeping this in mind, there will always be moments where you don’t feel like doing exercise — we all have those days sometimes! That is why a strong routine is important. Your aim should be to make fitness time a non-negotiable: block out excuses and show up for yourself, no matter what. 

Find ways to hold yourself accountable: find a fitness buddy, join a group or fitness forum, and schedule your workouts in before your week begins. Also, find something that suits your lifestyle so that you aren’t faced with regular hurdles that might dishearten you and limit your progress.

It may take time and hard work to begin with but eventually it can become part of your life. Even if you don’t feel like getting out of bed early, or getting off the couch to workout, you can begin to crave the feeling of finishing a workout and that will become your motivation. 

Question 4. How long does it take to see results?

We understand that when you start a fitness routine, you want to see results from working out! Here at SWEAT, we encourage taking progress photos. Quite often, it isn’t easy to notice the changes to our bodies over time so putting your monthly progress photos side-by-side is a great way to track this. This can all be done in our SWEAT app.

Unfortunately, results don’t happen overnight and the length of time before you see progress can depend on a variety of personal factors. As mentioned, a consistent routine can help you to reach your goals faster. Eating a healthy, balanced diet is important if you want to improve your fitness, lose weight or simply feel more energised. While exercise is important, good food fuels your body and keeps you going! 

Ultimately, the key to any successful workout routine is to find a fitness style that you enjoy doing and be consistent with it. If you don’t like the exercises you are doing, you won’t commit to it. Often, it can take a little time to find out which training style is right for you, as well as what schedule works for you. Once you find something you love and you regularly choose to make time for it, you may wonder why you didn’t begin sooner!

Do you have more beginner questions? Our SWEAT community can help —join our community to pose your questions and get advice! 

* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.

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