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Ariana Leonard, ACSM, CPT
Starting a Fitness Routine? Here’s What You Need To Know: Part 2
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Starting a Fitness Routine? Here’s What You Need To Know: Part 2

In part 1, we talked about common side effects you may experience during and after exercise. How your body responds to exercise helps you decide what is the best fitness routine to meet your needs. Positive results let you know what is working, and keep you motivated. The negative results provide valuable feedback as to what is not working so you can make the appropriate changes towards designing a more effective routine.

To help you stay on track, here are five results you may experience when starting a fitness routine:

You may notice aches and pains in your joints. Now that you are exercising, the muscles and joints may become inflamed and pre-existing issues such as arthritis and the buildup of scar tissue can become irritated. It is important to identify the cause of the pains and incorporate the appropriate exercises, stretches, and recovery measures into your routine. Make sure that your routine is helping resolve issues and work through or around any underlying issues.

You may not lose weight and may even gain weight at first. Many people are discouraged to discover that maintaining or gaining weight is very common in the first few weeks and months of a fitness routine. Your clothes may fit better even if the scale is not moving, so try tracking your progress though pictures and measurements and give your body time to adjust to the changes in your metabolism, food intake, and exercise.

An increase in your energy level is one of the best results of starting a fitness routine. This boost of energy makes it easier to stay active throughout the day, in turn burning more calories and allowing you to perform effective workouts.

Better sleep is a huge upside to starting a fitness routine. We fall asleep quicker, sleep longer, and generally experience better quality of sleep. The physical fatigue from an exercise routine and the reduction in stress and anxiety lends itself to a better night’s rest.

You may see positive changes to your emotional well-being. Clients often express immediate feelings of satisfaction and happiness after working out and over the long-term, report fewer symptoms of chronic anxiety and depression. The overall improvement in mood and ability to better handle stress is a result that’s influential in helping clients stick to their new routine.

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