Categories: Motivation
Tags: fitness

14 fitness tips every beginner should swear by

December 14, 2017

With the new year just around the corner, it’s time to start committing to your New Year’s Resolutions, fitness goals, and big dreams. Whether you want to join a gym, run a half marathon, or attempt your first hot yoga class, the possibilities are endless – which means they can also be overwhelming. Fortunately, the Polar Ambassadors are here to help. Read on for their best advice for fitness newbies, veterans, and everyone in between.

“Have patience. Rome wasn’t built in a day, right? Make small goals, medium goals, and ultimate goals. And remember that it’s a work in progress. Even when I’ve hit my ultimate goals in the past, there’s always something new to try and strive for.” –Angela Marchetti, Polar M200 user from Bridgeport, CT

“Don’t start out too hard. Things take time. If you commit to training properly, you’ll see results – and that includes your diet as well.” –Keith Elisberg, Polar V800 and M430 user from Fort Lee, NJ

“Building up your aerobic capacity can take years. Don’t be discouraged by that, but know that every run over 20 minutes is going to help – and it does get easier.” –Calum Neff, Polar M430 and V800 user from Katy, TX

“You may be uncomfortable, and you’ll probably be sore, but I promise at the end of your workout, you’ll feel like a million bucks.” –Alina Stricker, Polar M600 user from Orlando, FL

“No matter what your mind says, never quit.” –Darryl Miller, Polar M200 user from West Chester, OH

“Workouts don’t have to be in a gym! Find something you truly enjoy doing. Hiking, biking, swimming, and walking are all great forms of cardio.” –Franklin Antoian, Polar V800 user from Delray Beach, FL

“Create a set of goals, but be flexible about your methods. Whatever your reason for finding fitness, make sure you’re clear on what you want to accomplish, and set an execution plan. If you fail, try again, but in a different way.” –Adina, Polar M600 user from New York, NJ

“One step at a time. Be patient with your journey. Forgive yourself when you mess up, and love yourself when you succeed.” –Katie Nelson, Polar A360 user from Lombard, IL

“Be consistent. Even if you don’t feel like you’re making progress toward your goal, keep doing what you’re doing. Even if you need to work at a lower intensity or for less time, it’s important that you don’t stop altogether. Progress happens over months and years.” –Sean Terwilliger, Polar M400 and M600 user from Dallas, TX

“Start small, but stick with it, and make it a habit to do all the time. And change up your routine so it doesn’t get boring.” –Brian Manners, Polar V800 user from Robbinsville, NJ

“Train off heart rate and watch your body slowly become more efficient! For example, beginners can strive to run a faster mile with a lower heart rate as time goes on.” –André Slay, Polar V800 user from Little Rock, AR

“Don’t stop when you don’t see change. Change takes time. It won’t be easy.” –BreAnn Schaefer, Polar M600 user from Port Matilda, PA

“Find something you enjoy. There are so many fitness-related things to choose from. Try all of them until you find the ones you enjoy.” –Mindy Artze, Polar A370 user from St. Petersburg, FL

“Start slow. If you’re starting up a running or jogging routine, it should be a short distance or amount of time, like a 10- to 15-minute walk and jog. Then slowly increase your effort every other day. This will help you get in a session that you can successfully complete while also giving you a boost to get out and do it again the next time. This also applies if you’re going to the gym to start a fitness routine: lighter weights, shorter sessions to start, and build off that.” –Dave Burgess, Polar V800 user from Colorado Springs, CO