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Apr 27, 2019 02:49:54

3 principles for working out and getting fit

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Julia Saxena

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Getting fit is one of those things that requires absolute consistency. No shortcuts there.  

I've been hitting the gym now quite regularly (five times a week) and I'm really enjoying it. It's paying off; I feel that I'm getting stronger. 

I hate cardio, so I'm mainly focussing on strength training and high-intensity workouts. Recently, I also started boxing. It's a nice way to change things up a bit, so the routines don't get too monotonous and boring. 

Here are three principles that I follow when it comes to working out:

1. Always start of easy and light 

When I just started to work out, and now when I try out new exercises, I always begin with very light or no weights at all. I want to get the technique right and build capacity before I add more weight. This helps to avoid injuries. 

2. Never miss workouts 

This is super important. I always want to make some progress, even if it's tiny. I'd rather do a super small workout when I'm short on time than miss out altogether. Burpees are my go-to exercise when there's no equipment and time. Working out consistently with the same routine can get boring though. I make a new playlist to get me excited for the gym again. 

3. Only make small increases

Even if it's tempting, I'm not going to add 10 pounds all of a sudden to my bench press just because I feel energized that day. Rather, I increase the weights consistently in small ways, so it always feels easy to achieve. Again, this helps to prevent injuries. 

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    @juliasaxena These are good, commonsense tips for working out.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 27, 2019 08:17:52
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    @juliasaxena what's your program like these days?

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Apr 27, 2019 10:39:23
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      @basilesamel I'm dedicating one day to each body part:
      Monday - Triceps & Chest
      Tuesday - Back
      Wednesday - Legs
      Thursday - Biceps & Shoulders
      Friday - Core
      I end every session with 10 - 15 min high-intensity cardio and stretching.

      Julia Saxena avatar Julia Saxena | Apr 28, 2019 06:19:38
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