Getting started with exercise?
What should I wear?
You should wear comfortable, moisture wicking clothing and a good pair of athletic shoes (or barefoot for yoga!). PS: Always have a water bottle near by to stay hydrated!
How often and how intense should I be working out?
The CDC recommends 2 1/2 hours or 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (ie: Brisk Walk or hike) a week and two to three strength training sessions a week. You decide how, when, and where! The options are endless. Just get moving!
How do I know if I’m doing it right?
Good form equals good results. Read the instructions we provide, but more importantly, listen to your body.
*Muscle fatigue means “Wow! I’m working hard, I can barely do another rep.”
*Muscle pain means ”Ouch! Something doesn’t feel right.”
Work to muscle fatigue. Never work through muscle pain.
Help! What’s a set?
Here’s some help decoding fitness terms:
- Rep: Short for repetition. The number of times you perform an exercise.
- Set: The number of rounds of repetitions.
- Cardio: It’s heart-pumping exercise that gets you breathing through your mouth, not your nose. The difference between “window shopping and mall walking.”
- Strength Training: Working your muscles. You could be lifting weights, using a resistance band, or doing bodyweight exercises.
- Flexibility: Stretching your muscles and mind-body exercises like yoga
Hi!! I'm Kristin McConnell, creator of Innovative Health & Fitness, I am a wife, mom of two an oil lover, and an educator. I believe health is a multi-faceted journey that I approached holistically. Therefore, as a personal trainer, health coach, wife, mother, lover of nature, all to help live a more abundant life.