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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Lynn chapter.

Has it happened to you that you start to get motivated to exercise, but you don’t even know where to start? You fear going to the gym because the “people who know” will criticize you. Or you barely know how to use the machines available. Then you start thinking of just staying home with YouTube workouts, but you fear this won’t be enough for a “change.” It’s just overwhelming and challenging for you. Don’t worry; now you are in the right place.

First, it’s expected that we all feel this way when we are starting our fitness life. Usually, we fear so many things because it is something new, something we barely know about. Based on this, my first recommendation is to seek a professional trainer. Your first thought might be, “but I don’t want to waste money.” However, your mental and physical health are the two most essential things in life, and you should prioritize them. Google or a friend won’t give you the right advice because they aren’t professionals. It would be best if you had a plan that fits you, your height, your weight, and your goals. 

After seeking professional help, you will be in the right place to learn. Your trainer will be there for you when you need it, but this is the time to soak up all the possible workouts and recommendations. After months, you won’t need them anymore because you will be familiarized with the routines you need and know what changes to make in the future. It is always best to stick with your trainer, but I understand the different circumstances and how this can’t always be possible.

Now, knowing how much exercise you do in a week is very important. We often make the mistake of doing little or too much activity. In a week, it is recommended to go five times a week when you first start. The recommended time is a minimum of one hour. However, some people do less or even more. This all depends on you. With time you will progress to be better. Remember, you need to stay active during the week to see the results you want. 

On the other hand, your diet plays an immense role in your fitness life. Are you aware of the portions you eat? Stay tuned for the following article!

Cinthia is a Sophomore at Lynn University majoring in Graphic Design. Originally from Nicaragua, Cinthia decided to study in the United States while remaining in close proximity to her native country; thus, she chose to pursue her education in Florida. In the future, she aims to represent the visual identity of different brands and organizations. Besides her academic interests, Cinthia enjoys photography and hanging out with friends.