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5 workout tips for a new gym-goer

New gym-goer, here are some tips for you to follow.

health and fitness Updated: Aug 08, 2010 01:28 IST

Keep your body hydrated: Drink water 15-25 minutes before starting your warm up exercises. This will mitigate your chances of getting muscle cramps.

Warm-up and stretching: Warm-up and dynamic stretching is the most important thing before starting any kind of exercise.

Go slow: Don’t over-exert yourself in order to lose flab early. Resist the temptation of lifting weight in the initial days. Go for a higher number of repetitions for the first few times and gradually practice with heavier weights.

Bench pressing: Don’t pick your feet up from the floor when you bench, no matter how others are doing it. Prefer lighter weight so that your feet are always steadily planted.

Cool down: After working out, do cool-down exercises. You need to calm your muscles by repeating some of the stretching exercises in correct order.

(With inputs from fitness expert Kiran Sawhney)