How To Start Working Out in 2023
In episode 1, I wrote a post about how to lose weight.
Well this post covers everything that you need to have and know before you can start working out.
It covers everything from, what you need to know, what you need to do, and the type of equipment that is recommended for you by fitness experts before you start working out.
Before I knew anything about fitness and working out, I was very overweight.
I struggled to lose weight and fat for over 2 years until I decided that enough was enough. While being overweight, I was always miserable and depressed.
This caused me to spend nights and days researching for the right weight & fat loss information online.
After I found the right information on how to lose weight, types of diets, workouts, etc.
I was too overwhelmed because I didn’t know how to apply the information!
So if you are someone who wants to start working out to lose weight, but does not know where to start, then this post is for you.
I am going to explain how you are going to use the “how to lose weight” information on episode 1 and apply it to start your weight loss journey.
This post will cover the following:
- What you need to know about your body before you start working out
- Fitness equipment & accessories you need to start working out
- Where to buy the fitness equipment
So grab your snacks and drinks while reading this post, as it’s going to be a very long $ informational post.
What you need to know about your body before working out
Before you start working out, you need to know what you are working towards.
For some it might be to lose weight, some to lose fat, and for some to gain weight or muscle.
Whatever your body goal is, you need to understand what your body requires before you can even begin working out.
Once you understand what your body needs, it will be easier for you to reach your body goals.
With that being said, here’s what you need to know about your body before you start working out:
- Your weight
- Body fat percentage
- Waist and Hip circumference
Knowing these will help you to work towards your body goals with a clear picture of what you are supposed to do.
When you know the above-mentioned measurements about your body, you have a high chance of succeeding in reaching your body goals.
Type of fitness equipment and accessories you need
To know your body measurements, you need a few fitness accessories and equipment.
The equipment and accessories you need to get started on your weight or fat loss journey are:
Here is how you will use the fitness equipment and accessories to start your journey
You will need a bathroom scale to measure your body weight.
The bathroom scale tells you how much your body weighs or how heavy it is.
Knowing your body weight will stir you in the right direction of reaching your body goals.
This will alert you on how much weight you are supposed to lose, gain, or maintain.
With so many different bathroom scales on the market, it’s hard to choose the right one for you.
Below are three different scales that I recommend for you:
Etekcity Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale Review
The Etekcity Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale is a great choice for a bathroom scale due to its accurate reading.
You get the same reading over and over despite how many times you step on it.
The maximum human weight capacity that the scale can handle is up to 180kg (400 pounds)
It has a life long battery that can last you for an entire year without needing to change the batteries. The scale is easy to calibrate & the blue LED backlight makes the number very easy to see.
Why I like the Etekcity Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale
What I like about the Etekcity Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale is how accurate and consistent it is.
I tested it numerous times, on different days and it kept on giving the same reading. The design of the scale is also very sturdy and well built.
The one thing I did not like about the Etekcity Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale
The only thing I do not like is that the design is glass. So it will require you to clean it every time you use the scale if you are a clean freak.
Overall, I highly recommend the Etekcity Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale. It is a good scale and fulfills its promises.
RENPHO Bluetooth Body Fat Scale Review
The RENPHO Bluetooth Body Fat Scale is another great choice because of its user-friendly Bluetooth app that makes it easy to read your progress data.
The screen displays your weight while the Bluetooth data displays your BMI, Body composition, and Body fat percentage.
The data records all the progress that you have made and automatically simplifies everything for you.
The scale syncs perfectly with Fitbit. You will just need to download the RENPHO app in Apple Store/Google Play.
After downloading the app, You will need to enter the settings page. There you will find a button that you just click and then the data will be synced to Fitbit easily.
The maximum capacity the scale can hold is up to 180kg ( up to 400 pounds).
The scale comes with auto-calibration, so you won’t need to manually calibrate it.
Why I like the RENPHO Bluetooth Body Fat Scale
What I like about The RENPHO Bluetooth Body Fat Scale is how easy it is to set up.
I didn’t have to go through various Bluetooth pairing processes with this scale. Once I put the batteries in and created a profile in the RENPHO app, it found the scale automatically.
The one thing I did not like about the RENPHO Bluetooth Body Fat Scale
The only thing I don’t like about the scale is that it doesn’t visually display any other measurement besides your weight on the scale, but that info can be collected in the app.
Overall, the RENPHO Bluetooth Body Fat Scale is too affordable for the amazing job it does. The weight & body fat readings it gives are always accurate.
It’s a must-have!
InBody H20N: Smart Body Composition Bluetooth Scale Review
This Inbody H20N Bluetooth Scale from amazon is on my recommended list of the best scales due to its in-depth Body composition analysis.
The analysis records your amount of water in the body, protein, minerals, Body fat mass, weight, skeletal muscle, BMI, and Body fat percentage.
It also records how much muscle and fat you have on your left arm compared to your right.
There’s also an analysis of the amount of fat you have on your belly, so you know exactly how much amount of fat you have to lose around your belly to get your abs to finally show.
After recording your body analysis, it also gives you the ratio of how many health points you have out of 100.
The higher the points, the leaner and healthier you are going to be.
Life is made much easier with this scale as it gives you a full-body diagnostic that would cost you an arm and a leg if you were to do a clinical body analysis.
Its maximum weight capacity is around 180kg (400 pounds).
Why I like the InBody H20N Body Composition Scale
I like the fact that the scale gives you graphical data of your analysis.
It gives you a comparison of your previous data along with the current one to show how much progress you have made.
The recording of the data is also very accurate. A total mind-blowing experience!
The one thing I did not like about the RENPHO Bluetooth Body Fat Scale
The only thing I don’t like about the scale is that it is a bit costly. If your budget is low, this is not an option for you.
Despite its costly price, this is the best body scale you will ever have. The in-depth body composition analysis is what really makes the scale to stand out.
So if you are someone who really wants to know your entire body analysis, then this is the scale for you.
Body Fat Caliper
Now that you know which type of scale you must buy to measure your weight, you will need to also measure your body fat.
Body fat is the amount of fat you are carrying on your body when we remove muscle, water, bones, etc.
It is the true indication of how fat or fit you are.
Knowing your body fat will help to eliminate the guess work of how much you are progressing when working out because knowing your body weight only doesn’t tell the full story of your progress.
There are many methods you can use to measure body fat.
Most are very expensive & most are very cheap.
The cheaper option that you can use to know your body fat that I recommend for you is a Body Fat Caliper.
This is a device that you use to manually check the amount of fat you have on your body aka Body Fat Percentage.
As I have explained, Body Fat is nothing but the amount of fat you have on your body compared to muscle.
Knowing your body fat will help you a great deal on how much amount of fat you are supposed to target or how much muscle you are supposed to maintain or gain.
Getting a body fat caliper is the best cheapest option.
The only downside of it is that you will have to manually measure yourself, and if you don’t use the same spot to measure all the time, your readings may be inaccurate.
Besides that, I recommend it to you if your budget is low.
Below are two different Body Fat Calipers I recommend for you:
Accu-Measure Body Fat Caliper Review
The Accu-Measure Body Fat Caliper is a caliper that you will use to measure and know your body fat percentage.
The caliper is highly accurate considering its cheap price and ease of use. It has an accuracy reading of 1% compared to a BodPod.
The caliper comes with an instruction card for measuring which makes things to be easier. Although the instructions are provided, you will need to search on YouTube for a more in-depth “How to”.
Its only downside is that the caliper itself is plastic, so do not apply too much pressure as it will hurt.
Overall it is a good caliper to use at your own comfort. If you can’t afford the expensive InBody H20N Scale, then this is a good option for you.
Fat Measure Caliper Review
The last caliper I recommend is the Fat Measure Caliper. This is the cheapest caliper compared to the Accu-measure, but it offers the same benefits.
It measures consistently and is easy to read. The quality is also good for the price. The Fat Measure Caliper allows you to measure progress or lapses since it consistently gives the same reading back to back.
This will help you to track your health as you work out. If your mission is to take your body fat to the next level while at home, this is the product for you.
The caliper is small, light, and fits in your gym bag perfectly, allowing you to take it with you anywhere.
It is made of durable plastic construction.
The only downside of it is that you might need someone else to help you take the measurements.
I recommend it if you are looking for a product that will not take a toll on your pockets while it delivers on its promises.
It comes with helpful instruction and a body fat measurement chart to help you know how you are progressing.
The last measurements you now need to know are your height, waist, and hip circumferences.
Knowing your height will help you to use the calorie calculator below this article to estimate the number of calories your body needs to lose, gain, or maintain weight.
Stating the obvious, you will need a body measuring tape for your waist and hip ratio measurements to see how you are progressing.
Below is the body and height tape you will need.
- Win Tape Measure
WIN Tape Measure Review
This retractable tape is perfect for the body, clothes, waist, hip, thigh, chest, neck, etc measurements.
It has a rope that is 16cm long. It is double-sided so that you can use your preferred measurement method. 1 side of the tape is 205 cm and the other is 80 inches.
It retracts easily and you can take it with you anywhere as it easily fits in a pocket and bag.
That’s it. That’s all you need to know to start working out.
Your weight, body fat, waist, and hip circumferences are the only things that you need to know to start your fitness journey properly.
Once you know where you are heading, it is easy to stay motivated, disciplined and consistent.
I hope this post has helped you & cleared all the questions you might have had.
That’s the end of this episode.
On episode 3, I will be discussing what calories are.
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