Educate yourself about weight training. Before lifting weights, take the time to read up on the subject or talk to your fitness instructor about the principles behind the routines.
Learn proper techniques. There are ways to lift weights that will yield maximum benefits while minimizing impact and risk of injury. Ask your fitness instructor about which techniques you could use as a beginner.
Limit the number of repetitions you will do. You may be tempted to do multiple sets of a routine in the beginning but you can do with just one set of 12 in the beginning. Wait until you can do this easily then move on to a higher weight when you can already do one set with ease.
Choose the right weight to start with. The right weight would be one that offers just enough resistance that one set of 12 to 15 repetitions is enough to tire your arms.
Start slowly. You don’t need to zip through a whole set quickly, nobody is timing you in weight lifting. Set a comfortable pace and you’ll gradually move on to a faster pace when you’re stronger. Don’t rush into elevating weights as well, again wait until you’re ready before adding more weights to lift.
Don’t overdo it. For most people, weight lifting is ok to be done 2-3 times week. You don’t have to do it every day, in fact it is not recommended to do it every day because you need to give your body time to rest.
Weight training makes it easier for you to do aerobic exercises or other tasks that requires you to use your arms. For instance if you’re the mother of a toddler, you’ll find that your arms won’t feel as tired carrying your child around every day. Weight training is a great way of building stamina and strength, all you have to do is set aside a few minutes a week, making sure to take the necessary precautions in order to tone your body safely.