It’s 2017 and you’re ready to get fit and have fun but sometimes the gym can be overwhelming – “Where do I start?”
I totally understand, it took me a while to learn my way around a gym and discover the best workout for the results I desire.
Don’t be intimated gym buddy, here are some awesome ways to get started without feeling like a fish out of water:
- Know your body and what level of fitness you’re at – CONGRATS, you’re reading this article right now which means you’re in the right frame of mind, which is about 70% of the battle. But it’s always a good idea to know the limits of your body. Try testing yourself, for example, see how many push-ups you can do or see how long it takes you to walk a mile on the treadmill. It’s a lot easier to stay motivated when you know where to start.
2. Now that you know your limits, DON’T OVERDO IT! – not only can lifting weights that are too heavy for you injure you but it can also make you REALLY sore. If you tend to be hard on yourself, not being able to do the exercises you want to can really bring you down. Remember, achieving your fitness goals is not a marathon, no one can spend a month in the gym and leave looking like Arnold.
3. WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN!!! – I know, it can be a pain, I felt the same way until a trainer at the gym finally convinced me to map out my workouts and WOW, it really works. You don’t have to spend time contemplating what body part you want to workout or what machine you want to use. Instead, you walk into the gym in full beast mode ready to attack your workout. I also find that it holds you accountable. When you see it on paper you almost HAVE to do it and trust me that extra push will come in handy.
4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help – Whether you need someone to spot you or you aren’t quite sure what to do with kettle balls, the best and SAFEST thing to do is just ask. Most fellow gym-goers and gym employees are more than happy to help, plus you might just make a new friend. Some food for thought: every top athlete in the world has a coach.
5. Set ACHIEVABLE goals – it’s so much easier to set smaller goals, plus once you accomplish it, you are going to be one confident person. For example, instead of focusing on weight loss, set a goal to do 50 push-ups by the end of the month. Here’s the thing, once you start setting and achieving your fitness goals you will SEE and FEEL the results and you won’t have to focus so much on weight, which can be deceiving. This can also help you when it comes to healthy eating. Focus on breaking habits instead of eliminating things from your diet. Sticking to your health plan is a fierce mental game and you’re going to WIN!
Since we are now gym buddies, if you have any questions please leave them in the comments below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my best to help equip you with everything you need to be a better you in 2017!