Are you just starting workouts at the gym? Here’s a few pieces of advice to help you succeed!
Have the proper equipment
Get good athletic shoes before you workout. Many stores provide an evaluation that will tell you the type of sneaker you should buy based on your gait.
Also, a great workout bra is priceless. You’ll want to control the bounce during those burpees!
If you start to frequent a class that has more specialized equipment, invest in it! Having your own boxing gloves and cycle shoes will really improve your workout and, if you go often, you will get a return on that investment.
Of course, always bring water!
Try different workouts
One of the reasons that you may not have worked out could have been boredom! Doing the same thing repeatedly doesn’t excite your mind or body. Get outside of your comfort zone and try a different exercise class. You may find a new favorite class. There are so many types of workouts available today that you don’t have to do something you don’t like. When you find a class or instructor that you like, you will look forward to going and have more fun in class.
Bring a friend
Have a friend accompany you. Not because of the saying “misery loves company” but for support and accountability. Also, you won’t feel lonely or scared to walk into class the first time. In a good gym, the other members will embrace you and you’ll become friends with them quickly!
Exercise 3 times a week
Often, newcomers to the gym want to go hard and fast by working out 5-7 times a week. I recommend that you begin with an achievable and realistic goal of 3-4 classes per week. Given the complexities of life, work, family, etc., there may be conflicts that prevent your workout. Also, you don’t want to over exercise and hurt yourself or get burned out. If you are occasionally able to get in an extra workout, do it, but set your baseline at three sessions weekly.
Flood your brain with affirmations before and after class
Whoa, if I could get into your brain! Sometimes you are quite mean to yourself, and make yourself feel guilty about going slower than others in class, not working out , not eating right, or weighing too much. Stop that voice! When you workout, first give yourself kudos for even going to the gym—it’s not an easy task to fit in a workout on some days. Or you may not feel like working our and you do it anyway. GO YOU! Then when class is done, tell yourself WAY TO GO for following through and taking care of your health and wellbeing! Be kind to yourself!
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Get clarification on how to properly do an exercise. Ask for a modified exercise because you can’t jump or do a specific movement. Ask about the special event coming up. Trainers at the gym love to engage with you and we are happy to see new faces!