Everybody starts at the same place, we all take our first step into a gym at some time. However, we all seem to forget just how daunting it can be. Try to remember that day when you first decided to “go to the gym”, when you walked in and you felt like everybody was looking at you, even though they weren’t! Then remember what you saw, a room full of people who all seemed to know what they were doing, and an array of machines, contraptions and weights that looked completely alien even after an induction.
We’ve all done this, and then moved on, finding an exercise or class that we enjoy, and forgetting just how daunting gyms can be to newbies. There are however some steps that you can take to try and alleviate any worries or concerns that you may have prior to going to the gym.
Gyms are not for everyone. It would be wrong to suggest that they are. Some people prefer to run the roads or parks of their local neighbourhood, or play football for example. Before you dismiss anything though, it would always be wise to try it. A gym day pass or flexible gym membership allows you to do this without having to commit to a monthly subscription, then, if it turns out they are not for you, there is no great loss or soul searching as your find yourself with an annual membership but no inclination to go. These passes allow you to look behind the mystique and see whether or not training in a gym is the right exercise for you. If it is, here are some good ways to get started.
You might think yes immediately, but think, are you? A good indicator is whether you have been exercising consistently for 6 months or less. If this is the case, then it is safe to suggest that you are indeed a beginner.
Find an exercise that engages with you and heightens your interest, plus targets your specific and longer term goals. Using a daily gym pass will have allowed you to try lots of things and this will help you decide on an exercise or set of goals.
You may think that goals vary, but in reality they all are based around a common desire, to get more engaged with exercise, to improve your levels of fitness and coordination, capacity and subsequent recovery and to become a healthier individual. From there, you can build on these basic levels of strength and fitness and continue on your journey.
With your goals and preferred form of exercise chosen, you should follow some simple tips. Exercise frequently, 2-3 times per week; try and incorporate all areas of your body into a routine; do not attempt too much variety, as this may be disheartening or off putting, and at first stay away from over technical workouts or exercise. Chart your frequency and maintain an interest either by training with a partner, or utilising one of the many fitness Apps that are available. Just ensure that remember your original goal, and thereafter vary it as required and as you become healthier – for example if you wanted to run a mile, and now do so consistently, raise the bar, not too much to be off putting, but enough to maintain a healthy interest.
A healthy lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight, but the most important decision is the commitment to change. If you plan properly, and maintain your interest, you will one day be the person in the gym that the nervous new guy is looking at in envy.