It just dawned on you that Summer is right around the corner and you don’t quite have that “Summer body” that everyone talks about and wants. You hop into your car and drive to the closest gym to sign up for a membership. It’s been a long time since you’ve had a gym membership or maybe you never have had one and everything looks so intimidating! Don’t let that scare you away though.
Here’s 8 tips to help you get started and feeling comfortable at the gym:
You’ll at least want to bring a water bottle and have a place for your keys and cell phone. If you decide to take a shower at the gym also then you’ll need to pack a towel, flip flops, soap, deodorant, and a change of clothes as well. This bag can be stored in the locker room.
Stretching is so important both before and after your workout. This helps you avoid injuries and being too sore. Plus it feels nice!
3. Take a tour
When you sign up, an employee should give you a tour of the gym but if they don’t, just ask! This way you will feel more comfortable about where everything is, where you’ll be spending most of your time, etc.
4. Don’t be nervous to try new machines
While you have the employee or trainer with you taking that tour, also ask them about certain machines. There are a lot of great machines that people don’t use because they don’t know how and don’t want to look silly trying. The trainer will gladly guide you on how to utilize the machines.
5. Listen to music
Music is great motivation! Make a workout playlist that will keep you moving.
6. Don’t overdo it
Maybe you’re really excited about this gym membership or maybe you’re trying to impress someone else at the gym but don’t overdo your workout. There is a very small area between challenging and pushing your limits to overdoing it and hurting yourself. Gradually work your way up to heavier weights and longer runs.
7. Eating the right foods before and after
Make sure you are taking your Purium Super Aminos 23 before your workout and drinking your L.O.V. Supermeal afterwards. Proper nutrition is VERY important if you want to see and feel a change.
8. Mix it up
Don’t always do the same thing. Maybe Mondays and Wednesdays can be your cardio days while Tuesdays and Thursdays are your strength training days. Add weight, reps, longer runs, incline to your runs, etc. Doing the same workout gets boring and becomes too easy after awhile. You need to challenge yourself.