Deciding to begin working out is such a great step in your life, but I know joining a gym can be intimidating. You wonder, where do I start? Should I do cardio or weight training? What’s this Zumba class about? Just like any new experience, it is overwhelming and scary. There is no need to stress about it though. In my opinion, you already got through the toughest part, deciding to make a change.
To help you commit to your new lifestyle I put together another Beginner’s Guide, this time its for working out. Incorporate these 5 tips to help make working out not seem so daunting.
1. Take advantage of the free training session most gyms offer to new members. Most gyms will normally do a body analysis, show you around the different machines and walk you through a full body workout. This training session will help familiarize you with the layout of the gym and the different machines and their uses.
2. Build your workout foundation. Reasearch exercises, pre-determined workout plans, anything that will build your knowledge on how to work out. It will alleviate some of the anxieties of not knowing what to do and when. I always recommend Bodybuilding.com for all beginners.
3. Create a workout plan and stick to it! Having a plan will keep you on track when you are at the gym, it will help you avoid the, “Okay, what do I do now?” moments. Sticking to you plan is what is going to yield you results. Pretty soon you will go from 1 push up to 20.
4. Check out the classes. There are so many different classes out there from Zumba to Bikram Yoga. Most gyms have a copy of the class schedule, take it home with you. The schedules normally have a description of each of the classes. Pick the one that sounds most interesting to you and attend. Its a great way to meet new people. Who knows, you can potentially meet a new workout buddy.
5. Don’t over think it. Whether its just walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes, you are working out! The point is to just start moving and get active.
Remember, everyone at the gym was new at some point. It takes time to become comfortable. Just keep going and have fun with it.
Disclaimer: I am not a certified trainer or nutritionist. Please check with your doctor prior to starting any diet or exercise plan. The information provided is what I have learned via personal research.