Getting started with your fitness journey can be tough. You continually make the same excuse of you’ll start tomorrow or on monday but the day never comes around. I’ve been there. We have all been there. No one was born into a gym and knowing what to do. It comes with time and practice…and some research.
First thing is first. If you have never been a member of a gym why? Is it because you prefer to workout at home or is it just the fear of not knowing what to do when you are there. Are you worried what people will think of you in the gym? It goes through everyone’s head but in all honesty, everyone in the gym is in their own world doing their own thing and really aren’t bothered about what you are doing. So take the first step of signing up to a local gym and having an induction. This will give you an appointment where you will be shown around the gym and you can ask as many questions as you like. Please please pleaseeee don’t forget that no question is a stupid one. Especially when you first start. The trainer doing your induction should make you feel welcome and secure with everything you need to know, so ask anything and everything.
Once you have been going to the gym for a few weeks and have sussed out the equipment and where everything is, try and push yourself to try out a new piece of equipment every session. Otherwise you may find that you end up being that person who does the same routine every week for months on end. You’ll find you won’t progress meaning you will just cancel your membership, which isn’t what i or you want. We both want you to reach your fitness goals, no matter what they are.
Speaking of goals. Set yourself weekly goals. Weather thats to walk on the treadmill for an extra 5 minutes a session, add another set of squats onto your routine, or even just adding a new move into your training regime. All progress, no matter how small, is still progress. Just go and read that last sentence again and make sure you fully understand. In the fitness world, progress is small and takes time. You need to be patient and consistent. So don’t lose hope and give up, keep going and track your progress through pictures. Be realistic. Don’t go setting yourself the aim of losing 6kg in 2 weeks as it’s just not healthy to do so. Write them down, stick them somewhere you can see them and refer to them every now and then, without putting too much pressure on yourself, we want you to enjoy the process.
If you feel like you are one of those people who are most likely going to get bored in the gym, try out some fitness classes! Gyms nowadays have such a varied amount of classes you will almost certainly find at least one class that you enjoy. There’s everything from yoga to High Intensity Interval Training, so there really is something for everyone. The good thing about classes too is that they will teach you the basic movements which you can then use out on the gym floor. It’ll make you feel more confident and also get your fitness levels up to progress onto bigger better things. Attending classes is also a great way to meet new people. Everyone, yet again, have all been that new person in the class. But once you have been attending that class for a few weeks you will become a regular and see the same people. Who doesn’t want to make new friends?! You can then experience things together, even try a gym based workout together. It’s always nice to be with someone else the first time right! Then you will be confident enough to go it alone!
Social media is amazing. You can scroll on instagram, youtube and twitter and will be flooded with workout tips, nutrition advice and exercise videos. I also have a youtube account where i post workout videos so go check it out to get you started! They are great for newbies. However, i will just say, be careful of social media too. Don’t just assume because someone looks a certain way that their way is the only way. Do your research online and try out different things. Don’t get hooked following one person and believe everything they say. Fitness is a world of opinions and experience so you need to find your own and take things with a pinch of salt. Saying that, it is a great library for health and fitness ideas. Find exercises online and make your own routine up, its a free world, no one owns an exercise! See how they make you feel and change them up, experiment…within reason, safety first guys!
Ask questions. If you have a friend or family member who is into fitness, ask them their opinion, how they like to train, what they find beneficial. They can offer you advice and recommendations. Even ask a personal trainer in the gym they will be more than happy to help. If they aren’t, well, they are a rubbish personal trainer!
My top fitness tip of all time…just start. Stop putting it off until tomorrow or next week, start today, right now, you won’t regret it i can promise you that. If you have any specific questions on health, fitness or nutrition comment below and i’ll get back to you! Don’t be afraid to ask, as the old saying goes, if you don’t ask you don’t get! I’d love to hear from you guys, i really appreciate your support!