Going to the gym for the first time can be overwhelming. The equipment might appear confusing and the people (who all look amazingly fit) might seem too focused on what they are doing. But don’t let this discourage you from taking the first step of your fitness journey.
We’ve all been there and we know what it’s like. Here are some of the things to keep in mind as you visit the gym for the very first time.
For your own safety, don’t rush anything. Don’t get frustrated if the people around you are running faster of lifting heavier weights. Respect the pace of your body and trust the process. As long as you keep showing up and you keep training smart, you will enjoy results!
Are all the machines and equipment just confusing you? If you don’t know where to start with your workouts, it might be a good idea to pay a coach who can help you figure out how to use the equipment to best suit your needs. A good coach might even be able to create a flexible program for you, so you’ll know what to do even if you exercise by yourself. Hiring a coach will help you avoid accidents and help you build confidence in the gym.
The only way to know if you are improving is by diligently monitoring the exercises that you do. Keeping track of what you’re doing today will make it easier for you to figure out what to do on your next gym session. If you’re lifting weights, keep in mind to keep track of the weight, reps, and sets that you do. If you are trying to lose weight, you might also want to try monitoring your food intake. The easiest way to do this is by bringing a pen and a small notebook with you every time you go to the gym. You can also check out the different apps available for monitoring.
You need to eat after your gym session. It is best to consume protein to help refuel your muscles. For convenience, protein shake is your best option. You can also choose to bring a banana, boiled eggs or a protein bar if you want something more filling. It’s best to eat right after your workout.
It is very likely that you’ll encounter sore muscles on your first few sessions.
Again, it is important to take things slowly when you are just starting out. Recovery is important because it’s time to strengthen and repair your muscles. Don’t feel guilty whenever you take a day off because your body needs it too.
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