Getting Started in the Gym


Hurrah you’ve joined the gym, it’s time to dust off those trainers and aim to fulfil your fitness goal of getting fit, losing weight or building muscle.

Lots of people who start exercising end up fading away within a few weeks. Here are 5 tips that will hopefully prove useful for you in developing a long-term habit in training regularly.

 

1 – Establish How Ready You Are

Try to ensure that you are ready to begin exercising both mentally and physically. Inform your local GP that you are keen to start exercising and ask their advice to ensure that you are healthy enough to do so.

Ask yourself 3 questions which will help you figure out how ready you are;

  • Do I have confidence in my ability to exercise?
  • Will I receive positive reinforcement and help from close family and friends?
  • Is there a form of exercise that I currently enjoy participating in?

 

2 – Make a Plan

Before starting any exercise programme you first have to establish 3 key aspects;

  • When will you exercise? Aim to set aside at least 3 times per week that you can commit to on a regular basis.
  • What exercise will you do? Choose an exercise that you enjoy and don’t concern yourself with what everyone else is doing.
  • How long will each exercise session be? Gradually build up from 10 minutes to 30 minutes over the first few sessions.

 

3 - Bring a Friend

By bringing along a friend or family member who is also looking to start exercising and is interested in the same activities as you are will increase your chances for success and you'll have more fun. This will work a lot better if you find an exercise that both of you enjoy. This may be a bit difficult but it's totally worth it, because working with a partner will provide you with a support system and a positive social experience. Once you start exercising there will be times when you really don’t feel like doing it but having a partner could be the difference in exercising or not.

  

4 –Keep it Simple

You need to look at your decision to start exercising as a commitment to a lifelong healthier way of living. You will achieve more success if you keep it simple at the start. For example, some people you see will be exercising at a high intensity level, training every day of the week or performing moves more akin to life in the circus, however walking 3 times a week for 15 minutes is a fantastic place to start.  

  

5 – Keep it Real

A big problem with resolutions is that they can be very unrealistic and highly infeasible. Setting goals is a good idea but keep it simple. Compare it to building a house, start with good foundations and then build upon that. Keep it low intensity and duration at the start and gradually build up.

 

Blog from Andy, Fitness Consultant/PT at the Lagoon

At Renfrewshire Leisure, we have a free programme for all members called Results For Life. This 12 week programme sets out what your fitness goals are, how to achieve them and support is included with our qualified gym staff. Find out more here: http://www.renfrewshireleisure.com/results-for-life/


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