A new year’s resolution commitment to the gym.
Your New Year’s Resolution is to go to the gym. This year you are going to do it. It’s something new and it’s easy to get discouraged you don’t want this holding you back. Jess and I were both new to the gym at one point. We have both even set a New Year’s Resolution to go to the gym multiple times, and didn’t. This can be your year. Take it slow, you’re not going to master the rest of your life in one day. The gym is going to be filled with people this time of year, a lot will leave. Don’t be one that leaves, stay and be a part of your Resolution. Jess and I have put together this short guide of Do’s and Don’ts to help you conquer your fear and get started.
Most people at the gym are willing to help.
Seriously. The majority are super nice people, they are there working on their own health as well. They will answer questions and help you if you’re having trouble figuring out what to do. A lot of those machines are hard to figure out, I had trouble when I first started working out as well. Just ask. I would encourage you to ask questions, if you don’t know what your are doing you can get injured. There are a lot of heavy weights and if you aren’t familiar with proper form while lifting you can hurt yourself. You want to avoid everything that would discourage you from returning.
you can’t change in a day.
Don’t expect to see a change in a day, or even a week. It takes time. You feel better after the first day. Tired, sore, but better. Better because you did it, you started going. Now continue to go. You’re going to feel better. Focus on getting progressively better and keep track of your progress, being able to read your results from week to week is going to encourage you to continue getting better. Be sure to combine your fitness with healthy eating and 2017 will be a great year!
Without goals you have nothing set to achieve. You don’t just want to go in without knowing what you actually want to achieve. Are you wanting to lose weight? Set an amount and work for it. Everyday think about that goal and work towards it. Let it motivate you to get up and go. When you achieve that goal set another goal and smash that goal as well! Continue to set goals and become a better you than you were the day before.
Get to know other people at the gym.
I have a close friend that works out nearly everyday and introduces himself to every single new person that walks through the doors, this is actually how we met. I try to at least smile and and say Hi to every new person. Don’t be afraid to say hello back. Having a friend at the same gym can be very beneficial, motivating, and encouraging.
Go with your significant other or a friend.
Having someone you trust share the experience will help you continue to stay on a path towards a healthier lifestyle, you can also be instrumental in helping that person as well. The benefits of working out with your partner are endless. Jess and I can both attest that working out together has been one of the most beneficial things to happen to our relationship. Working out with my wife has brought us closer together and strengthened our relationship. Not to mention we are both healthier and happier together.
Eat healthy foods.
Eating healthy can help give you the energy you need for a great workout and also help your muscles recover and keep soreness to a minimum. Combining Fitness with Healthy eating will create wonderful results no matter what your goals. You will not only lose fat but also build muscle, make sure to find a nutrition program that works for you.
Clean up after yourself.
This is very important. You don’t want to sit in someone else’s sweat and they don’t want to sit in yours. Even if you didn’t sweat on a machine clean it up after you use it. It’s just common courtesy. If you are lifting pick up your weights when you are finished. Everyone in the gym will be very happy with you.
Rest is very important for recovering after a workout. Get plenty of sleep and spend at least one day a week away from the gym. I would recommend three days a week working out and four days rest until you feel comfortable physically with spending more time at the gym.
Make yourself better today than you were yesterday. Work on improving your workout day to day. Whatever workout you are doing step it up everyday push yourself towards your goal. Make this the New Year’s Resolution that stays.