Before we start…*high five*
You did it! You’re officially a member at a gym!
Forget the mental picture you still have of yesterday’s photo shoot in the bathroom.
Forget your self-esteem issues, forget your low confidence, forget the judgmental eyes on the subway and of course, forget ever hating your body.
Be proud of yourself for taking a small step towards loving it instead!
Tomorrow will be new and a little tough but with these quick simple tips, you’ll be more prepared than you ever thought possible:
THE SOONER, THE BETTER
Think of your first gym session as a date with the girl of your dreams.
If you’re willing to spend 6 weeks learning to dance and speak French, then shouldn’t you spend that same amount of time making sure that your first experience of a healthy lifestyle is one that’ll keep you interested?
Who knows, you might even meet the girl of your dreams in the gym!
That being said, to avoid injury or stage fright, it’s best to get into shape before you step foot inside the gym. The sooner you prepare, the more fit you’ll be and the more pleasant the experience will be.
Leaving the gym with a good first impression will ensure not only that you come back but also convince you that a healthy lifestyle is doable, which is super important!
UNIQUE PREPARATION METHOD
I thought of recommending push-ups and pull-ups but let’s be honest, you’ve heard it a million times before. So here’s something different:
For this method, you’ll need:
- A weight. Something you’re comfortable with but still a little challenging. I recommend starting with 20 pounds.
- A notepad.
Your job is to do all the exercises you know of using the weight AND take notes as you do them. Believe it or not, you do have some muscle and regardless how weak you think you are, some strength as well.
The goal here is to distinguish between the stronger and weaker muscles. The more exercises you perform, the better understanding you’ll have about your body.
With a good understanding, you’ll know better where to start.
NEVER run head first into the gym unsure of your capabilities. This results in injury, which is a very serious issue.
NOTE – Injury prevention should always be your #1 goal, even before progress.
IDEAL PREPARATION TIME
Like I said earlier, the sooner the better. However, preparation times vary based on your fitness level. The more out of shape you are, the longer you should prepare.
This is crucial, after all you don’t want a repeat of last year’s attempt. Am I right?
I’d recommend nothing less than 2 weeks.
2 weeks of getting comfortable with the weight and trying new things:
- Cardio. Long walks. Light jogs. Taking the stairs.
- Bodyweight Exercises. Push-ups. Sit-ups. Pull-ups.
- Flexibility. Stretching. Yoga
Notice, none of these require weights and they’re quick and easy!
The goal here is to be prepared, so give them a shot!
Gym is a great tool for staying fit, but it’s not the only tool.
Similarly, diversity is not just important for change, but it also ensures that you’ll never get bored of this lifestyle.
Don’t just spend an hour in the gym everyday. Go for walks, go swimming, try canoeing or jump roping. Be flexible and love what you’re doing.
After all, if you don’t love it, why should you do it?
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