January welcomes that time that comes around every year; people wanting to get fit. Now, many people try, and fail, whilst others kick off their fitness journey well. If you’re one of those people struggling to stick to your goal, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how you can start off your fitness journey to increase your chance of success.
Firstly, you need the time. You need to have free time to schedule in when you’re going to work out. You need to get into a habit of exercising regularly, so it becomes part of your routine and easy to factor into your lifestyle.
You then need to devise some form of a plan with specific goals. This helps you make use of your time in the gym rather than dotting about trying to figure out what you want to do helps too. Having a training programme helps as it states what you should be doing to achieve your goals based on your body weight, experience level etc.
We all know what we want to achieve, but sometimes this may not be so realistic. A lot of people want the desired results without putting the effort in which is one of the big problems with people who struggle to stick at it, as they want results to be immediate when whatever you’re trying to achieve, whether it be weight loss or muscle gain, takes time. You won’t shed all that weight from 1 or 2 sessions at the gym. The sooner you accept that it’s going to be hard, the sooner you can consistently apply yourself to getting it done.
Then onto actually starting your journey. When you get into the gym, there’s a few pieces of advice for you to remember. Try not to feel too intimidated by the other people around you. I know it may be daunting being the newbie at the gym, but remember, people are more focused on their own workout than yours. The people in our gyms are extremely pleasant people, and if they do happen to notice you’re struggling, they’re more likely to offer you some help rather than laugh. They were in the same position as you once. This also offers some reassurance that it won’t be as hard as it seems forever. The gym staff are always available for any questions you may have, and any help you may need, that’s what they’re there for!
When starting out, it may be wise to get a personal trainer. You may have the perception that they work you until you collapse to the floor, but PTs create an exercise regime that suits your ability. If you’re a beginner, they’ll ease you into it. The more progress you make, the more intense the workout will get. You don’t need constant PT sessions, just a couple can set you up with a plan on how to achieve your goal.
A few more things to remember:
- Go easy at first to avoid injury
- Avoid peak times
- Invest in the right gear
- Try and find a gym buddy to help keep motivated
- Ensure variety so you don't get bored