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5 Tips to Conquer Your First Day at the Gym

22nd August 2017

Going to the gym for the first time can be a bit nerve-wrecking, maybe even intimidating. Here is a guide so you can fit in with the frequent gym goers, look the part and get started on your fitness goals!

Harry - PT From Darlington

1. The Right Kit

First of all, you’ll want to look the part. If you look good, you feel good; it’s more important than you think and you’re less likely to be self-conscious.

Make sure your clothes let your skin breath and that you can move freely in them and they doesn’t get in the way. Sports top, shorts and trainers are a great way to start.

Take a towel! In the gym, you’re going to sweat a lot; make sure you have something to wipe your forehead and machines down before and after you used them (for cleanliness reasons more than anything else!) Yes, you can use our blue roll but it’s usually easier to use your own towel.

Bring a drinks bottle! If you’re going to sweat a lot, you’re going to get thirsty. Of course, you can use our café facilities but you could be saving time and money with a water bottle.

Don’t forget a snack! After all that working out you’re going to be hungry. Don’t forget your healthy snack - a protein bar is a perfect option, full of energy to get you through the rest of your day.

Bring some tunes! The nagging voice in your head telling you to quit will from time to time get particularly loud, so it’s important to drown it out with a carefully selected soundtrack. Upbeat music keeps your rhythm constant and keeps you motivated.

 

2. Positive Attitude

One of the main reasons why new members lose motivation within the first couple of weeks is because they have left their routine down to chance. Don’t. Set yourself a realistic, timetabled schedule to go to the gym at least twice a week and stick to it.

Some days you’re not feeling up to it, and that’s ok! Everyone needs a day off at some point. We think rest days should be very much a part of your routine, and above all else, good for morale. Don’t be embarrassed to give yourself a break and don’t feel like a failure if you feel the need to slow it down or lift a little less some days. It’s far better to work at a level that’s comfortable yet challenging than to push yourself too hard too quickly and do something that could get you injured.

 

3. Comfortable Footwear

We bet you will be thinking of hitting the treadmill at some point. If you have a fitness tracker you’ll want to see it working, and running on our treadmills is a great way to start.

Kicking off a run in a pair of old Converse or a £5 pair of unbranded, ill-fitting trainers is likely to put you at risk of undue pain or even do yourself an injury. An early injury is one of the most challenging obstacles to overcome in the early weeks of training, especially if it occurs before you’ve established a routine. A comfortable pair of quality running shoes is an investment that is well worth the effort.

 

4. Nervous? Bring A Friend!

Do you know someone who would like to train with you? Training with a partner can have so many benefits, so why not bring them along to train? Bring someone with you so you can push each other to reach new goals and new heights. Having a friend waiting for you in the gym can make the difference when you’re struggling to get up for your 6.15am LSF Cycling class!

 

5. Have a goal!

Why are you going to the gym? Do you want to lose weight, are you training for a marathon, or do you simply wish to maintain your current level of fitness? Whatever your goal, make sure you have a picture of it in your mind. You can arrange a free PT consultation to chat through how you’re going to achieve it and keep yourself on the straight and narrow.

 

Above all else, enjoy it. Going to the gym and staying fit and active is a fantastic way to improve your health both physically and mentally. If it’s getting you down, or you start to dread attending the gym, then you’re either pushing yourself too hard, or restricting yourself too much in other aspects of your life. Everyone has a balance, and we can help you to find that. At Lifestyle Fitness, we believe going to the gym should become a part of your routine, and one that you enjoy. We’re here to help, so if you have any questions when you first arrive, don’t hesitate to ask one of the staff for guidance.