Before we start, let us congratulate you on the decision you took on workouts. Deciding to stay fit is an investment many don’t think of and excuses won’t do any good for your health. In this article, we are focusing on what comes next after you made the decision to go to the gym. Sounds interesting, right? Let’s do this
Identify your goals
Having a clear idea about your goals is essential no matter what you do in life, and the same applies to your workouts. Pre-decide what your goal is. Is it to get rid of your belly fat? Six-packs? Or is it to maintain your body weight? You must know your end goal and by when you expect to reach it. Once you have clarity about what, why, and when, shoot at it with your best shot; as Nike says, just do it!
Most beginners thrive on intensity rather than consistency, which you must avoid. It would be best if you do mid-intensity 45-minute workouts at least three times a week in the beginning. Yes, you can do way more than this, but not at the very beginning. The exercises and the time you put on it must be sustainable. Remember, you are not going to get your dream body within a week; it takes time. So, aim for consistency over intensity.
Stay with active people
The more you put yourself out there with active people, the more you will get motivated. Having family members or friends that are into exercises can be great for you. If you don’t have that luxury, find buddies who are interested in healthy activities. Of course, you can make new friends at the gym and observe what they are doing in their day-to-day lives to stay healthy. Also, you can use social media to make new connections with health-conscious people and follow fitness stuff.
Get a good pair of shoes
Yes, we are taking everything into consideration here. Wearing inappropriate shoes for workouts can bring unwanted consequences to you. Especially, the joints and ligaments may get impacted more if you are running or sprinting. Also, having a good pair of shoes is vital for weight lifting as well. Make sure you buy a versatile pair of shoes for both gym and outside purposes
You have to be honest with your body condition, and the deadlines of your goals must be realistic. It’s important to take adequate breaks during the workouts and should avoid hard stuff at the beginning. If not, you can get injured easily and maybe not return to the gym thereafter. You are not into a race with your gym friends; so, don’t let any chances for potential risks; keep it slow and steady.
Warm-ups and cool-downs
Warming your body is crucial before your routines, and it will reduce the chances of injuries during the workouts. And, make sure you do sufficient stretches after you finish the exercises as well to cool down your body. In addition, being hydrated is also utterly important, and take rest days to give adequate repair time for the body.
Don’t compare yourself
As we said, you are not in a race, and you are not doing a catch-up task at the gym. You might look silly at the beginning, which is perfectly alright. In a room environment, some of your gym friends can look like giants; always, keep in mind that they also came from where you are at now. Nothing to be ashamed of, just concentrate on your workouts. You are definitely on the right track to your goals.
Keep a track
Whether or not you are into numbers or stats, keeping a record of your body helps you become more motivated. Keep an eye on your body weight, and if you can, buy accessories like heart rate monitors or calorie burn counters to see how your body responds to the workouts you do. By keeping track, you can evaluate the process and make the necessary adjustments if you notice something is not going as per your plan
Dreaming about your goals is good, but at the same time, it can ruin today’s happiness. Be grateful to your body always and the stuff it does for you today. Happiness must not depend on something that is in the future. Instead, it should be enjoyed right now. Your body is a fantastic machine, and you should be thankful for it. Take a moment each and every day and appreciate it. The law of attraction is real; mark our words on that.
Guys, keep these tips in your mind and walk to the gym with a “can do” attitude. We know you can reach your goals, and we wish you the best of luck. Cheers!