New gym jitters?
I can speak from personal experience when I say that making the decision to step into the gym for the first time can be scary! In times like this, I encourage you to remain motivated, and to reward yourself simply for making the choice to do it!
That’s HUGE. Be proud!
All of us have been there at one point or another, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that people are quite helpful and understanding. You are there to work on yourself, to be happy, and to be healthy.
People around you respect any grind like that.
I know I do.
I am here to give you 3 simple tips that you can apply today to help you get the ball rolling. Breathe, I got you!
First and foremost: CARDIO!
It’s important to get some blood flowing before you do anything else. Cardio is the perfect way to do that.
There are many great forms of cardio for you to take advantage of. You have to pick what feels comfortable to you and make it your tool.
Start off with:
- jumping jacks,
- hop on a treadmill or elliptical,
- or grab yourself a jump rope!
Your primary goal is to get that heart rate going a bit, and to get blood flowing (as I mentioned before).
Don’t push yourself too hard when you start out!
Go at a pace that feels comfortable to you, and gradually work your way up with time.
I suggest starting out by going for 5-10 minutes. This is plenty of time to accomplish warming up your body properly.
Now that you’re warm, let’s jump into the next step!
Did you know that the more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism is?
This is a huge part of the success formula (researched by many respectable people in the fitness industry). Your body burns calories everyday even when you’re at rest.
Yup, you are burning up calories, even at this very moment while you read this, or when you’re at work sitting at your desk. This is called your BMR (basal metabolic rate).
Now, the reason converting fat to muscle increases your metabolism is this:
1 pound of muscle added = 50 additional calories burned everyday!
Here is one of our Personal Trainers with a quick video on how to properly execute these starter exercises:
- Start with a chest press – 12 reps
- Do some lateral raises for your delts – 12 reps
- Assisted pull-ups or lat pulldowns – 12 reps
- Lunges or squats – 12 reps
- Crunches – 12 reps
* REPEAT FOUR TIMES *
Last, and very importantly – STRETCH!
It’s important to stretch out your muscles after every workout to help with soreness the following day.
You got this!
Trust the process and have belief in yourself.
If you’re ever unsure or need help, don’t feel scared to ask. I think I can speak for myself and other people at the gym that if someone asks me a question, I will do my best to help.
If you implement the strategies I share in this post, you’ll be well on your way to improving your health, physique, and overall confidence!
Not only that, you’ll become more skilled at navigating the brand new gym landscape.