Need to exercise more? Considering joining a gym? How much exercise is the right amount of exercise and how do you get started and stick at it long term?
Wow! These are really good questions! Of course, we are all individuals, and no right amount of exercise will be the same for someone else.
I can tell you, that if you are considering joining a gym for the first time (or the second) there are some easy guidelines to be followed that will help you stick at it longer and achieve your goals!
I am a gym owner (Xcel Fitness Devonport), and a very proud group fitness instructor. I consider it a privilege to be part of someone’s fitness journey, to witness someone’s love for exercise grow and develop. Not much else makes me happier!
In my experience, a genuine problem is that a lot of people find it difficult to make the first step into a gym and do their first class. I have heard many people say they have sat in the carpark deciding whether or not to get out of the car. I can promise you that once you get over that initial bump, you will wonder why you didn’t do it earlier. I understand people feel like everyone is watching and judging them, but I promise no one is feeling more watched or judged than the instructor on the stage! And everyone else is too busy focusing on what they should be doing to notice anyone else!
The most common mistake I see people make when joining a gym is to then do as many classes as they can, because they believe this will help them achieve their goals quickly!
More often than not, this leads to injury and/or fatigue, which will then lead to a negative headspace around exercise, which leads to excuses as to why they shouldn’t go to the gym.
My experience shows that a high percentage of people doing this will be lucky to make it through the first month. And more times than not, the gym membership is then wasted. Sound familiar?
There are lots of reasons why people start out this way, some being they want results to happen quickly, or they just put a lot of pressure on themselves to go all out or not at all. Nothing worth having happens quickly, especially when it comes to your health. The best way to get healthy and fit is to gradually change habits over time.
The best advice I can give to someone starting out is to start slow. Find out everything you need to know about the classes available at the gym by talking to the people who take them! Staff on reception can point you in the right direction. Then choose two programs or classes that you think might suit you (there are so many choices!) and do one class of each in the first week. Repeat the second week. Then, decide how you feel week three. If you are recovering well (muscles aren’t too sore) you may be able to take on three classes per week. Stick at this for a few more weeks. Keep in mind that everyone reacts differently to exercise, pay close attention to how the exercise is affecting your body physically and mentally. The last thing you need is to be constantly fighting fatigue and muscle soreness. It is not worth it! Before you know it, you will be addicted to feeling so good!
Still need help? This is my passion and I would love to help you gradually change habits! You are on my website, you know how to contact me!
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