Thinking about joining a gym? Well, the first day at gym might seem daunting, particularly to those who have no prior experience of working out or lack even the basic knowledge of their body. Nonetheless, if you keep in mind a few little details and follow the instructions carefully, you would end up making the best of the first day without a trouble. And, don’t worry about the stiff muscles at the end of the day, that’s just a part and parcel of beginning a fitness regime.
Tips to be prepared for the first day at the gym
Set your goals right
Before you even set your foot in the gym, it’s essential you set your fitness goals. If that helps you might even write them down somewhere, so that you can check them after a certain time. Make sure that your goals are realistic and can be realized within the time frame. For example, if you’re planning on losing 10 kilos in a week, forget it, that’s not going to happen. Set a goal that is less ambitious and doable. How about 1-2 kilos in the first week?
Choose appropriate clothing for the gym
If you’ve planned to wear your favorite pair of jeans to the gym, think again. Not only would you appear ridiculous and silly before others in the gym, you might even end up hurting yourself or your clothes.
At gym you’re not supposed to look ravishing; you must be comfortable in your clothing and geared up appropriately for the mutual benefit of your fitness and your clothes. Come on, imagine how would that end if you get your favorite pair of jeans split wide open right at the butts.
Don’t be too harsh on yourself
If you have set your goals right, and following the basics of gym appropriately you’re going to be safe from any sort of injuries. However, going overboard might just prove hazardous in both short term and long term.
Always begin with warm up. For first few days stick to lighter exercises, slowly build up your stamina and as your body gets accustomed, move up the regime little by little.
Get the help of a trainer
As a beginner, it is highly recommended to take the help of a trainer. The trainer knows how to train your body without putting you into trouble. He/she can advise you on the kind of exercises that should be fit for your body type. A trainer would tell you how to do those exercises correctly and, also, for how long. He/she would also introduce you to the equipment and guide you about the appropriate diet.
Plan out an appropriate system
It is mandatory that you should prepare a good fitness regime to follow, preferably after consulting with your trainer. Mix different kind of exercises, equipment, weights etc. Just focusing on a single kind of exercise would not be of much help. It’s important to work out all muscles of your body. If you stick to one or a few areas only the result would be inferior, slow and may also result in injuries.
Don’t go empty stomach
It’s important to have a pre-workout meal. The muscles need fuel to carry on the arduous tasks that you’re putting them up to. Ask your trainer beforehand for advice on pre-workout meal.
Do not give up
The gym isn’t magic. It takes time to show results. You need to be consistent, focus on right exercises and appropriate diet plan. In the beginning everything may just seem too overwhelming and the results too little to carry on. But, you shouldn’t give up hopes too soon.