A common misconception many people have when they first start going to the gym is that they will be able to slip into a routine immediately. In truth, it can take time to establish a proper schedule and training regimen, especially when you are just starting out. Likewise, it can be a challenge motivating yourself to go to the gym if you feel burnout. What you need is a strategy to overcome any hurdles and achieve your fitness goals.
Even though people have different reasons as to why they go to the gym, most people have a singular goal in mind that is their top priority. Whether you want to lose weight or just maintain your fitness, the end goal will still be the same, and that is to stay fit and healthy so that you can live your life fully. Signing up for the gym is just the first step, but it is definitely a huge one.
The key to having an established gym routine is to work out the smart way and not necessarily the hard way.
Select the right machine
Most people get started on training machines, such as treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical trainers, etc. There might seem to be an overwhelming choice at first and you might want to try each one of them, but resist the urge to spread your training too thin and focus on the ones that you need most. Knowing the function of each machine will help guide you in selecting the right one for your needs.
If you like running start with the treadmill. If you want something that's low-impact yet calorie-burning, the stationary bicycle might work for you. he rowing machine may not be the right gym equipment if you have back problems. What's best is to ask your fitness trainer which gym machines will work for your body and your goals.
Add variety to your workouts
If you stick with the elliptical trainer each time you work out, then don’t be surprised if you already feel burned out just by spending a few days or weeks in the gym. A little bit of variation can help spice up your workout and also avoid a fitness plateau. Muscle confusion where you keep your body guessing is also beneficial in propelling you forward.
If your machine of choice is a treadmill, provide some variation by starting with the default settings for 10 minutes, and then increase the speed every two minutes or so. You can also increase the incline for a more challenging routine.
Set a time limit
To keep motivated set a time goal for yourself. Instead of working out to the point of exhaustion, time yourself for a certain number of minutes and set a goal that you want to attain. High intensity interval training can be more beneficial than hours spent doing the same exercises over again with less effort.
For example, you could allot one hour for you whole gym routine, and then break it up into smaller parts - 15 minutes on the treadmill, 15 minutes on the stationary bike, 15 minutes lifting weights for a specific muscle group, and 15 minutes of group exercises. That way, it becomes easier for you to stick to your routine, since your goals are realistic and have been broken down into small, manageable time chunks.
Incorporate the gym into your weekly routine
An important way of making gym workouts a habit is to make sure that you visit the gym regularly. It might be an effort to drag yourself to the gym for the first few weeks, but it needs to be done. This is probably the hardest part of starting a routine, but it will pay off in time.
Set goals of going to the gym three times a week for example, and stick to this. Gradually increase the frequency if you can. You will notice that this will be slowly incorporated in your weekly routine, to the point that you would feel incomplete if you didn’t hit the gym and work toward your goal for the week.
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