10 Things To Do Before Hitting the Gym For the First Time
Posted by Daniel Lawrence on February, 2018
New to the fitness world? There are a lot of misconceptions out there about hitting the gym. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible, so we asked the trainers at Max Challenge in Pompano Beach, FL for their tips on things to do before hitting the gym for the first time.
- Have a goal
Think about what you want to do with your exercise. Do you want to lose weight? Increase cardiovascular fitness? Build muscle? Knowing this will help you get started.
- Talk to your Doctor
Especially for older people, it is important to check with your doctor before starting a new fitness regime. Get professional medical advice on what you should, and should not do before you start.
- Buy Exercise Clothes
Proper exercise clothes give your body the freedom to move, allowing you to get the most out of your exercise regimes.
- Talk to a Trainer
If you’re unsure where to start, a professional trainer can often be a valuable source of advice about the types of exercise that will work best for your goals.
- Fuel Yourself Properly
You don’t need a fancy diet, but if you cut out the fast food and start to eat better, your body will have more energy for workouts – and recovery.
- Proper Shoes
A pair of trainers will give your feet the support they need for cardio and fitness classes, to reduce the risk of foot, hip and back injuries.
- Train your Mind
If you think that exercise is a necessary evil, tell your internal self to be quiet. Silence the negative thoughts and noise. Exercise is awesome, and you’re going to love how you feel.
- Warm Up
Go slow in the gym for the first time. Stretch and warm up before undertaking strenuous exercise, and you’ll get more out of it.
- Choose the right gym
Not all gyms are created equal. Take the time to choose the one you’ll be excited to come to several times per week.
- Have fun!