Within the past six months, I have started to really get into going to the gym and eating healthy consistently. This has been somewhat of a revelation to me. I had gone to the gym plenty of times over the years and never seen results or felt like it had made that big of a difference for me. However, I’ve learned that it is the consistency that truly makes changes in the long run. This has been something I have struggled to do all my life and now that I’ve finally reached my goals (for now) when it comes to fitness, I wanted to share some tips to you about how to start and stay at the gym.
1. Start small- and I mean it
Don’t decide you’re going to go three times a week and do an hour and a half workout if you are not working out already because it just won’t happen. I’ve tried, you’ve probably tried, we’ve all tried. To be successful, start small with once a week or even once every two weeks. It is also important to not overdo it on yourself in the beginning or else you might scare yourself from wanting to workout again if you become sore for three days after. Just saying. When you start small, you develop habits and it doesn’t become this overwhelming new aspect of your life that you can’t keep up with. Simply, start small and take it at your own pace.
2. Bring a friend
This one is super helpful for multiple reasons. The first one is that friends will hold you accountable. You can easily skip a gym sesh by yourself but you are less likely to if you made plans with someone. The second reason is that it reduces gymtimidation. You and your friend are both newbies and learning how to use the equipment together and you no longer feel as uncomfortable around all the senior gym-goers. Lastly, having a friend makes it more fun because you laugh, catch up, and get HOT together!
3. Find a good workout routine
This one really did the trick for me. I’d go to the gym and have no real idea of what I wanted to accomplish or felt as though I did not get that full “workout” that I needed. There are tons of resources from YouTube, Pinterest, blogs, and fitness websites that have free workout routines. Pick a routine that, based on your level, you think you can handle. Then, go to the gym and test them out! You may need to try a couple different workouts until you find one you enjoy and still makes you feel like you got that full “workout”. Keep in mind that you will need to switch up your workout routine from time to time or else your body will get used to it.
4. Educate yourself & learn from others
You pick out this awesome workout that people rave about online and you head over to the gym and you realize you don’t know what a mountain climber is. And what’s this thing called a clean and press? Well, the gym is way more fun if you know some cool exercises to do besides the traditional push-ups, sit-ups, and squats. You can learn these by googling or by watching others in your gym. Some of my most favorite exercises (ie russian twists) were learned by watching other people doing them. So definitely google some fun exercises online and take a look around your gym next time you go.
5. Have gym clothes that make you feel AMAZING
This was one thing that got me excited about going to the gym. I am a clothes addict and style lover so being able to bring this to the gym made me want to go more and more! I mean who wants to workout looking like a potato? Not me! I used this as a reward a couple times by saying, “If you go to the gym for a week, month, etc; you can get a new gym outfit!” This got me to start going to the gym and then after I got my new outfit, I was even more excited about going because I knew I was going to look super cute! Definitely give this a try if you like style or if all your workout clothes are “eh”.
I hope you found my tips helpful and that you can start going to the gym more and more! Since going, I have seen results in the way I look, how I feel, and how I eat. All for the better, of course! I’d love to see more and more people experience how rewarding and fun going to the gym can be. Comment below if you have any good tips, questions, or stories!