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We’ve all been there: first timers at the gym, starting a new diet, giving this “health thing” a try. Nobody really knows where to start on day one (unless you’ve been bred into it). This leads me to a big topic health newbies face…
- Take the first step & get that membership. Yep, it’s time to commit if you haven’t already. However, browse different gyms in your area first and determine what culture works for you. Since I go to the gym for fairly simple exercises, I chose to go with Planet Fitness (and it’s cheap, too!)
- Get gear you feel confident in. They say it’s always obvious who the newbies are at the gym based on their clothes, but everyone has to start somewhere. Even though you may not look or feel your best, do what you can to get in the right mindset before walking in the gym. I love to work out in my Nike Flex running shoes
- Establish a schedule & stick to it. You’re not ready to just “wing it” quite yet, so determine your new gym schedule ahead of time for accountability. I go to the gym for an hour during my lunch break 3-4 times per week. I don’t have to force myself to go because it’s already built into my day. It’s also helped me to become a regular with the gym staff!
- Start with what you know, then build on it. If you already know how to work the treadmill, start with a brisk walk for 30 minutes. After you get comfortable, add an incline to your walk. Eventually, try to jog and build a running routine. Your body creates muscle memory, but needs a firm foundation to start. Please do not jump into a crazy routine!! New gym member + advanced exercise = higher risk for giving up quickly!
- Track your progress. Progress takes time, so take each day at the gym as a step in the right direction. When I decided to pick up running, I was jogging at the speed people around me were casually walking. I was more focused on putting one foot in front of the other, not speed or distance. It is unbelievable how far I have come! I also write down a brief summary of my exercises in my Kate Spade notebook every day to track my progress, even on rest days.