Credit: DOMYOS Intense Run Treadmill
To maintain or improve your health, adults need to do aerobic and strength exercises every week. A good place to start is by going to your local gym. If you haven’t been to the gym in a while (or maybe you’re a total gym virgin), it’s normal to feel nervous about what you might be getting yourself into. The feeling of not knowing where anything is, or even which equipment does what, can be a daunting prospect for gym novices. But it’s totally OK to feel nervous. You’ll become more confident even after your first session, and having some nice gym kit can help give you that little bit of extra confidence.
Let’s start with comfy workout clothes. They don’t need to be fashionable or expensive. Just wear something you’ll be comfortable in, and which don’t restrict your movement. Leggings or shorts, a t-shirt, and trainers are perfect! You can always get yourself some more technical kit once you start working out more regularly. It’s important to stay hydrated while working out, and although most gyms have water fountains these days, it’s a good idea to take a water bottle with you so you always have it to hand. If you want to see how many calories you’ve burnt during your gym session, you may want to wear a fitness tracker or smart watch. And then all you need is a gym bag to put all your stuff in. Have it all packed the night before so you can grab it and change into your workout gear after work. Then chuck on your favourite playlist and off you go!
What are useful things to remember when going to the gym?
When you join a gym, they will usually offer an induction to give you the guided tour, and give a brief overview of what each piece of equipment does. But there are some things you need to consider when starting out at the gym.
Which fitness equipment can I use at home?
If you have a busy work, social, and family life, you might wonder how you’re going to fit the gym in too. But fortunately, working out doesn’t have to mean going out. There is plenty you can do at home to get fit, build muscle, or get your waistline in check. You won’t need to shell out for pricey gym memberships, you can exercise when it suits you, and you won’t feel self-conscious in front of other gym buffs. You can really go for it and build your own home gym if you have the space and the money, or just invest in a few simple pieces of equipment to make your workouts more effective, such as; a yoga mat for exercising on, kettlebells or a medicine ball to strengthen muscles, a skipping rope to burn calories, or a pull up bar to work your upper body and core. But there are also lots of exercises you can do with no equipment at all, just using your own bodyweight. In fact, bodyweight training is an efficient way to decrease body fat, increase heart rate, and boost muscular fitness.