So, you’ve finally made a leap of faith and decided to join a gym. That’s great! But, it’s important to remember that getting regular exercise is a lifestyle choice. One of the best ways to make the change a true part of your lifestyle is to make your first day a great experience. With that in mind, here are a few tips for an enjoyable first trip to the gym
Keep it clean
Time and time again, people have joined a gym and then became ill shortly afterward, and then stopped going altogether. There are several ways to avoid this situation. When you’re prepping for your first day at the gym, make sure to buy disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer.
Before you use a piece of equipment, wipe it down with a towel and then hit it a second time with a disinfecting wipe. This will help you avoid any germs left on the equipment by the previous user. It’s considered good manners to wipe off the equipment when you’re done with your workout.
Don’t over do it
The human body is an amazingly resilient machine. However, it needs time to adapt to changes in levels of exertion. Many people want to walk into a gym and work as hard as they did when they were younger.
This is a very bad idea, because a sudden increase in your work level can compromise your immune system. That can lead, once again, to abandoning your trips to the gym. Start out easy, and work your way up to a higher level of activity.
If you’re using the services of a personal trainer, do not let them push you too far, too fast. You know your body better than anyone else in the world.
Prepare your body in advance
Your body will need extra nourishment when you start an exercise regimen. It’s key that you get your body hydrated before you go to the gym. This means drinking plenty of water for several days before your first trip to the gym.
You should consider increasing your intake of carbohydrates and decreasing your intake of dairy before making the change. Those changes will help with muscle recovery.
Adding a collagen supplement to your diet will improve recovery of your soft tissues. To fend off bugs, you should also consider taking a multivitamin and turmeric capsules.
Keep yourself entertained
Working out can be boring. Some exercise equipment comes with a built-in TV screen. If not, consider bringing a phone or tablet with you so that you can watch movies, or listen to music or podcasts.
Gym time is a great chance to catch up on the news or listen to an audio-book that you’ve been meaning to get around to.
Take advantage of the gym’s little extras
Many people turn what could be a fun trip to the gym into an hour of drudgery. You don’t have to just lift weights, or run on a treadmill. Gyms often come with some great amenities.
These can include a swimming pool, a hot tub, a sauna, massage therapy, and punching bags. Punching a heavy bag is a great way to relief stress, just remember to bring your own bag gloves.
Make it fun
Yogi Berra famously said of baseball, “Ninety percent of the game is half mental.” That’s true of most physical activities. If you don’t have fun at the gym, you’re probably going to stop going.
If, during your first trip, you don’t like hitting the weights, then do something else. Find the activity that makes you want to go to the gym, and then make it a regular thing. After a while, you can expand your horizons and incorporate new exercises and activities.
Welcome to a new you! You’ve made a decision to change your life, and there are few better ways to do that than to engage in regular, light exercise. Regular trips to the gym will cause the following changes in your body.
Your energy level will increase, your immune system will work better due to increased circulation of lymph, and your mood and cognitive abilities will improve. If you keep going to the gym, it will happen for you. Welcome to a happier you!