Don’t Be Intimidated By the Gym — Getting Into Your First Workout Schedule

18 Feb
Pool season is around the corner, so it's time to make a workout plan and stick to it!

Pool season is around the corner, so it’s time to make a workout plan and stick to it!

Losing weight takes time, but it takes a whole lot longer (like forever) when you’re not exercising at all. If you’re unhappy with the current state of your pants size, I hate to break it to you, but the only place it’s going is up if you don’t get yourself on a workout schedule.

Going to the gym for the first time, or after a very long hiatus, can seem very intimidating. When you don’t know what to expect, it’s easy to let your imagination take charge and it come up with some crazy assumptions! Never fear, read these myths about the gym and why they’re nothing but foolish allegations:

Myth #1— Everyone Has Perfect Beach Bodies: False. Every gym I’ve ever been to offers a mixed bag of everything — old, young, plump, skinny, hardcore meathead, treadmill walker, on-the-prowl for a date, serious exerciser — you name it, you’ll see it.
Myth #2 — You Need Fashionable Workout Attire: Sooo false! Of course some people buy expensive exercise clothes and color coordinate them to prance around the gym, but they do not represent the vast majority. Most people don themselves in free t-shirts from their high school, college, work, or local chiropractor. Personally, I still wear my gym shorts from 8th grade on occasion (getting my 15 years worth of wear out of them) and I’ve never felt out of place.
Myth #3 — Everyone is a Fitness Expert: Incorrect. In fact, most people really have no clue what they’re doing after they mount a cardio machine or pick a weight up. If you’re worried that you won’t know how to turn a cardio machine on, fear not, it’s brainless. However, don’t be afraid to ask your workout neighbor for help if you do run into a problem. It makes my ego swell to help a newbie turn the stairstepper on.

Building an Effective Workout Plan
Much like losing weight, getting into a workout routine is a process. You can’t expect to be busting out Olympic style cardio workouts on your inaugural trip to the gym!

Start off with slow cardio workouts like speed walking on the treadmill, riding the exercise bike, and trying the elliptical at a low level setting. It may not seem like much, but you’re really going to be burning the calories because your body isn’t used to exercise.

Gradually increase the level of intensity in your workout plan as you feel able to do so. While you should never be gasping for air or feel faint, you’re not doing yourself any good if the exercise feels super easy.
At first, try to stick to a workout schedule of three days per week, but steadily build yourself up to four days, making five days per week your ultimate goal.

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