Ready to start working out but don’t know where to start? Here are 3 quick tips to help you begin with success!
1. Dress the part.
Having the right workout attire makes such a difference. Many of us are tempted to wear our biggest t-shirt and a pair of trusty sweats to the gym when we start out, but that can actually make your experience miserable.
Baggy clothes make you sweat more, they impede your range of motion and they don’t exactly give you the confidence you need to step foot into a gym for the first time.
To maximize comfort and performance, choose clothing that
- Fits well
- Allows you to move
- Ladies, my go-to outfit is a pair of workout leggings (or shorts with compression shorts underneath), and a breathable tank. And yes, spandex (gasp!) is your friend! It actually holds in all your not-so-tight areas while allowing you to move optimally, so don’t let it scare you.
- Guys, Michael’s go-to is a tank or breathable t-shirt (think dry-fit) and a pair of shorts with compression shorts underneath.
- Also, make sure you’ve got a good pair of supportive training shoes.
2. Make a plan.
If you don’t have a plan, you will struggle to be productive or efficient and you will likely waste a ton of time.
So, before you begin, decide what you will do. If you have no idea where to start, hire a trainer, follow some fitness experts on social media, and start getting some information about basic exercise techniques.
Before you start your workout, you should know
- What days and times you will be working out.
- How long you plan to work out in a session.
- What exercises you’re doing.
- How to properly perform each exercise and what equipment you will need.
- How many sets and reps of each exercise you will complete, or for how long if you’re doing timed exercises.
3. Get your mind right.
Realistic expectations, a positive attitude, and self-discipline are your most powerful tools when it comes to beginning an exercise regimen.
- Make sure you’re setting goals for yourself that are realistic. If you haven’t exercised one day in the last three years, it would be foolish to think you should hit the gym for an hour five days a week. Start small, so you can have some early successes and then work your way up to a more rigorous schedule. It’s not a race.
- A positive attitude is key. Do not berate your body and focus on how much you hate it, and then expect it to work for you in the gym. That body has taken everything you have put it through. Focus your mind on all it’s done for you and work from there.
- And, if you’re struggling, give imagery a try. Imagery is a powerful tool that can help you succeed in the gym. Just form a mental image of yourself successfully completing each exercise before you get started.
- Self-discipline comes on the tails of a positive attitude. You believe you can do something and then you make yourself behave in a way that will get you there. Self-discipline means telling yourself ‘no’ sometimes and creating habits that will lead to success. Your role models didn’t get where they are by constantly indulging their comforts and neither will you. Self-discipline leads to self-esteem, and that’s much more valuable than fleeting comfort.
Now, that you’ve dressed the part, made a plan, and got your mind right, you’re ready to begin your fitness journey! Go attack your fitness!!