Castle Gym has put together a beginner’s guide to fitness!
It can be a daunting experience when you first get into the fitness industry and start doing workouts and going to the gym for the first time. Trust us when we say, we know how you feel!
Although we are going to give you our top tips in this blog post, it’s so important to keep in the back of your mind that everyone has been in your shoes at some point or another.
Sit back, relax, and take some time to read our beginner’s fitness guide. It’s time to take the first steps into your fitness journey.
Start with small goals
Even though you may have one big goal you want to achieve one day, within a certain time frame, it’s actually the small goal in the long run that add up to one big goal.
Let’s be honest, you aren’t going to see a drastic change in one night, but as long as you stay consistent and keep hitting your smaller goals, anything is possible!
Fitness apps, such as MyFitnessPal, are a great way to keep track of your progress, including your wins, whether they’re big or small.
Every time you start to lose motivation or feel like giving up, look back at your progress and see just how well you’re doing.
Wear something you feel comfortable in
Going to the gym does not mean you have to wear cute matching sets every time you leave the house. Although it may be tempting, a lot of the time you will perform better in baggy clothes.
Most of the time, gym sets you see advertised everywhere are often way too overpriced anyway! Save yourself some pennies for extra gym sessions or protein shakes.
The fitness industry is over glamourized a lot of the time, and that is an important point to remember.
You may go into your session looking like a Hollywood superstar. But we guarantee that if you’re putting in the work, you definitely won’t be coming out of your session looking like one!
Drink lots of water
Staying hydrated is more important than ever when it comes to working out. Water prevents your muscles from cramping and reduces your risk of heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
In just one hour of exercise, the body can lose more than a quarter of its water. Dehydration can lead to muscle soreness, fatigue and loss of concentration and coordination.
Consider drinking a litre of water two hours before your workout, during, and afterwards as well.
Have a clear plan set out
When you have a clear plan of the workouts you will be doing when you get to the gym, including the number of sets and reps, the whole experience will feel a lot less daunting.
Having a clear plan set out can help prevent either under or working out. It’s never a good idea to walk around the gym aimlessly. Not knowing which equipment to use and for how long. Having a plan can help you to step away from the cardio machines and start working on what’s really important.
You will be able to start seeing results more quickly and easily if you’re in a routine that you complete every time you visit the gym or go to do a training session. Knowing which workouts to do for what you want to achieve is an absolute bonus. If you’re stuck, investing in a personal trainer might be a good idea.
Rest days are important
A lot of people who start getting into fitness, often don’t realise that rest days are extremely important for you. You may feel like if you want to see progress, you have to be working out 24/7, but that’s not the case.
You need rest days to help regain your energy, and repair your body after some hardcore workout sessions.
Over-exercising can also tire the mind out, as well as the body. Tiredness can cause poor decision making during a workout, which leads to a greater chance of injury.
If you want to perform at your best during your workout sessions, rest days will be your new best friend.
Not sure what Gym to go to? Here at Castle Gym, we offer a free day pass so you can experience the gym in all its glory whilst trying out all of the facilities.
We have a wide range of friendly staff and trainers on hand to help you whenever you need them. We hope you found our beginner’s fitness guide helpful.
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