New to the Gym?

Last Saturday, I decided to switch up my routine a bit and start hitting the gym more. The gym was averagely busy the last couple of days leading up until today but nothing out of the normal. It didn’t really hit me that the gym would be slammed because I was going at 10 am on a Monday {not realizing that I was going to the gym 10 a.m. on January 2nd – National New Year Resolution Attack Day}. When I usually see the gym super busy I’d think to myself ‘hope the Stairmaster is open’ but today I thought ‘look at all these people with healthy New Year Resolutions!’.

I felt really inspired being among so many other people who were excited to be improving their health and fitness. As I was stepping on the Stairmaster {thankfully, it was open},  I reflected back on my first time at the gym. Let me just say, I was anxious. Not only was I anxious but I felt so uncomfortable. I felt like I was admitting to everyone else there that I needed to workout. Almost like, admitting defeat with my body. Clearly, by these thoughts, I wasn’t in the right state of mind with my body image.

To help anyone who is new to the gym and may be feeling any level of anxiousness, here are some tips:

  • More than likely, people are looking in your direction but not at you. I look in the mirror when I exercise not to be vain but to check my form. Sometimes, there is someone in the same direction as my reflection. It may seem like I’m looking at them but I’m not.
  • Consider wearing a hat if you think people are looking at you or if you want a sense of a shield around you.
  • Look at yourself in the mirror when you exercise. Looking at yourself while exercising isn’t vain, it’s smart. Proper form is so, so important and poor form can result in injury. How do you know if your form is poor if you can’t see what you’re doing
  • Creating a plan of attack before walking in the gym will help keep you accountable. This isn’t just a newbie thing, professional athletes have a plan of attack when they step in to the gym. It’s what series gym-goers do, they have a plan.
  • Don’t spend heaps of money on gym clothes. I made this mistake. I thought that if I looked like a fit chick that just walked out of a magazine that I would have fit-chick-magazine abs {if only it were that easy}. Reward yourself with new gym clothes after you kill it for a month straight of exercise or after you haven’t had a treat meal in a few weeks. Reward yourself after you complete your goal.
  • Make realistic goals! Stop the ‘lose 10 lbs’ goal and focus on commitment. Commit yourself to exercise 5 days a week for a month. That is a good goal. Shift your mind from a number on the scale and focus on lifestyle changes.
  • Reward yourself once you complete your goal of exercising 5 days a week for a month. Here is the kicker, reward yourself with anything but food. Go shopping, have a spa day or buy a new fitness accessory. Food shouldn’t be a reward or a punishment. 
  • Above all, never give in to your self-doubt.

Will over noise,
Jenn 

 

About trimwithjenn

My blogging goal is to give you at least one health, fitness and / or wellness tip!

1 Response

  1. Loved loved loved this post, especially when it came to the point about buying the super fab gym clothes to look like a fit chick! From personal experience, going to the gym in the beginning can be very overwhelming – so much equipment, so many people who know what they are doing, so many eyes looking at you because you don’t know what you are doing … at least your post will now make another newbie feel a little comfortable. Happy happy New Year! And may all of your fitness dreams become a reality 🙂

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