Getting started with working out at the gym
So you're interested in hitting the gym...
We are all aware of the benefits of taking a trip to the gym. You can lose weight, build muscle, live healthier, be happier, get hot girls, attract hot guys, meet people, live longer, build confidence, etc, etc. There are endless benefits to exercise and working out. But for someone who never goes, it's an annoying and daunting task to start. Being a scrawny computer geek who has steadily gone to the gym 2 or 3 times a week for quite some time now, let me share some tips that helped me make it.
Identify your goals:
We all need goals, identify one for yourself that is attainable! This may require small goals as well as a larger goal. It could be lose 50 pounds but lose 5 pounds every 2 weeks. It could also be bench press 200 pounds but it increase it by 5 pounds every 2 weeks. Make sure you won't get depressed and lose sight of that goal. An unattainable goal will not motivate you to hit the gym. (Remember, it all takes time, my cousin was able to lose 120 pounds! It took him a year though. Ten pounds a month is manageable and realistic.)
Starting out is the hardest part:
Motivating yourself to start going to the gym is the hardest part. As soon as you get your routine going and start seeing even the slightest result, you'll feel better, you'll like it a lot more, and it will be much easier.
Work hard, that's what you're there for!
Sometimes people go to the gym, put in 20 minutes of minimal effort, then walk away and think they've done something. They also tend to be disappointed and stop going after they have no results in a few weeks. You're already at the gym! Put the effort in and make sure you aren't wasting your time. Feel the burn, baby! I promise you'll start liking it after a few weeks.
Listen to your body.
How you feel during and after going to the gym gives you hints on what you're doing right and what you're doing wrong. Pay attention to the pains and other responses your body has, as well as general fatigue. It may give you clues as to whether or not your diet is holding you back, your timing when it comes to when you eat, and what exercises are working well and what aren't. Which muscles become sore is an obvious hint to what you are doing right or wrong. But if you perform particularly bad when running one day, think about what you ate and when, whether or not you got enough sleep, and any other factors that might affect your body. Then learn from these. I personally don't eat a lot before my workout but make sure I get something nutritious. Of course drink a lot of water (watch our for yellow pee!).
I'm bad at this too, but it is important. Try to improve your diet. Eat less fatty foods, eat a more balanced diet, and if you want to build muscle make sure you get protein! Most people understand the general idea behind a good diet so I won't cover it. If you want to dive into depth, that's beyond me but I'm sure you can find plenty of articles on Google.
Motivate yourself... in the mirror
We all do it, we just don't admit it. Take a look in the mirror! Bigger muscles? Less fat? Soak it up! You deserve it.
I'm not a gym fanatic, or a health nut, but I have steadily been exercising and working out for a while. It makes me feel a lot better. I'm not getting ridiculously buff but I have improved a lot. For those who don't work out sometimes it feels like an impossible task, but it really isn't. You don't need to spend hundreds on gym clothes, workout equipment, exercise videos, sweat bands, mp3 players for essential gym music, etc. You don't need to completely change your diet or devote all your time to working out. A little bit of effort can help a lot. Think of it in terms of a long timeline. You may not be a world class body builder, but if you can hit the gym sometimes and put up at least a good amount of effort, you can avoid the beer belly, the love handles, some health problems, and perhaps some depression.
So good luck, work hard, and stay motivated!
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