I’ve been going to the gym since December 2014. I started to exercise because I was unfit, and unhappy with my weight. In the beginning, it was really hard. I was embarrassed because I didn’t know what I was doing, I was a bit self-conscious and got puffed very easily. But during the summer I went 4-5 days a week. I walked on the treadmill, did the exercise bike, rowing machine and cross-trainer. After I got comfortable with that, I started using weights. Just dumb bells and kettle bells, along with using some of the machines.
It’s taken a long time, but now I know a lot more about the gym and exercising. So, I thought I’d share some things I’ve learnt over the last 6-7 months about exercise and gym etiquette .
1. – Wear proper shoes and bring a towel.
If you don’t wear shoes that are comfortable and supportive then you’ll be in for a world of pain. Also, try to remember to bring a towel, it comes in handy for wiping yourself and your machine down. I wish I would remember to bring one more often!
2. – Wipe down the machines you use.
It’s pretty disgusting to sit on a machine and realise you’re sitting in someone’s sweat. Gross. Wipe it down!
3. – Think about personal training
It can be good to get a professional to help you reach your goals. For me, I didn’t find it helpful because after each session I wouldn’t be able to walk properly for days and it made me not want to go to the gym. But, if you want to push yourself, it might be something to consider.
4. – Don’t expect too much too soon
My average weight loss is 0.3-1.0kg per week, and that’s a good week. Some weeks, I stay the same and lose nothing. It happens. Sure, in the beginning you’ll lose weight faster, depending on how much you weigh to start with. But if think you’ll lose 5kgs per week, every week, then that’s definitely not going to happen. You need to have realistic goals.
5. – Keep trying
Even on the weeks you stay the same weight, gain weight, are sick, don’t go to the gym or eat junk, it’s important not to completely give up. Sure, it might be a minor set back, but you can bounce back!
6. – Nobody is watching you
This took me ages to realise, but at the gym, nobody is watching you work out. People are usually focused on their own workout and progress to be looking at you. So do your thing and work out how you want!
7. – Change it up
It’s important to change your workouts regularly. You’ll get bored with doing the same workouts week in, week out. Also, you’ll eventually hit a plateau with your weight loss. You need to push yourself and try different things.
8. – Do it for yourself
This is the most important thing. If you’re going to start working out, toning up, losing weight, building muscle or anything else, then you need to do it for yourself and nobody else. If it’s something you truly want, then it is far easier and you’ll have the intrinsic motivation to keep going. If someone you’re with, your friends or your family are hassling and pressuring you to get fit, you’ll do it for a while but eventually you’ll stop. This is because you need to want it for yourself. If you think you’re okay how you are, then you’re fine!
I’ve lost 13kgs so far, and it’s hard. But it’s so worth it!
What are some gym tips that you know?
Until next time,