Type “workout tips” into any search engine and in roughly .24 seconds you’ll have somewhere around 1.2 million hits. It is an intimidating amount of information, the vast majority of which can, and should, be ignored. Even worse, much of it is contradictory.
One website suggests holding your breath while lifting, another suggests breathing deeply, and a third instructs you take shallow breaths to be successful. It’s impossible to do every thing without making yourself crazy.
If you just joined a gym for the first time, all the tips online are enough to make your head spin. It’s hard to sort out the things you should try from the things you should ignore. At this point, you’ll want to reject anything that doesn’t help you succeed.
To be successful at the gym, many important tips to remember are mostly common sense. They’re easily overlooked, but they’re very important. Before you step foot in the gym again, try to remember the following:
Expecting immediate results immediately in disappointment
Excluding a very, very small portion of the population, the majority of us will not see immediate results at the gym. It takes time and tons of effort. If you walk into the health club expecting to see bigger arms in a week, you’re going to be disappointed.
Don’t just diet, don’t just exercise
Succeeding takes a combination of diet and exercise, and anybody who says otherwise is wrong. It’s that simple. No matter what your goals are, they will be easier to achieve if you watch what you eat and workout simultaneously.
Know what you want
Don’t just walk in to your new health club and climb on a cardio machine or start lifting weights. Having a plan, or even just a general idea of what you’d like to accomplish, will go a long way toward being successful. Once you have that plan, you’ll know what to focus on when you get to the gym.
Focus on how you feel
Nobody else knows how your body feels except you. Even if you look in the mirror and don’t see any changes, or the scale is saying you weigh the same after three weeks, focus more on how you feel. If you feel stronger, or healthier, or lighter on your feet, that’s all that matters.
I know, I know…easier said than done, right? But, if you try to make working out fun, you’re more likely to stick with it longer. The longer you go to the gym, the more likely you are to look better and feel better. That’s what joining a gym is all about, no? Find routines that you enjoy. Hate jogging? Skip the treadmill and try a stationary bike. If you’re lifting, before long you’ll find different exercises that you look forward to doing. Stick with these and you’ll succeed in no time.
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