Tips For Beginning Gym Goers
By Michael Branin
I remember when I was a child my mom would work out while watching TV. That image has stuck with me my entire life. She was so dedicated to being fit she would take time every day to do some calisthenics no matter what else was going on in her life. Also she always made sure we had a pretty well rounded diet, with the occasional McDonalds as a treat. I didn’t realize it at the time, but this has likely had a pretty big influence on my life. In a society where fast food and preservatives are the norm I manage to maintain an all around healthy, disciplined diet.
With that said, the new year is coming and I would like to give some beginning tips to any new gym-goers looking to meet their fitness goals this year.
1. Set Simple Goals: Too many people when they start going to the gym set weight goals for themselves and quit when they don’t see results right away. I suggest, when setting goals in the beginning, make them simple like go to the gym four times this week. Then, build the habit from there. Once you have built the habit of going to the gym, you lay the ground work to accomplish any fitness goals you want in due time.
2. Don’t buy supplements: (Many people make the mistake of spending tons of money on whey protein, pre-workout blends and various other supplements before they ever set foot in the gym. Now you’ve wasted one hundred dollars and you have nothing to show for it except a tub of protein powder you will never use again. The only supplement you need when beginning to work out is to drink more water!
3. Keep it simple: Don’t worry about making a workout plan. You are much more likely to go to the gym if you are doing what you enjoy. If everyday is chest day, so be it. That is better than worrying about leg day again next week, then talking yourself out of working out at all. (don’t work your chest everyday, you will hurt yourself.)
4. Diet: This goes along with what I just talked about above. Don’t worry about setting up a meal plan right away, we will worry about that later on. If there is one piece of nutrition advice I would give, it’s this: dont drink any mixed drinks or beer. That’s right: if you want six pack abs while still drinking, you will be drinking that shit straight. Drinking alcohol is already an unhealthy situation, don’t make it worse by adding extra sugar and calories with soda, juices or other mixers.
5. Sleep a lot: I know this sounds too easy and it really is. Sleep is your body’s repair time and you will need a lot of it if you’re going to recover from your workouts, so make sure you get at least 8 hours of sleep. More than eight hours won’t kill you, trust me. You can never have too much sleep.
That about sums it up! Go to the gym, do whatever you want, drink some water, and sleep a lot. Happy New Year and good luck on your fitness journey!