How to Start Exercising Again

Have proper gym induction

Gym-EquipmentGoing along to a gym, especially after a long absence, can be quite daunting. Since you last went, you may find that a lot of the equipment you previously used has since been replaced and the feeling of not knowing how to use a piece of equipment can easily put you off! In this instance, ensure you have a proper induction so you are familiar with all the fitness machines as this will make you more confident about going back to the gym and will also prevent you from feeling uncomfortable if you think you are using a piece of equipment incorrectly.

Do exercises you enjoy

Many people make the mistake of going to the gym and doing the things that they really detest, and wonder why they never stick at it! If you really detest running on a treadmill, for example, then try other cardiovascular exercise such as cycling or swimming. Only by actually doing exercises that you enjoy will you really want to go to the gym and keep at it and doing regular exercise of your choice is better than doing none at all! Also, try to vary your activities to keep yourself interested.

Do shorter workouts

shutterstockFrequently, people use the excuse that they don’t have enough time to fit in a gym session but even if you’re pushed for time, it should still be possible to fit in a workout no matter how short it is. Remember: it’s quality not quantity that counts so maximize what you do while you are there to get the most of your session. If you’re honest with yourself, you may realize that you spend at least half your time in the gym chatting and generally gazing at what everyone else is doing so, if you cut that out, you’ll easily be able to fit in a session and therefore not have any excuses for not going to the gym!

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