Some people subscribe to the “New Year, New Me!” But, this mindset can happen on any day of the year if you want to make the change; whenever you are ready, all that matters is that you’re doing it to better yourself!
For someone just beginning an exercise program, remember everyone was new at one point. Don’t be embarrassed by being unsure of how to use equipment or not knowing how to do an exercise properly. Try your best to not be over whelmed by the new experience. Here are some tips for starting an exercise program:
- Ask questions – Ask the staff anything you are unsure of. We are here to help and make you feel comfortable. Ask any of the exercise physiologists and they would be happy to show you how to use the machines or do an exercise properly.
- Start off small – Keep it as simple as getting to the gym 3 days a week. It is better to be consistent over several days v. coming in one day and over doing it. If only attend one day and over do it, you are asking to get injured.
- Learn a little at a time – Learn 3 exercises or machines and master them. From there keep adding 2-3 exercises after you master the original ones. Keep adding exercises to your routine and you will soon feel comfortable in the gym; each new exercise you learn will be easier.
These are simple steps to get started in the gym and to feel comfortable doing it. The Exercise Physiologists here at Peak Performance are always here to help and teach you valuable information that you will help improve your health for years to come!
By Corynne Periera