We’re all living busy lives, and no one wants to waste time on anything that is ineffective at meeting goals. So, when you hit the gym, you probably want to reap the most results for your time. Address these five goals each week, and you will be well on your way to meeting your fitness or weight loss objectives.
Tackle the free weights area. Many people shy away from the free weight area, because they’re not sure what to do. Just one or two sessions with a personal trainer will help you learn how to use weights effectively, so it’s a good investment of your time and money.
Remember your etiquette. This tip isn’t so much about results, but will help you fit in and feel welcome at the gym. Wipe down equipment after you’re finished, return things to their proper place, mind other users’ “space bubbles”, and avoid long rest periods on equipment. Be mindful that others are waiting their turn.
Consider flexibility. Many people think of the gym as a place to burn calories or build strength, and then get out. But learning the correct stretches before and after exercise can help you become more fit overall, and prevent injuries.
Try something new. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut at the gym, but this will lead to boredom and temptation to quit. Challenge yourself by trying a new machine or class each week or so. You might even boost your weight loss results by challenging yourself with new and different types of exercise, because this often increases calorie burn.
Commit. Some people make the mistake of hitting the gym five days per week, and then quitting after two weeks. Commit to a schedule you can actually uphold. It’s better to go two or three times per week, consistently throughout the year, than to risk burnout.
For more fitness and weight loss advice, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. And of course, it’s always best to consult a physician before attempting new types of exercise. We can assess your overall fitness level, decide upon reasonable and safe goals together, and help you create a supportive and effective nutrition plan.