New to the gym, where to start?

With so much fitness information out there it can be hard to know where to begin! This is especially true if you’ve never actually put a focus on exercise and personal health & fitness before. Here are a few of my top tips to anyone starting off.

  1. Identify your “why,” “what,” and “how” so you can be clear about your goals (you can even write these down).
  2. Try starting with three 30-minute workouts a week to pace yourself.
  3. Prioritise consistency.
  4. Find other active people to support your efforts.
  5. Do workouts you actually like – you’re more likely to stick with it.
  6. Invest in a great pair of shoes – your body will thank you for it!
  7. To avoid burnout and injury, start slow and build it up
  8. Accept that you’ll have setbacks along the way
  9. Think of working out as an act of self-care.
  10. Master fundamental movements like squats, lunges, presses & pulls before getting too fancy.
  11. Don’t compare yourself to people who are further along in their fitness journey.
  12. Know that results don’t happen right away – it’s a lifestyle change we are going for
  13. Set SMART goals, Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant/Realistic & Timely (Set athletic goals, like doing push-ups on your toes instead of your knees or running a certain distance)

This list can easily be added too but certainly following these will get you going on your way!

James