~ Collaborative Post ~ Practical Advice For New Gym Goers

"While it’s important to feel confident in your body and to love yourself no matter what, it can’t hurt to keep yourself in shape and to enjoy the very many physical and mental-health benefits of exercise. Yet for new gym-goers, this potential new hobby or lifestyle choice can seem rather daunting. We imagine the gym to be a place filled with warriors, only the most capable and athletic heroes using the equipment all day and all night.

But of course, the gym is filled with normal people like you or me, just trying to get better and make a healthy choice in their lives. There’s no reason to be afraid. Provided you adhere to best practice, research the exercise form and curate a plan before you get there, you’ll be in safe hands. For the most part, gyms are happy to give you a starting induction if one is required. Yet for the most part, it can also be that the best practical advice is found as follows. Please, consider:

Practice Great Gym Etiquette

Fantastic gym etiquette is one of those things that we wish to see in others, so it’s best to set the example ourselves. Thankfully, most people feel this way in most gyms around the world. This is because gym staff set important standards, and users that act in this way are welcomed. Re-rack your weights. Politely ask if you can ‘work in’ with another gym-goer if they are taking rest periods on the machine you need to use. Be sure to wipe down your machine after use with wipes, or ask if someone nearby is using said item before hopping on. The more you do this, the more people will appreciate having you around, and the better the gym becomes for everyone.

Start Simple

Start simple when at the gym. You may have a plan that you wish to enact, and that’s great. For instance, you may decide to start a weightlifting program you have found online. But first, familiarize yourself with that gym equipment. Spend time learning where everything is. Ensure you have enough water, and that you brought a padlock along with you for the changing rooms. Start out with a test run on a machine if this is your first time. Remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your perfect body. The more you can feel comfortable in this space, the better.

Stay Hygienic

Stay hygienic when in the gym. Be sure to wash your hands before and after a gym session. Bring your own water bottle. Ensure that you have a change of clothes and shower if you need to. Asking ‘can verrucas spread?’ can also help you stay safe around the pool or shower facilities, and learn how to protect against or resolve such issues. Additionally, it can sometimes be worth bringing hand gel if you want to stay safe between certain machine uses, especially during flu season. The more we can practice good hygiene, the safer the gym will be.

With this advice, we hope you can easily follow the best practical advice for new gym-goers."


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