So whilst I’m on the mend, and taking time out from running I’ve been itching to spend more time outside. I’ve found myself drawn to road cycling. Now let me tell you, this isn’t something that comes naturally to me and I hate cycling on the road. But I’ve never let my fears rule me before, and I’m looking forward to learning a new skill and sport. However, in saying all this I’ve no idea where on earth to start and have been scrolling every inch of the internet for “how to get into road cycling” articles. Not to mention the thought of cycling in groups! All of this thought, made me think about fitness as a whole. Whilst this is new to me, it’s not to other seasoned cyclists. Much like my usual form of exercise is to me. So I felt a need to come on here, and write a post about where to start if you’ve never stepped foot in a gym. Because I know it can be scary, daunting and everything in between but the chances are it’s a whole lot worse in our heads then the real deal.
Wear clothing your comfortable in
You can get the flashest of gym gear, but let’s face it we all have the favourites and it’s usually the oldest pair of leggings in the drawer! Comfort is key whenever you’re doing something new, and the gym isn’t any different. Not only will you feel more at ease, you won’t be worrying about a transparent pair of leggings or a sports bra that doesn’t keep you in! There’s workout gear galore these days, but if you’re looking for something new I’d recommend Sweaty Betty, Nike and Adidas.
Invest in the invisible cloak AKA a pair of headphones
I don’t know about you, but when I put my headphones on regardless of where I am, it seems to block out the world. Same goes for when you’re in the gym! Not to mention having some music helps get you going, but it’s also a great way to make you feel more at ease. Just stick on your favourite playlist and you’re away!
Have a plan of action
It’s totally normal to have no idea what you’re doing in the gym, but don’t let that put you off. The more you go, the more you’ll learn and be able to try new exercises. But I would advise having a few ideas up your sleeve before rocking up. You’ll have a more effective workout, plus it can be daunting walking around a gym stuck with what to do. Firstly you can book yourself in for a consultation at your gym, just chat to the receptionists. They should talk you through the gym space, and give you a place to start. There’s also lot’s of workouts online, just ensure you’re comfortable with the exercise and if you’re not don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Take it one workout at a time
You’ve started working out, that’s amazing! Find a way to enjoy the process, and praise yourself for each and every workout you do. Whilst it can be daunting, trying new exercises and hitting a personal best is so rewarding. It’s so easy to loose sight of where you started, to keep on top of your progress, keep track of your reps and weight you’re using. You can also video your workouts, and check back each month!
I really hope this helps you to make those all important steps to start exercising, because once you’ve started you wont look back. And if you’re looking for a more personal approach, I’m a Personal Trainer in Surrey. I also offer online coaching, so I can reach you anywhere in the world. Find more information here.