How to make the most of your gym membership
You’ve signed up at the gym and are now one step closer to a healthier you! Now it is time to make the most out of your gym membership, and we’ve put together some top tips to ensure that you are doing just that.
It is important when attending the gym that you have a safe and healthy workout. One of the first things you should do before anything else is to warm up – this essential step helps to increase your heart rate before the main part of your workout, easing your body into the session. When moving onto using the equipment you should always make sure that you have the right form; maintaining good form will not only help to prevent possible injury but will also enhance your strength and stamina. Lastly but perhaps the most important safety tip of all, is to make sure that you stay hydrated whilst working out. Sounds simple enough but is a crucial step to avoid getting hot, sweaty and in some cases fainting.
Preparing what you're doing each day at the gym is a simple yet effective method to ensure a thorough workout and that you’re varying your exercising too. You’ll get more out of your gym session by knowing what part of your body you want to exercise and subsequently what equipment you’re going to use when you arrive – ensuring you have a backup ready if it’s being used. In addition, knowing your end goal will help you figure out what workout routine will suit you best. For example, if you’re trying to lose weight, cardio exercises would be the most effective method.
Routine is another thing you should take into consideration in order to get the most out of your gym session. For example, going to the gym in the morning is a good habit to have since you’ll most likely be tired after work or during the evening. However, whatever time you attend the gym it is good to make a routine of it, write off set days as gym days and go.
Another helpful little routine to have and a great little motivator, is leaving your gym clothes either laid out or having your gym bag ready by the door. Routines can help whilst you’re at the gym as well, for instance it is handy to get into the habit of putting away weights or dumbbells that you’re finished with. This routine is also common gym etiquette, making the gym a safer place for everyone. Another etiquette rule and useful routine, is to wipe down any equipment you have used; at the gym, we all sweat (it’s half the reason we go) and its common gym courtesy to wipe away sweat left on any equipment after you’ve used it.
Bring a friend
A gym buddy has many benefits, not only can they make your gym trips more enjoyable but also bring with them lots of motivational benefits. You’ll be surprised at the difference when you go with a friend who has a strong drive, pushing you to do better. Going to the gym with a friend adds a competitive side to your gym sessions and there is nothing wrong with a bit of friendly competition! A gym buddy can also help you keep track of your reps as well as spot for you when handling heavy weights – ensuring that you are using the correct form and not setting yourself up for injury. It is important to remember, however, when going to the gym with a friend that you work at your own pace and don’t feel pressured to keep up if you’re not ready as this can again lead to injury.
Ask for help
Whether you are unsure how to use a particular machine or need someone to spot you whilst you are lifting weights – simply ask for help from any member of staff! Ask rather than trying by yourself; you can cause injury to yourself or others, meaning that not only do you learn something new but stay safe and make the gym a much safer place too.
So, go on, make the most of the gym and take your workout to the next level.
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