Your Very First Day at the Gym: What to Do and What You Need to Know


January 21, 2019

It's not impossible to feel intimidated on your first day at the gym particularly when you have no idea where to begin. Your mind gets flooded with dozens of unanswered questions—What to wear, what type of workout to do, how the machines work and when is the best time for your workouts.

The truth is that everything starts from somewhere and mustering up the willpower to finally hit the gym is an essential starting point of your workout journey. Whether you’re looking to shed off that holiday weight or simply want to maintain that nice shape, there are several things you may need to know to help you avoid minor mistakes and exaggerated expectations.

Make a realistic plan

The fact that you’ve decided to start the gym means that you may need to shift one or two things that you used to do before to create time for the commitment. You will also need to decide whether you will go for morning or evening work out depending on your schedule and workout duration.

Don’t overdo it

It's virtually normal to feel overwhelmed by the sight of other gym members looking fit and having that body size that you've always yearned for. This leads to a common mistake of overworking and overtraining that only leads to decreased performance, demotivation, high blood pressure, poor sleep patterns, and ultimate frustrations.

Working out with an intention to lose 10 pounds on your first day isn't the best way to begin the session. Remember that you're on the road to increased strength, bigger muscles, and stronger bones and that cannot be a one-day process.

Note down every progress

One of the best ways to track down your progress is by writing down everything from the first day of your workout. If you want to lose some weight, you might want to keep a record of your weight to determine whether you're shedding something or not.

From the write-up, it's pretty easy to follow up on your workout progress and decide which workouts are best for you or even choose whether you may need to incorporate proper diet in the system or not.

Congratulations for managing to pull through your first day at the gym! Working out is not a form of punishment. In fact, it is one of the most exciting activities once you get used to it.