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Starting at the gym for the first time can be easy with these tips from Masterofwellness.

Most people in the U.S. understand the importance of regular exercise, yet only about 35% of the population actually does it on a regular basis

(1). Although this figure has slowly increased over the years, there are still tens of millions of people who aren’t exercising regularly, or who aren’t able to exercise as often as they would like because they just don’t know where to start

(2). For these people, starting at the gym can be intimidating, but with these easy tips from Masterofwellness, you’ll have no problem taking the first step toward a healthier lifestyle.

Why should you join a gym?

Joining a gym is a great way to improve your physical and mental health. It can help you lose weight, gain muscle, and reduce stress. Plus, it’s a great way to meet new people and make friends. However, starting at the gym for the first time can be daunting. Here are some tips to make your first experience a success:

– Take advantage of the free orientation classes they offer. They will show you all of the different machines and equipment, as well as answer any questions that you may have about membership rates or anything else related to their facility.
– Don’t push yourself too hard on day one! You’ll want to take a little bit of time to get used to everything before really getting into an intense workout schedule. Remember that muscles need at least two weeks to recover after being stressed out.
– Be sure that there are other fitness levels around so that you don’t feel intimidated by those who seem more experienced than you are! Remember that everyone was once in your shoes. Just like you, they were unsure of what to do when they started working out for the first time and had no idea what level they should be working at.
– Join a group exercise class if possible. I find them to be much easier than solo workouts because someone is constantly there motivating me and giving me instructions on how to properly use each machine or piece of equipment in the room (as well as making sure I’m doing things safely).

How do you get started?

You don’t need to be a fitness expert to know how to start working out. Just follow these simple tips and you’ll be on your way to a healthier you.
1.  Find a gym that’s right for you. There are all sorts of gyms out there, so it’s important to find one that fits your needs and budget.
2.  Get some workout gear. You don’t need the latest and greatest gear, but you do need something comfortable to wear while you’re working out.
3.  Set goals for yourself. It can be tough to stay motivated when you’re doing workouts by yourself, so make sure to set goals that push you past your comfort zone and motivate you in the process.
4.  Decide what type of exercise is best for you: There are plenty of options available, like running or weight lifting; once you figure out what works best for your lifestyle and schedule, stick with it! Changing up your routine too often can actually backfire and slow down progress.
5.  Remember to prioritize sleep, nutrition, and hydration as well. They go hand-in-hand with being healthy.


How do you stay motivated?

It’s easier to stay motivated when you’re doing something you enjoy. If you don’t like going to the gym, try working out at home or outside. Find a workout buddy or join a sports team. Set goals and reward yourself for reaching them. Take care of your body and eat healthy foods. Finally, don’t compare yourself to others. Everyone is on their own fitness journey. Focus on what works best for you instead of what other people are doing. Avoid comparing yourself to others as this only leads to feelings of inadequacy.

The key is to start small, then add on as your fitness improves

You don’t have to be super fit to start going to the gym. In fact, starting small is often the best way to ease into a new fitness routine. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
1. Choose a gym that’s close to your home or work. This will make it more convenient, and therefore more likely, that you’ll actually go.
2. Start with just a few days a week, and gradually increase as you feel more comfortable.
3. Don’t try to do too much too soon. Pick one or two machines or exercises that you feel comfortable with and stick with those for the first few weeks.
4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from the staff at the gym. If they aren’t busy, they may even be able to show you how to use the equipment properly. When it comes to working out, slow and steady wins the race!


Take advantage of group classes and personal trainers

The first step is to purchase a membership at a local gym. Once you have your membership, you can take advantage of group classes and personal trainers. Both of these services can help you learn the ropes and make the most of your workout routine. Group classes are a great way to meet new people and get motivated, while personal trainers can provide one-on-one attention and instruction. For example, if you’re just starting out, an instructor may instruct you on proper form for different exercises. If you’ve been going to the gym for awhile but still feel like there’s something missing in your workout regimen, see if there are any other fitness classes that might interest you. Remember that everyone has different goals: If yours include weight loss or gaining muscle mass, certain classes may be more beneficial than others.