- Just show up
It may seem simple, but it’s the biggest thing you can do. The more you go, the stronger and more comfortable you’ll feel. Start out at 30-60 minutes for 2-3 days a week. As you generate momentum you can build up the amount of time that focuses on your workout goals.
- Work with a trainer
Trainers are not just for bodybuilders. They work with a cross section of gym members, all at various skill levels. They’ll give you an inside scoop on the facility, from how to use machines to how to choose a class. And they cater their advice to you. Many gyms offer free sessions for new members, so sign up if that’s offered.
- Cash in on classes
Compare your gym’s class schedule to your own, and get into a weekly routine. Striving for set times each week will make it easier to manage your time and get yourself out the door. Plus, choose a variety of class styles. It will keep your week exciting and help avoid ruts.
- Investigate amenities
From pools to smoothie bars, many gyms have unique features that go beyond your workout. For example, the Sewall Healthy Living Center offers many health-centered programs and therapies, like massage, acupuncture and nutrition counseling.
- Keep it social
Buddy up whenever possible, or better yet, organize a workout team. When friends know your exercise goals, they can help keep you accountable. As an added bonus, spending gym time with friends makes the workout more fun.
- Time it right
Plan your gym time for right before or right after work. You’re more likely to fit your workout in when you’re already out. Pack your bag in advance to both save time and serve as motivation if you find it waning.
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