Once you decide to start getting in shape one of the first things you will do is head out and join a gym. And while this is a great first step, most people end up in the same place they started due to the overwhelm that often comes along joining a gym.
Here are 3 of the biggest fitness newbies make and how to avoid them:
#1 – Socializing Way Too Much While At The Gym
While its nice to make friends at the gym, you don’t want to spend so much time socializing that you don’t get a good workout in. Far too many beginners have full length conversations in between sets. They literally spend 5 minutes talking to someone in the gym and it is completely ridiculous.
Always remember the reason you are at the gym which is to get in shape. Also remember there are others in the gym who may need the equipment you are using. If you are holding up the equipment due to your extensive conversation you may be negatively affecting their workout as well as your own.
#2 – Going To The Gym Without A Plan
The absolute worse thing you can do is go to the gym without a plan. This will lead to you wasting a ton of time walking around socializing with other people who also don’t have a plan. Eau Claire Gyms owner Ryan Boos recommends keeping a journal so you can easily keep track of your workouts.
Before you head to the gym you should write down your workout in your journal. If you aren’t sure what type of workout to do you can find thousands of free ones online at sites such as Bodybuilding.com.
#3 – Forgetting About Nutrition
It doesn’t matter how long or how often you workout, if your nutrition is not reigned in you will not see the results you are after. You will literally be spinning your wheels and going nowhere. Working out and nutrition are like love and marriage, you can’t have one without the other. And to be completely honest, nutrition is well over 80% of the fitness puzzle.
If you get your nutrition right you will see results in no time at all. And just like you can use a journal to track your workouts, you should also use it to track your nutrition. Doing so will make it a lot easier for you to make adjustments as they are needed.