If you are struggling or feel alone when it comes to exercising, I want to tell you that you aren’t alone. Life is full of obstacles that can make you feel uncomfortable. For many, it's the gym, or more specifically the weights section of a gym, a place where they feel completely out of their element. If this describes you, I'd like to offer you some words of wisdom to help you take the plunge and begin exercising.
We all had to start somewhere, and this is your opportunity.
It's easy to forget that those who can lift more than their body weight over their heads or off the floor could not do so a few years or even months ago. They, too, had to start with lighter weights, just like you, so remember not to compare yourself with others and to just focus on yourself. Chances are that person has been exercising for years.
Don't be afraid to seek assistance.
Weight training is all about form, and if you have bad form, you will not only be unable to increase your weight, but you will also be at risk of serious injury. You should be able to speak with one of the trainers on duty if you are unsure about an exercise or if you are performing it correctly. A single moment of mild embarrassment is preferable to years of muscle strain and injury!
If you use social media and bring your phone to the gym, check out some Instagram exercises and ideas. There's a lot of content out there created by professionals who know what they're doing. Social media is one of the strongest outlet for knowledge and experience so if you are going to use your phone at the gym, at least this will be productive.
Stick to the fundamentals.
You don't have to do all of those strange-looking moves in the gym. Sticking to the fundamentals is sometimes the best option; once you've mastered those, you can start incorporating your accessory movements. For the time being, focus on your form and those large compound lifts that work the entire body. Exercises like deadlifts and squats are also fantastic because you can start with bodyweight, then progress to dumbbells, and finally to the barbell.
Make a plan and have a goal.
It can be overwhelming to walk into a gym and then wonder, "What am I going to do?" You'll probably end up doing a little bit of everything and feeling a little lost - I know I did! I began by making a few simple notes on my phone about the exercises I wanted to do or writing out a little ab circuit I'd seen on Instagram, and before I knew it, I had a plan and felt confident that I was walking into the gym with a plan of what I was about to train. Having a goal or milestone has also been very helpful with tracking progress and boosting my confidence through the roof.
Most Importantly, enjoy your time.
If you do decide that you want to spend your time at the gym or local park to work out, the most important thing is to enjoy and have fun. If you are miserable working out then find a way to not be miserable. Invite some friends to go workout with, a little competition may push you towards the PR you have been trying to hit or just moral support to keep you motivated and determined. If no one is willing to workout, why not find someone who is working out at the same gym as you. The worst thing someone can say is no. Hopefully these tips and tricks will help you start exercising or improve your current routine.