Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Confessions of a gym-aholic

So I thought I'd share some advice being this time of year. At the moment I am actually on a self ban since I learnt my lesson last year do not go for the first week on January last year I walked in an straight back out. By the second week last year it was quiet again (everyone given up there resolutions). However this year second week on and still busy. So yes I am going back the third week. It has killed me waiting and not going :( So if you're serious about it hold off until the mid of January.

Also if you're going to join a gym visit them at the same time you plan on going if not at the peak time 5-6pm so you can see how busy it will be or quite it will be. I see so many people make this mistake visiting when its quite of a day time then planing to go in the evenings. It will give you a better idea if you go at the time you'd actually work out at.

  • Don't overdo it - Just do what you can, try to push yourself each day, set your own goals and try to beat yourself. Don't try to keep up with other people.
  • Don't spend a fortune on your gym clothes. It won't make you any fitter or lose weight any faster. They tend not to go out of style anyway and you'll be sweating in them. Just make sure there comfortable. I try to get high waisted joggers for when your bending over the last thing you want is a builders bum! Also keep an eye out for sales.
  • Track your progress - The best thing I've done is invest in a heart rate monitor so you can actually see what your doing. It shows you when your working hardest, so you can see what works your body the best and how many calories you burn.
  • Just think - I don't do diets. Just be conscious of what your eating. Allow yourself to have snacks just remember not everyday/in moderation. Think before you eat is it worth it? Along with how hard will you have to work to make up for it. 
  • Don't take weekends off. That's 2 days you will proberly eat crap and sit on your bum. Keep going like normal it should be a lifestyle change not a chore. Even if you do 30 mins on weekends it makes a difference. 
  • Start small - Little changes e.g if you always drink pop try to change to water cutting pop down to every other day and so on.


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